Respect

By | 2013/08/16

One of the most common cries coming from Russian lawmakers (amongst others) at the moment regarding the anti-GBLTI laws enacted is the simple, seemingly innocuous statement:

You must respect our laws.

It’s what they’re saying to visitors, potential visitors, and critics alike.

They’re wrong. Utterly wrong.

Respect is not given: respect is earned.

Visitors heading to Russia may be forced or beholden to obey their laws, but they are not beholden to respect them.

No free-thinking, humane person with a shred of dignity could respect those laws.

We will not respect those laws. Not now, not ever.

StupidicusPrejudice does not deserve respect, even when it is backed by a law.