[Marxism] Anton Shekhovtsov's blog: Moscow to become the world's capital of religious fundamentalism (updated)

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
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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