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Anti-Gay Demonstrators in Sochi Identified as Americans

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On Friday we reported that Sports Illustrated had filmed some anti-gay demonstrators freely preaching against gays outside the Sochi train station with police standing idly by. At the same time in other places in Russia LGBT activists were being arrested and beaten.

The WSJ has identified the anti-gay protesters:

One of the three men in Sochi—Larry Craft from Rochester, N.Y.—said that earlier in the day, they had spent a few hours at the police station after their banner got them in trouble. It read, “God bless Putin for his stance on homosexuals.” He said that they were allowed to return to the sidewalk if they promised to put the banner away.

They didn’t reserve their ire exclusively for homosexuals. Mr. Craft explained that the three men were speaking out against everything from abortion and sex addiction, to atheism, drunkenness, and “church gossips.” His position was also laid out on his sweatshirt.

They're on their way to Mardi Gras in New Orleans after Sochi. Craft has been arrested in New Orleans.

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  1. Not surprising at all-the teavangelicals in the United States have found that the field has been pretty well played out here and they have expanded their outreach to Russia and the former Soviet Republics as well as Africa to spread their message of intolerance, hate and lies. This is not new news----it is just that anything that passes for news in America doesn't want to explore this because it relates to the Christian faith and that is something we don't do here-ever- it is a dominionist dream with horrifying consequences.

    Posted by: Nick | Feb 9, 2014 10:16:32 AM


  2. Guess the church gossips called him a homo and he wasn't happy

    Posted by: Ted | Feb 9, 2014 10:43:21 AM


  3. I honestly find it so fascinating that these religious people so believe in what they preach that they spend so much time and money to do so, including flying halfway around the world. While the hooligans behind Occupy Paedophilia have to know they are themselves sadistic, do these religious protesters realize they are spewing hate?

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Feb 9, 2014 11:05:44 AM


  4. American Christians are truly the lowest form of life on the planet.

    Posted by: Steve | Feb 9, 2014 11:16:34 AM


  5. The sign being in English was a clue.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 9, 2014 11:23:45 AM


  6. Russia requires a permit to demonstrate. Please send me a copy of the permit.

    Posted by: Errol Semple | Feb 9, 2014 12:40:57 PM


  7. Homosex is a sin to you, to me it is Heaven.

    Posted by: trees | Feb 9, 2014 1:01:42 PM


  8. "His position was also laid out on his sweatshirt"
    ...as all truly valid and rational ideas tend to be expressed.

    Posted by: Miguel R | Feb 9, 2014 1:25:10 PM


  9. Are any of YOU Americans going to do anything about the anti-gay American metastatic cancer speading around the world?! These anti-gay people, Scott Lively et al., come back to America after they are done their trips... What are YOU Americans going to do before their NEXT trip? Or are y'all just going to wait around and complain when they successfully convince another country to start legislating against and hunting gays?! I'm so frustrated with Americans right now that seem so vocal and yet let this anti-gay cancer spread EVERYWHERE. It's America's homophobes that are speading their crusade everywhere, I think America should be part of the solution in FIXING THIS.

    Posted by: PinkTriangle | Feb 9, 2014 1:28:59 PM


  10. Pinktriangle:
    Unfortunately I cannot offer any hope that America will do anything about these purveyors of mythology and hate. Attacking anything to do with whores for the buy bull in this country is off-limits even if they are a bunch of wack jobs who make no sense whatsoever and do real tangible damage to those they inflict their lies and deceit on. Our Purtianical origins will forever be our achilles heel.

    Posted by: Nick | Feb 9, 2014 1:58:56 PM


  11. Thank you Nick for your reply.

    Also to any other reader: I apologize for coming off so harshly. I stand by my argument, but I could have approached it differently.

    I'm feeling panicked lately when I think about gays in the world.

    Posted by: PinkTriangle | Feb 9, 2014 2:09:19 PM


  12. What would you suggest we do PinkTriangle? Here in America, we consistently and persistently denounce these bigots and are usually pretty successful in doing so, whether it's in the media or counter-demonstrations. But we can't physically prevent these folk from traveling to other nations to spread their hate. Maybe if the countries they travel to deny their entry on the basis of hate speech, then we'd be getting somewhere.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Feb 9, 2014 5:53:21 PM


  13. @PINKTRIANGLE, they can no more be shut down for making unfair attacks against gays than you can be shut down for making unfair attacks against all Americans. Brian Brown and Scott Lively at least have the guts to put their names to their attacks, which is more than I can say for you. Of all the people you could blame for the suffering of gays worldwide--the thugs who attack us, the lawmakers who criminalize us, the voters who elected the lawmakers, the Christian supremacists who lobbied the lawmakers, the clergy, celebrities, and journalists who incited the voters--you attack those who have no more culpability than you and who are doing no less than you.

