Putin explains Russia’s ‘softer liberal’ approach to homosexuality

On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) proclaimed that “right-to-life,” “pro-assault weapon,” “anti-gay” “extreme conservatives” are not welcome in New York State, and Glenn took particular issue with Cuomo’s use of the term “anti-gay.” While Glenn explained that he does not know a single individual who does not support a homosexual’s right to live in this country, there are places in the world that are in fact anti-gay. With the Sochi Olympics just around the corner, ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos sat down with Russian President Vladimir Putin and asked how gay rights protestors would be handled given the country’s propaganda laws.

“Anti-gay? I don’t know anybody who is anti-gay – at least not any of my friends,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “We could talk about the Russians. In fact, Stephanopoulos asked Putin about the gay laws in Russia. You want to hear about anti-gay? It would sound like this.”

Watch Putin’s interview on ABC’s This Week below:

STEPHANOPOULOS: If gay or lesbian athletes engage in a protest, wear a rainbow pin or other protest, would they be free from prosecution under the propaganda law?

PUTIN: Acts of protest and acts of propaganda are somewhat different things. They are close, but if we were to look at them from the legal perspective, then protesting the law does not amount to propaganda of homosexuality or sexual abuse of children. That’s one. Two is that I would like to ask our colleagues, my colleagues and friends that as they try and criticize us, they would do well to set their own house in order first. I did say after all, and this is public knowledge, that in some of the states in the U.S., homosexuality remains a felony.

STEPHANOPOULOS: The Supreme Court has struck those laws down.

PUTIN: How are they in a position to criticize us for what is a softer liberal approach to these issues than in their own country?

“How is that a softer approach when you are jailed for it,” Pat asked.

When you consider the Russian government is actively strengthening the country’s laws related to homosexuality, Putin’s comparison of the United States and Russia make little to no sense.

“Talk about the direction of law. The direction of the law in the United States is the opposite. Those are old laws that are being nullified,” Glenn said. “He is putting in new laws that are being strengthened. So the direction is going the wrong way. And Russia is fascist.”

As Glenn sees it, there is simply no room for that type of intolerance in his life.

“Anybody within the sound of my voice that hates a gay person because they’re gay, you have no place calling yourself a fan of mine, and you are not a fan of mine. You have no friendship here. If you hate people because they are conservative, you have no place as a friend of mine,” Glenn said. “If you hate somebody just because they’re liberal, they’re gay, they are different than you in one way or another, you are no different than the monsters who say I can’t be friends with them because they’re handicapped. I can’t be friends with them because they’re Jewish. I can’t be friends with them because they’re Muslim.”

“If that’s who you are, I don’t want to have anything to do with you, however, you have a right to be my neighbor. You have a right to be somebody in the community and somebody’s whose voice is heard. And I’m not going to silence your voice. You’re just wrong,” he concluded. “I’m not afraid of your opinion. If that’s your opinion, then I want you to say it because I then know who you are, and I have a right to associate or disassociate from you. I have no problem with that. I’m not afraid of your opinion.”

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    And Obama shakes hands with this man.

  • The Blue Tail Gadfly

    There goes Glenn, off into the weeds without a clue of what he is talking about, but it sure sounds good in a “touchy feely” sort of way.

    Putin has a point, there is a difference between protesting a law and propagandizing harmful principles into a society. A society has a natural right to protect itself from such, if not, then society is a suicide pact.

    “Every society has a right to fix the fundamental principles of its association, and to say to all individuals, that if they contemplate pursuits beyond the limits of these principles and involving dangers which the society chooses to avoid, they must go
    somewhere else for their exercise; that we want no citizens, and still less ephemeral and pseudo-citizens, on such terms. We may exclude them from our territory, as we do persons infected with disease.” ~Thomas Jefferson to William H. Crawford, 1816.

  • landofaahs

    You know, I can’t remember Putin ever backing down. I wonder who in the gay lobby has so much influence that Putin knuckles under.

  • Guest

    “A society has a natural right to protect itself from such, if not, then society is a suicide pact.”

    If that’s the case, we should exterminate everything that lives south of Virginia.

  • The Blue Tail Gadfly

    Are you suggesting that the USA is one big society and the States are mere aesthetics?

    I nor Thomas Jefferson mentioned anything about exterminating anyone, the term Jefferson used was, “exclude” and “they must go somewhere else for their exercise”.

    If you don’t mind, what exactly is your reasoning for exterminating everything that lives south of Virginia?

  • smokehill

    Another intolerant liberal fruit, trying to annoy his betters.

    Good for comic relief, as usual.

  • Dan Heizinger

    Glenn goes off the deep end again and becomes a progressive. It’s no wonder Michael Savage and Alex Jones have more credibility than Glenn nowadays. Might want to consult the Bible again, Glenn. That is, if you’ve read it.

