The Muthaship: mikaloyd: Did anyone hear who won the gold?Yep.Link
Confabulat: I sound fat: this is not persecuting as much as not allowing people to talk about gay rights matters around children.But he was giving an interview to the media. Which will be shown on TV. Which will be watched by children.The whole "children" thing is just a silly ruse to get rid of gays, but surely you know that. No one is that clueless.
timujin: Jsin82: bubbaprog: Yeah, he didn't break the law, and not only that he openly said he wouldn't break the law (i.e. he wouldn't actually speak out against the anti-gay laws) for fear of being arrested for breaking it. That's not heroic.Reading comprehension fail or DRTFA? He specifically said it WASN'T for fear of being arrested."I say this not out of fear of prosecution by the Russian government, but out of respect for the fact that I will be a guest in the host nation. Just as I would not accept a dinner invite to a friend's house and then lecture them on how to raise their kids, neither will I lecture the Russian government on how to govern their people "There was also this tidbit, which does seem to indicate that fear of arrest is, at least partially, a factor:"Whether you're gay, straight, black, white, we all deserve the same rights. If there's anything I can do to champion the cause and further it, I will, shy of getting arrested."Not that I blame him, I wouldn't want to go to Russian jail. I do have to wonder, though, if Russia would have the balls to send an American to jail if he or she stood on the podium and said, "I support gay rights and I think what the Russian government is doing is wrong." Or, maybe, just stood there with their fist up in a salute of defiance while wearing pink (instead of, say, black) gloves.
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