Appeal to the Right Sector: more spiritual bonds for Ukraine, they work so well in Russia!

Anti-gay campaigners clash with gay rights activists during a rally in Russia [Reuters].

Anti-gay campaigners clash with gay rights activists during a rally in Russia [Reuters]. 

2015/06/05 • Op-ed

Specifically, regarding the statements “Sodomite orgies are unacceptable in Kyiv” and the statement in which the Right Sector asks to prohibit the Kyiv equality march on the Right Sector’s website.

Note: this article is an English translation of an appeal to the Ukrainian Right Sector military-political movement who have threatened to attack a Gay Pride march planned in Kyiv on 6 June 2015. On the time of publication, the Kyiv mayor Vitaly Klitschko has, following the appeal of the Right Sector, advised the organizers of the March to abstain from holding it.

Spiritual bonds: here, an ironical allusion to a saying of the Russian patriarch Kirill who once called the Russian-Orthodox Church the “spiritual bond” of Russian society

For more than a year and a half, I have been trying to prove to the English-speaking world that the Right Sector are not fascists and demons as the Russian media asserts on EuromaidanPress.  Because I was next to you on Euromaidan, and was with you in the frontline village of Pisky, and know that there are heaps of passionate and zealous people in the Right Sector that are willing to sacrifice their lives for Ukraine. But after these statements I’m not sure if I was right. It is fascists that divide people into real people and sub-humans, using definitions such as “sodomites” and calling for harassment against certain groups in our society because they are different.

It doesn’t matter much to me if I live in Russia’s totalitarian society where the today’s Tsar  will decide how you think, dress, and what you write in social networks, or the totalitarian society based on nationalist ideology, which, apparently, you want to build in Ukraine. In both situations I will spend my life in helping those who are oppressed, humiliated, and exterminated by the limited and cynical regime.

Right sector, your threats of violent reprisals against people who think and behave differently than you do make you no better than Putin in my eyes. Dictatorship in any of its manifestations is evil. But it seems that for you moral relativity is not a problem, just as it isn’t for the Euromaidan activist turned MP Tetyana Chornovol, who doesn’t consider pressing several voting buttons at the same time bad as long as she is the one doing it: the dictatorship of Putin, who invades Ukraine to forcefully establish his “Russian world” is bad, while the dictatorship of Right Sector, which forces its ideas about the world upon others is good. Are you sure that you haven’t become the monster you are battling?

Another thing that makes you similar to Putin is how you use your notions about religion in order to call for violence. The similarities between Russian “Orthodox jihad” to ISIS has been noted long ago. It is based on distorting the Holy Scripture and the Christian faith in order to achieve political goals. You say that the Kyiv Pride (as opposed to an entertaining gay parade, a gay Pride is held in solidarity with LBGT people) are a “public insult to Christian values,” but the Bible is as not clear on homosexuality as the Russian media is.

But it’s all simple for the Right Sector: “a lot of soldiers who oppose this anti-Christian phenomena are on rotation in Kyiv and may not accept LGBT parades.” Calls for violence in the name of Christ who prayed for his executioners on the cross are not Christian values, just as the values of the “Russian Orthodox army” [a Russian paramilitary group that wages war in the name of Orthodox Christianity and the “Russian world” in Donbas], imposed upon Donbas with guns, are not Christian. Are you not turning the Christianity of Christ into the “spiritual bonds” of the Russian Orthodox Church? Because Russia is world known for its hateful attitude to LGBT people that started with legislative restrictions that turned out to be a license to harm for hate crimes.  And please, do not hide behind concerns for the “Kyiv believers” – I am a believer in Kyiv, and the March for Equality does me no harm.

By the way, the Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Sviatoslav Shevchuk, who in your appeal for some reason “rejects the false values ​​of gender ideology” on behalf of the whole country, also expressed the opposite view: when talking about the program of Women’s/Gender Studies at the Ukrainian Catholic University he called it “excellent” and “innovative.” Certainly, There are discussions on the intersection of gender, Christianity, and LGBT. But to use the words of a Christian leader to justify your calls for violence against people coming out to defend their rights on the basis that you disagree with their opinion is immoral.