    And by the way, the Russian laws were passed UNANIMOUSLY by the DUMA, and are supported by 80% of Russians. Who are the real fascists? Those who tried to silence Phil Robertson and had a baker hauled into court for his faith, or Russian people voting for laws to protect kids from indecency? You already made a fool out of yourself with the GLAAD nonsense.

    Glenn is a progressive. Plain and simple. He’s an enemy of the movement to combat globalism and decadence. I’ll stand with anyone who humiliates the Obama regime, and that includes the crafty Putin.

    Beck. Talk about a sellout.

  • http://suzeraining.wordpress.com/ suz

    it’s one thing to say ‘i prefer to surround myself w/like-minded people’ and it’s another thing to say you won’t associate w/some one because they’re progressive or liberal. this is flat-out discrimination, bigotry — whatever you want to call it.

    you might be able to cite a progressive by their attitudes and opinions and you may choose to not like them (you can like and dislike whomever you want), however, to cut them off is intolerance. it’s wrong to see people only for their opposing views and to see nothing else about them.

    be very wary though, when you run into the liberal who’ll not tolerate you — THAT’S ON THEM!

  • Anonymous

    Glenn Beck is a Progressive and a Sell-out? Possibly. But probably not. To this Zionist Jewish Conservative, Beck sits between a rock and a hard place. As an L.D.S. Christian, Glenn must turn-the-other-cheek. This media mogul now has hundreds of families hoping he does nothing stupid to jeopardize their livelihoods and his own freedom (in that order). He faces an army of A.C.L.U. attorneys and sympathetic prosecutors, judges and juries, already propagandized to redistribute his newly developed wealth,
    The American republic I lived in 20 years ago, when I helped establish the Patriot Party [later the Reform Party] to arouse the U.S. electorate from their political slumber has largely been conquered by diminishing expectations.. Marching down both sides of the aisle, the alarm about socialism has fallen on deaf, entitlement-hungry ears. Socialized from kindergarten through college, present-day Americans run 98% on emotion, unable to reason effectively. Headphones glued to their ears, LCD screens welded to their eyes, they are so addicted to vicarious living and constant entertainment that everyone from the government official to the cop to the clergyman to the professional to the butcher, baker or candlestick maker is slowly-but-steadily, unwittingly becoming part of Star Trek’s no-longer-fictional Borg Collective.
    Quite possibly Iranian funded, Obama’s first term was scary. The way his second term is going, there may be no opportunity for a November 2016 election. The Noble Experiment is over, buried by a N.W.O. plutotcracy. Are we so dumbed down we cannot see Hillary Clinton and Chris Cristie sleeping in the same bed?

  • Memphis Viking

    I don’t believe in laws that try to force morality on people, because you can’t make people be moral. But I have no problem with a law against promoting homosexuality to children. Because homosexuality isn’t a normal, natural thing that’s just ‘different’ from other people, and that’s the lie that they’re teaching kids.

  • The Blue Tail Gadfly

    If all your reasons as to why Glenn Beck does what he does are correct, that means Glenn still caved to the N.W.O. plutocracy and should not be trusted.

    So much for, “We mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our Sacred Honor”

    What good is being a “media mogul” if you are too scared to report the Truth? I hope those families enjoy their personal livelihoods at the expense of their posterity’s Liberty.

    If that wasn’t bad enough, George Soros has now joined Glenn Beck in calling for a Constitutional Convention aka Article V Convention. Glenn is a pied piper, follow him at your own peril.

    http://thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/17402-socialists-and-soros-fight-for-article-v-convention

    “I shall stand by the Union, and by all who stand by it. I shall do
    justice to the whole country…in all I say, and act for the good of the
    whole country in all I do. I mean to stand upon the Constitution. I
    need no other platform. I shall know but one country. The ends I aim at
    shall be my country’s, my God’s, and Truth’s. I was born an American; I
    live an American; I shall die an American; and I intend to perform the
    duties incumbent upon me in that character to the end of my career. I
    mean to do this with absolute disregard of personal consequences. What
    are the personal consequences? What is the individual man, with all the
    good or evil that may betide him, in comparison with the good or evil
    which may befall a great country, and in the midst of great transactions
    which concern that country’s fate? Let the consequences be what they
    will, I am careless. No man can suffer too much, and no man can fall too
    soon, if he suffer, or if he fall, in the defense of the liberties and
    constitution of his country.” ~Daniel Webster

  • TransAm

    I’ve heard Beck denounce people who have used the tactic of “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”, now he does it joining up with GLAAD. GLAAD is an evil organization and Beck “joined” with them, shame on you Glenn Beck. I have nothing against gay people, but I do the GLAAD organization and their tactics. Beck is trying to play all sides now and it’s killing his credibility.