    The reason you feel panicked is because you're so far from being rational that the prospect *you* could ever devise a way to help is utterly beyond your reach. You can't even save yourself from being a hypocrite.

    Posted by: JJ | Feb 9, 2014 6:05:27 PM


  14. Right, now that they're out there they can have their passports revoked and stay there. They can then end up being the target of that lovely Mr Putin and his wonderful government as it cracks down on the homeless.

    Posted by: Mr Stuie | Feb 9, 2014 6:20:37 PM


  15. @ JJ "Brian Brown and Scott Lively at least have the guts to put their names to their attacks, which is more than I can say for you." Look who's talking...

    "Of all the people you could blame for the suffering of gays"
    - And what would you know about what I do with my 24hrs a day?!

    "...you're so far from being rational that the prospect *you* could ever devise a way to help is utterly beyond your reach.
    - F*** Y***. And what 'prospect' was that I 'devised' above, anyway??

    @ SPACECADET "But we can't physically prevent these folk from traveling to other nations to spread their hate."
    - That's too bad. Well, this will be part of America's history. In the future we'll have to talk about America when we talk about the spead of anti-gay animus in the world.

    Posted by: PinkTriangle | Feb 9, 2014 7:36:24 PM


  16. @ JJ "Brian Brown and Scott Lively at least have the guts to put their names to their attacks, which is more than I can say for you." Look who's talking...

    "Of all the people you could blame for the suffering of gays"
    - And what would you know about what I do with my 24hrs a day?!

    "...you're so far from being rational that the prospect *you* could ever devise a way to help is utterly beyond your reach.
    - F*** Y***. And what 'prospect' was that I 'devised' above, anyway??

    @ SPACECADET "But we can't physically prevent these folk from traveling to other nations to spread their hate."
    - That's too bad. Well, this will be part of America's history. In the future we'll have to talk about America when we talk about the spead of anti-gay animus in the world.

    Posted by: PinkTriangle | Feb 9, 2014 7:36:33 PM


  17. Pinktriangle, you're hardly coming up with any ideas yourself so by your logic you and whatever nation you are from are just as culpable as America. So what are your ideas?

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Feb 9, 2014 7:41:58 PM


  18. @Pinktriangle...its very easy and very ignorant to throw all Americans under the same umbrella. Please let us know what wonderful utopia you live in? I'm sure i can find some flaw with you and "your people".

    Posted by: Chickletts | Feb 9, 2014 7:47:03 PM


  19. @Pinktriangle...its very easy and very ignorant to throw all Americans under the same umbrella. Please let us know what wonderful utopia you live in? I'm sure i can find some flaw with you and "your people".

    Posted by: Chickletts | Feb 9, 2014 7:47:04 PM


  20. @ JJ Furthermore, "...than you can be shut down for making unfair attacks against all Americans." <--- THIS is your response after I apologise?!
    Really, F*** Y**

    If I'm "so far from being rational" then you f***ing figure it out.

    @SPACECADET - Sorry apparently I'm too irrational to contribute here. And no, every other nation is not just as culpable as America for what Americans do. You figure out a way to make it stop. It's YOUR problem.

    Posted by: PinkTriangle | Feb 9, 2014 7:47:08 PM


  21. @ CHICKLETS F*** Y** too. A churlish attitude won't help. And my apology was misplaced for this audience, clearly. I take it back.

    Posted by: PinkTriangle | Feb 9, 2014 7:48:54 PM


  22. This is the same wet diaper who stands in the middle of the street on the 100 block of Bourbon during Mardi Gras holding up that sign that basically says, "You're all going to Hell!" is it?

    That's a very odd sort of fetish to have. Guys that flash their junk to unwitting bystanders, I can kind of understand. Proudly displaying the fact that you're a d!ckbag in front of large crowds of people is a bizarre way to get your rocks off.

    Posted by: FFS | Feb 9, 2014 7:58:36 PM


  23. PinkTriangle,

    We are all human beings. Therefore it is also YOUR problem. Take a good long look in the mirror before you point the finger at others. Why are you making divisions of responsibility based solely on nationality?

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Feb 9, 2014 8:07:38 PM


  24. @PINKTRIANGLE, saying you apologize for your tone but you stand by your attack--your hypocritical, cowardly, and unfair attack--doesn't qualify as an apology. And calling your attack an "argument" is fallacious. Arguments involve rationales.

    Posted by: JJ | Feb 9, 2014 8:30:17 PM


  25. Can we not expend all of our emotional energy fighting each other over petty crap when we can do something more constructive for the cause? Even if none of you or some of you or all of you have taken direct action against the hatred-driven actions of people at home and abroad, it's never too late to do more. Stop acting out of guilt or frustration or whatever it is towards each other and direct your anger at the problem. Brainstorm, assemble people, do something little or big - it doesn't matter. Just stop going around in circles about it.

    Posted by: WOLF | Feb 9, 2014 9:30:42 PM


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