BRITISH writer and comedian Stephen Fry one wrote:
I’ve always believed that everything that is said from authority is either the authority of one’s own heart, one’s own brain, one’s own reading, one’s own trust, but not the authority of someone who claims it because they’re speaking for God and they know the truth because it’s written in a book. That, essentially, is where I come from. In a sense, tolerance is my religion. Reason is my religion.
Well, this week Fry, who is gay, met a man in Moscow who does believe he has divine authority, Vitaly Milonov the ginger Christian fool who masterminded the Russian anti-gay bill that makes “propaganda of homosexuality among minors” punishable by up to $16,200.
The draft was supported by parliament in January. Its ambiguous wording has lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists worried about its enforcement.
Fry is making a two-part BBC documentary called Out There, which is about gay rights around the globe, and managed to confronted Milonov, who is reported here as saying after his meeting with Fry:
As a person, I am profoundly against gay parades, because I am an Orthodox Christian and the demonstration of the sin of Sodom is repellent to me. If, God forbid, I happened to see a crowd of those citizens — like they do in Berlin, I’ve seen photographs where men with all sorts of dildos are running around semi-naked — it’s natural that I’d try to take my children aside, so that they would not see this perversion.
He also said:
Fry is making a film about gays and according to the rules of the genre, he needed an opinion opposing his. But in reality he was not at all interested in it. For him, we who support the law against promotion of homosexuality are just crazy savages. This law and our attitude to homosexuality is our internal affair. It’s our own choice. We don’t want to see our civilisation die.
Previously, Milonov defended the law, reasoning that it is
Directed at the protection of motherhood and childhood, rather than at restricting human rights.
In this report, the councilman said that he would pray for Fry and his family. Of his meeting with Fry, Milonov said:
It was curious, like touching another civilization. I mostly listened. He believes I am the worst man in Russia.
Fry’s interview with the anti-gay lawmaker comes on the heels of a new survey conducted by the Levada-Center about anti-gay sentiments in Russia. The survey revealed 85 percent opposed same-sex marriage, 22 percent said gays need compulsory treatment, 34 percent think homosexuality is a disease and five percent said gays should be eradicated.