Have you ever been ashamed to be human?
It’s an odd question, but a couple of things over the last few days have urged me to consider that very query. I was uncertain about writing about my feelings on the following subject on-line, however, while we all enjoy funny quotes and cat pictures on here, social media can and should be used for more important matters, and it has been in the past. That time has come again.
The Winter Olympics have garnered much attention for the controversy surrounding the Russian authorities attitude, and that of a lot of Russians it would unfortunately seem, towards the basic human rights of Lesbian, Gay, and Transgendered individuals. I had thought the Russian issue was similar to other struggles for equality on this subject, but having watched a UK television documentary called Hunted
by the Dispatches programme, this is something else, something almost beyond belief. Something that no matter your views on the subject, whether you have a moral or religious objection to it, if you consider yourself a good person, at the most basic of levels, what is happening in Russia should shock you to your core.
I’ve provided a link to watch the show below, the trailer is there also, but I’m uncertain if it can be viewed outside the UK. If it can watch it
if not I’ll summarise it here.
Hunted showed the gay community in Russia living in fear, persecuted, attacked, entrapped, beaten, and killed, on a daily basis. They are all classed as paedophiles, wrongly of course, but that is only an excuse for roving gangs, untouched by the state and supported by ‘ordinary’ people, who as the title suggests literally hunt other humans for sport. They call it a safari, and these organised groups of people are seen laughing and discussing their next target who’s life they’ll destroy.
Through entrapment, offering contact, comfort, and safety by pretending to be gay also, these men, and some women, lure unsuspecting souls to their doom. Caught by a large group of men the victims are shown to be humiliated, and outed on the internet, made to perform degrading acts and recorded. They are beaten, have urine poured over them, and in more extreme cases raped with objects by their righteous captors in their superior numbers. One man who was attacked in such a way, with a gun to his head, somewhere in a wooded area, is undoubtedly dead.
The authorities do nothing about this, despite the whole sordid and horrific incident being placed on-line. Any protest against such violence is suppressed and banned, and people who speak against the attacks are classed as abnormal, mentally deranged, a danger to society.
Just to distil this a little, we are talking about people gathering in bars, filled with barely controlled rage and hatred, planning and carrying out kidnapping, torture, and murder, because, well there is no reasoning behind this really. There is no justification for evil, and this is pure evil. Actions such as this were the daily routine of Nazis against the Jews.
The more I watched the programme I could almost feel the sense of dread the gay community must feel in Russia. But any of that mild sense of revulsion and fear is nothing compared to every minute of their daily lives, looking over their shoulder, trusting no one.
The attackers, those who feel they are on a mission, sometimes a religious one, are unstoppable, and short of using a greater level of violence against them I do not see how this situation will change. Their views are either supported by the average Russian, or they are drawn in by the anti-gay propaganda, or are simply indifferent. Those who do speak out are immediately in danger and under surveillance in ways that make 1984
a whimsical tale.
I’m from a country that has had its troubles. I have seen people attacked, blown to pieces, beaten within an inch of their lives because they were stamped with the wrong religion, whether they attended a church or not. I’ve fought, and been bloodied, to protect them no matter what side of the community they were from because what was happening was wrong. I’m not a religious man, nor am I a member of the gay community, but I don’t need to be persecuted to understand what is clearly right or wrong.
To see what is happening in Russia, and to be classed as human alongside such individuals in groups like Occupy Paedophilia, who offer nothing but pain, fear, despair, and death to others, makes me ashamed. Is this how far we’ve come? Has history taught us nothing?
Not that long ago the Russian state captured and banished people who thought freely, or questioned the power of an authority who suppressed the people. They were left to die in the cold, their bones the foundations of roads through the wilderness. How long before Putin and his kind re-enact similar persecutions today?
So called religious men in Russia are shown to sanction these daily atrocities by either agreement or inaction, seeking gay individuals to be purged from society. I know of no religion, and I have studied many, that seeks to murder and hate rather than offer love and understanding.
Only today when I shared Google’s doodle which mixed the Olympics and a statement of support for LGBT rights, I had instant comments of hatred, “Viva Putin” cried one man, others I shall not rewrite. Random fools, not any of my followers I should add.
Is this humanity today? If it is I will endeavour to find a way to class myself as something else. To anyone fearing to live their lives, a man fearing to love another man, or woman to love a woman, you have my love and support until the day when we can all live as one, free of hatred.
No one, no one, deserves what is happening in Russia. Speaking out is all we can do for now, so do so, so that being human is better than this.Watch the documentary... and if it can be viewed internationally share ithttp://www.channel4.com/programmes/dispatches/4od #lgbtrights #russia #dispatcheshunted #humanrights #humanityhasdeclined #oppression