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  •  There's setting aside political "differences" to (8+ / 0-)

    come together to compete; but what Russia is doing has nothing to do with political "differences."  

    Russia is saying that a certain group of athletes are personae non gratae simply because they are the kind of people they are; and it is putting those athletes on advance notice that it will be watching for any opportunity to harass them or even arrest them.  No matter where those athletes come from, no matter what their nationality.

    What does "propaganda" mean under Russian law?  If a person walks a certain way, wears their hair in a certain style, are they considered propagandists who are dangerous and must be arrested?  If a person opens their voice to speak and their voice seems objectionable or different, can that be counted as "propagandizing" under Russian law?

    The issue is that Russia has made it clear that it regards gay people as walking "propagandists", just because they exist as gay people.  It has declared open hunting season on gay people simply for being gay.

    That has nothing to do with "political differences."  That is sheer dehumanization and bigotry.

    That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

    by concernedamerican on Wed Aug 14, 2013 at 11:23:17 AM PDT

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