|Mixed message on the bathroom wall|
in Sochi, Russia
Friday, January 24, 2014
Mixed message on the bathroom wall
"We don't outlaw anything and don't nab anyone," Russian President Vladimir Putin said last week regarding his countries strict laws against teaching children about homosexuals.
"That's why you can feel safe and free here: but please leave our children in peace," he added.
Russia has come under intense international pressure since its parliament passed a law last summer outlawing what it referred to as "gay propaganda." The countries new legislation makes it illegal to tell children about gay equality, or homosexuals -- for that matter.
The law has been criticized by Western leaders who have called it archaic, backwards, and discriminatory. Human rights activists say it suggests that Russia is able to spend millions on infrastructure but cant buy a clue with human rights, or even pretending to have them for the several weeks in February for the latest Winter Olympics.
Putin's meeting with the Olympic volunteers came a day after he told foreign ambassadors in Moscow that the event would be held "without any discrimination" against athletes and visitors.
"The games will be held in complete compliance with the Olympic Charter, without any discrimination on the basis of any characteristic," Putin said Thursday, according to state media.
The International Olympic Charter clearly states that: "Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging.
Dang. 'Cause a good lynching of a guy in tight pants, sequins and feathers would have made for some mighty fine Olympic prime time TV.