By calling LGBT Ukrainians “sodomites,” “perverts,” and “degenerates”, you not only insult their human dignity, but also promote ignorance in our society. Nearly a hundred years of attempts to “cure homosexuality” have ended in a fiasco, and the world is more and more inclined to think that people are simply born with homosexuality. You can judge how easy it is for them to live in a society where they are considered to be “perverts who need to be treated”in the trailer of the film “Children-404,” a project to help Russian LGBT children whom society tells that do not exist, or openly mocks those who gathers the courage to come out (I strongly recommend watching the whole film).

Thus, the Gay Pride in Kyiv will only allow people with LBGT will not hide and feel that they are full-fledged citizens who, by the way, were standing with us on the Maidan Square during the Euromaidan revolution and join us now in protecting Ukraine’s independence with arms.

Addressing the mayor of Kyiv, you call upon him to prevent “provocations, conflicts and troubles of any kind” in this difficult time for Ukraine. However, in this difficult period of our history, we must, on the contrary, treat our fellow citizens with exceptional respect and understanding, regardless of their sexual orientation, religious beliefs, and so on. And that is why the Right Sector should not divide Ukrainians into the “right” and “wrong” sorts by using hate speech and calling for harassment or violence while hiding behind religious or patriotic slogans. It is precisely such behavior that will at the very least lead to these “provocations, conflict and troubles,” and in the long term can lead Ukraine to create its own “spiritual bonds” and build a new totalitarian machine to impose them upon all those that disagree.

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  • puttypants

    Bravo Klitschko…Please right sector stay united with Ukraine. Homosexuals are human beings who are born the way they are born the way you are born. God made them the same way he/she made you. We must have a more tolerant and understanding country. Take care of each other. If you a truly people of God than you must love your brothers and sisters. Do not do this…Do not prosecute people who are different from you. Please don’t tear Ukraine apart like this.

  • Kruton

    Why the march now? In the middle of a war?

  • John Sobieski

    Right Sector is absolutely right. Here in New York City, anyone who dares suggest publicly that there is anything immoral about the act of sodomy essentially loses his life. Children raised by lesbians are told that they are wrong to yearn for a father. It is the LGBT community which imposes its values! Homosexuals are human beings just as kleptomaniacs are; however, the acts toward which each tends remains immoral.
    I pray that Ukraine manages to fend off Western moral relativism as well as Russia!

    • Kruton

      I smell George Soros money!

      • Mark

        Are you in favor of the current Ukrainian government and the path it is pursuing or against it?

        Curiously, I mentioned Soros in my comment above, before I read your comment.

      • Gryzelda Wrr, Polish Emirates

        Lol. I would like to smell his money :) Where shall I put my nose to smell them? :)

    • Nowhere Girl

      And I deeply believe that THERE IS NOTHING MORALLY WRONG ABOUT SAME-SEX LOVE. Absolutely nothing.

      • Mark

        Being gay is okay, as long as it remains your personal identity. But a state should not take up itself to promote a sexual identity whose generalization among the population would lead to its demise. It’s so… anti-Darwinian.

        I think Euro Maidan is funded by Soros, so the pro-Ukrainian stuff will soon wear off and in 5 years it will be promoting mass immigration of Sub Saharans and Arabs into Ukraine, and if you oppose it, you will be called a racist.

        Be careful with whom you support, and pay close attention to their discourse, because I have noticed a change in tone.

        In communism there is not only Russian Stalinism (now extinct), but also Western Trotskyism. The latter is more culture-focused than economy-focused.

        Instead of gathering the prolitariat of the world for a revolution, they gather sexual and ethnicities whom they use to dispossess the native majority.

        And this is happening in Western Europe and North America.

        • Nowhere Girl

          It is not possible to “promote” a sexual identity. Or rather: you could promote it, sure, but it won’t have effect. I have been exposed to heterosexual norms like everyone, I have had lots of contact with LGB people – yet I’m sure I’m asexual.

      • http://northpole.com/ Drunk Bear

        There is nothing wrong in being anything, but forcing other people to accept it is wrong.

        • Nowhere Girl

          Sorry, but EVERY SINGLE PERSON in the world is different than you are. So a tolerant approach to differences that don’t harm anyone is a pretty basic requirement of social life.

          • http://northpole.com/ Drunk Bear

            Agree.
            I just find it annoying when various social groups, like LGBT, the Church, soccer fans, and so on pretend to have more rights than others.
            They want privileges that we don’t have – this is the violation of my rights.