  • Dan Heizinger

    BS. Beck is a coward if he is running scared from the ACLU and such. He is never afraid to lean on his study of history, but how could ANYONE who has studied the history of this country and these new so-called civil rights movements come to ANY other conclusion than that the homosexual agenda is a Marxist invention set up by a pedophile, Harry Hay, who was a member of…..

    You guessed it

    CPUSA.

    Beck stands with GLAAD? Does he stand with CPUSA, because that’s all GLAAD is. A front group.
    The conspiracy is not grand, its not anything to marvel at, because it wouldn’t have succeeded were it not for people like Beck who look the other way and ignore inconvenient truth.

    50 years ago, an empire in its death throes planted a parasite in America, and gave it a roadmap for how to bring down the USA. Feminism was one tentacle, public schools were another,infiltrating mainline churches was yet another. And yes, the ENTIRE DAMN FRAUD that is the ‘gay rights’ movement was another, and it’s DOCUMENTED..

    Kiss my a** Glenn. Enjoy the Night of the Long Knives, because when the socialists have done their job, and the real authoritarians step out of the shadows, guess what they do with guys like you?

  • Dan Heizinger

    “it’s wrong to see people only for their opposing views and to see nothing else about them.”

    You’re exactly the kind of useful idiot that CPUSA are counting on.

  • Dan Heizinger

    Wake up and smell the damn roses. GLAAD, and the ENTIRE homosexual agenda are deeply rooted in communism. Do the freakin’ research. Harry Hay, pedophile and founder of the first ever homosexual organization, the ‘Matichine Society’, was a communist party member.

  • http://suzeraining.wordpress.com/ suz

    i also said this:

    be very wary though, when you run into the liberal who’ll not tolerate you — THAT’S ON THEM!

  • greg

    Interesting how all the other media outlets are completely distorting his point of view by reporting on only the first three sentences. Obviously doesn’t translate well on Twitter. That would require a little too much research.

  • One Thirsty Bear

    On a related note, I’ve found this to be a steadfast beacon in the fog of illusions conjured up by today’s liberals and progressives: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0094KY878

  • Clair

    glenn beck sucking up to liberals

  • Anonymous

    Неужели у вас не осталось нормальных мужиков? Остались одни пидоры?
    К чему эта тупая пропаганда? Если честно, мне похуй на вашу страну.
    Но зачем нам, в нашей стране ваши пидорские штучки?
    Кто в России притесняет гомосеков? Никто. Живут себе, трахают друг дружку в жопу и особо не переживают.

    Только хуй вам, а не пропаганда у нас.
    Всем удачи :)

  • Mary Kilderry

    Can somebody explain to Pat, Glenn and Stu that homosexuality is NOT ilegal in Russia and nobody has been jailed for being gay. The law Putin brought in is to ban schoolkids being brainwashed at school where ‘sexeducation classes’ portray all forms of sexual identity as equal and actively encourage kids to experiment with all forms of sexuality before deciding what suits them. Kidd as young as eight were (and in the West still are) being taught all about anal sex and oral sex as being legitimate relations for same sex couples, no better or worse than heterosexual sex. Can Pat, Stu & Glenn not see how destructive this is to Christian traditional families. I am shocked that they cant see that . Putin simply put his foot down and said that this was propaganda that is confusing and detrimental to young children and put a stop to it. Considering the amount of perverse sexuality of all kinds which is actively encouraged to my children in school, against my wishes, I admire Putins courage in standing up to the LGBT fascists and wish the West would do the same. Glenn and the boys need to get their facts straight. Ukraine is another one they are completely ignorant and wrong on. They should read Irish Savant’s Post today with links and also Ozzie Saffa if they want to learn some thinks about the Ukraine that the MSM are not telling anyone. I am a libertarian and agree with them on most things but they are way off base on Putin

  • Mary Kilderry

    I agree. Beck is becoming more and more progressive every day for all that he rants against it. I doubt he and Pat will be able to stay within the Mormon church at this rate. For its all its faults, the Mormons do support traditional values where Beck and the others obviously dont any more.

  • Guest

    Glenn Beck, another Zio- Neo-Con, fake conservative, chickenhawk change agent (to the tune of $100 mil per year) of course he has to smear Putin. (who genuinely stands for God and country) feels sorry for the dupes that follow him and all the other Fox Fhonies.

  • MrDanielwilliam .

    Glenn Beck, another Zio- Neo-Con, fake conservative, chickenhawk change agent (to the tune of $100 mil per year) of course he has to smear Putin. (who genuinely stands for God and country) feel sorry for the dupes that follow him and all the other Fox Fhonies. (along with the info-babes with the dripping lips) all part of the deadly Murdock Machine. (and sad how many gray haired Christians are duped by this bs) all leading the US into a world-gov. police state. (just a few years away)