[Marxism] Anton Shekhovtsov's blog: Moscow to become the world's capital of religious fundamentalism (updated)
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Wed Jun 11 07:25:14 MDT 2014
(This religious fundamentalist conference has been suspended because of
logistical concerns growing out of the crisis in Ukraine but the fact
that it was ever scheduled should give pause to the "axis of good"
supporters among us.)
On 10-12 September 2014, Moscow will turn into the world's capital of
religious fundamentalism and obscurantism as it will host World Congress
of Families VIII.
Its official theme is "Every Child A Gift: Large Families – The Future
of Humanity", but in fact this congress will feature notorious top
anti-LGBT activists, some of whom have contributed to the adoption of
anti-LGBT laws in Russia (and, consequently, the surge in anti-gay hate
crimes) and Uganda where the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act punishes gay
people with a life imprisonment.
To stress the significance of religious fundamentalism and
ultra-conservatism for contemporary Russia, the venues of the World
Congress of Families will include the Congress Hall of the Kremlin, the
Christ the Savior Cathedral, and the Russian Parliament (Duma).
The Congress will be opened by Russia's current president Vladimir
Putin, Russian Orthodox leader Vladimir (Kirill) Gundyaev and Russian
oligarchs Vladimir Yakunin and Konstantin Malofeev. The latter is known
for providing financial support to pro-Russian right-wing extremists in
Ukraine, and has recently convened, in Vienna, a secret meeting of
Russian and European fascists and right-wing politicians and ideologues
such as Aleksandr Dugin (International Eurasian Movement, Russia),
Marion Maréchal-Le Pen and Aymeric Chauprade (National Front, France),
Heinz-Christian Strache, Johann Gudenus and Johann Herzog (FPÖ, Austria)
and Volen Siderov (Ataka, Bulgaria).
In October last year, anti-LGBT activists from ten countries already
visited Moscow to plan World Congress of Families VIII.
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