          • Nowhere Girl

            I don’t think they want any privileges. They want very ordinary things, an extension of what the majority has: equality for same-sex partnerships (can you imagine how humiliating and simply sad it must be for same-sex couples to hear from the Parliament – Polish case – that the law on registered partnerships shouldn’t be considered because “hedonistic”, “sterile” couples don’t deserve such rights?), anti-discrimination law, social visibility… This is not a privilege. This is extremely important for the wellbeing of LGBT people, especially the younger ones: if their orientation is considered something normal, only more rare, if there is no violence against them, young LGBT people won’t grow up thinking they are worse, disordered, bad…

    • Mark

      Hi John, it starts exactly like this. You may rest assured that it is only the beginning.

      First, the gays want acceptance. Then, they want “protection” (hate crime laws). Soon after, with gagging laws in place, they will start denouncing anyone who says something not in their taste to the police, and the Trotskyite-funded media outlets, such as the one which supported Maidan (they sounded a lot patriotic, didn’t they?), will take the gay’s side.

      A taboo soon develops.

      The next stage is to promote it in schools, for the sake of teaching “tolerance”, and normalizing the deviant sexual practice.

      I must say that being gay is ok if it’s personal, but a sexual identity whose generalization among humanity would lead to its demise cannot be considered “normal”, much less promoted by the state. It’s anti-Darwinian, which is to say, counter-evolutionary. If humanity cannot replace heterosexual couples with homosexual couples without endagering its existence, then it is not equal, it is different, regardless of the similarities that exist, such as “loving” your partner.

      Needless to say, when the gay agenda is implemented and in an advanced state, you may lose your job if you publicly state your disapproval. Worse still, you can be fired for saying nothing at all: read Brendan Eich on Wikipedia. He, the creator of the JavaScript language and a founding member of the Mozilla Firefox project, was dismissed from his job as CEO of the organization because he donated money to a pro-family organization.

      What world is this which you can be gay, you can promote the gay agenda, and you cannot be fired for your sexuality and for your activism… but if you, as you did in your post, disapprove the gay agenda, you may lose your job or even be jailed?

  • Gryzelda Wrr, Polish Emirates

    It seems that only men have problem with accepting homosexuality. I wonder why?

    • http://northpole.com/ Drunk Bear

      Unrelated humour: http://fit4brain.com/8759

      • Gryzelda Wrr, Polish Emirates

        Good old times when Polish comedies were really funny :)
        Poor Germans, they probably were killing us because they were not able to register our names properly :)

        • http://northpole.com/ Drunk Bear

          😎

        • http://northpole.com/ Drunk Bear

          Not only Germans find your names unpronounceable.
          When he said his name, I had a similar face.

          • Gryzelda Wrr, Polish Emirates

            Yeah, but you are not famous for particular love towards order so that’s not an explanation why you like killing us 😉

          • http://northpole.com/ Drunk Bear

            We like killing you? How on earth did you come to this conclusion?

          • Gryzelda Wrr, Polish Emirates

            Well, you know, you have plenty of land, more natural resources than you need, but you have always been pushing towards the west. I don’t see any rational motives to do it, so I thought you must be doing it for fun :)

          • http://northpole.com/ Drunk Bear
          • Gryzelda Wrr, Polish Emirates

            ha ha aren’t we charming ? :) didn’t know him. thank you :)

          • http://northpole.com/ Drunk Bear

            So are we:

            I think an english-native speaker will not tell a Pole from a Russian speaking english)))

          • Gryzelda Wrr, Polish Emirates

            Brilliant and beautiful!
            But I am not surprised. You are very creative people :) You know I am an admirer of Russian art. :)

            (I worked with Russian speaking Latvians in UK. They were all considered Poles:)

    • http://northpole.com/ Drunk Bear

      If you offer a man to make love in a group of three , 99.9% of them will think about one more girl, not a boy.

      • Gryzelda Wrr, Polish Emirates

        Ekhem, do you think that in case of women it’s the other way around? :)
        The fact I don’ dream of having another female in my bed does not make me hate lesbians. I still don’t get why it is such a problem for men.

        • http://northpole.com/ Drunk Bear

          I think in case of women, the percentage will me much different.

          • Gryzelda Wrr, Polish Emirates

            Or that’s your sweet phantasy :)