(Original post here.)
Human rights advocates now have until November 30 to add signatures to the All Out petition to get St. Petersburg lawmakers to strike down a bill that would create a structure of fines for “homosexual propaganda” in any medium that could be seen by children. The petition has almost 230,000 signatures. If you feel so inclined, keep signing!
Igor Volsky at ThinkProgress continues to be a great English-language source for news on the issue. Today’s post illustrates the maxim that as a given instance of fearmongering becomes more hysterical, the odds that it will invoke the demographic crisis grow exponentially. Here, we examine not the cancer-causing nature of abortions or the Muslims and Chinese who are poised to overrun Moscow at any moment, but the sinister nature of childcare centers named for rainbows:
Elena Babich, a local lawmaker who voted in favor of the legislation on its first reading, explains in a column for Izvestia that the measure is designed to save Russia from the same fate now plaguing neighboring Germany:
In Germany, they have awakened to their ongoing extinction as a nation. But here [in Russia], during the day of the city, we have hanging all over St. Petersburg the face of Peter the First and a bright rainbow. Why the rainbow, when it’s the global symbol of the gays? But here, all around the city – from the kindergarten “Rainbow” to the pharmacy “Rainbow.” All rejoice. Soon we will be rejoicing to the point of extinction.
One correction: Elena Babich was only mentioned in the Izvestiya column – she wasn’t the author of it. (Volsky’s wording makes that unclear, I think.) She’s a lawmaker for the racist, sexist, homophobic, nationalist Liberal Democratic Party (pretty savvy branding, eh?), and hopefully not a good barometer of public opinion. I mean, I would imagine most people would think twice before making the claim that Germany has it all figured out re: the “death of the race” (translated here as “extinction as a nation”).
Also, one linguistic note: Babich sounds just as silly, but a lot wittier in Russian – where rainbow (raduga) and rejoice (radovat’sya) have the same root. We’re rainbowing ourselves to death, here!