It's a well-established fact that American evangelicals have been increasingly exporting their homophobia abroad as their losses pile up at home.
One of the places where that bigotry has most firmly taken root, of course, is Russia, where the government is cracking down on the basic rights of LGBT people and turning a blind eye to a shocking upsurge in anti-LGBT vigilante violence.
But according to a new report from Right Wing Watch, evangelical anti-gay, pro-Russian advocacy doesn't stop at that country's borders: the World Congress of Families -- an SPLC-certified anti-LGBT hate group -- is meddling in the crisis in Ukraine.
But the World Congress of Families' involvement in relations between Ukraine, Russia, and the European Union is more complicated than [the WCF's Don] Feder's release lets on. Although WCF has distanced itself from Feder's foreign policy opinions, Feder has been very clear where his loyalty lies in Ukraine's unrest. In a column earlier this month, Feder attacked the "Maidan mob" that had ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych and bashed the EU's "willingness to accept same-sex 'marriage,' abortion on demand, and anti-religion ethos."
And the WCF itself has allied with anti-EU activists in Ukraine to push anti-gay causes, putting itself right in the middle of a powerful anti-EU wedge issue.
Many right-wing groups, including the World Congress of Families, have enthusiastically praised Russian President Vladimir Putin's new focus on opposing gay rights and abortion access, promoting large families, and close alliance with the Russian Orthodox church, while conveniently ignoring the role these "family issues" play in his consolidation and expansion of power. When Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine two weeks ago, that dynamic became harder to ignore...
Speaking at a press conference in Kiev in October , Feder warned Ukrainians against following the US into the "abyss" of gay rights.
"Everywhere you look, from Washington to the United Nations to the European Union to the courts, the family is threatened," he said. "There are forces in your country that want to put you on the road America's taken. I urge you to resist them."
He went on to warn that gay rights advances in the United States were leading to legalized pedophilia, "a campaign to abolish gender distinctions," and ultimately "the criminalization of Christianity."
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