Putin Reveals His Hand, Orders Jews to Register in East Ukraine

Wednesday, April 17, 2014

Russian president Vladamir Putin revealed his hand and ordered Jews to register with the government.

According to USA Today:

Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city’s Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee “or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated,” reported Ynet News, Israel’s largest news website.

The leaflet begins, “Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality,” and states that all people of Jewish descent over 16 years old must report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and “register.”

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Photo of Leaflet Requiring Jewish Ukrainians “Register” with Government

The leaflet orders Jews to provide: “ID and passport are required to register your Jewish religion, religious documents of family members, as well as documents establishing the rights to all real estate property that belongs to you, including vehicles.”

Failure to comply will result in citizenship being revoked “and you will be forced outside the country with a confiscation of property.”

The leaflets bore the name of Denis Pushilin, who identified himself as chairman of “Donetsk’s temporary government,” and were distributed near the Donetsk synagogue and other areas, according to the reports.

Comparisons to anti-Semitic policies in Europe during World War II resulting in the Holocaust is undeniable.

Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, the oldest pro-Israel group in the USA, said the leaflets should be seen in the context of a rising tide of anti-Semitism across Europe and the world, and that it should prompt a strong response from the White House.

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Westboro Baptist Church to Picket Funeral of Kansas Jewish Center Shooting Victims

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Dr. William Lewis Corporan and his grandson Reat Griffin Underwood Killed Sunday

If you thought the death of Fred Phelps would put an end to the Westboro Baptist Church’s evil, then think again. The hate-church is just as vile as ever.

From the Jerusalem Post:

The Westboro Baptist Church, an extremist congregation based in Topeka, KS announced Wednesday that it would picket the funeral of two of the three victims of Sunday’s shooting attack at a Jewish Community Center in Overland Park.

The church, which is considered “homophobic, anti-Semitic hate group” by the Anti-Defamation League, is infamous for picketing the funerals of American servicemen killed in Afghanistan and Iraq and for its vocal anti-homosexual position.

From the Westboro Baptist Church website:

WBC will picket the funeral of William Corporon and Reat Underwood in religious protest and warning. [America has] sinned away her day of grace and [have become] pagan orgies where they worship these corpses instead of the Lord their God.

The Lord God killed these people with His own hand. He appoints the time when each of us is born and when each of us dies. You must ask ‘why now?’ for these victims. WBC will gladly answer, ‘For the sins of this vile nation.’”

The funeral of Dr. William Lewis Corporon and his grandson Reat Griffin Underwood, neither of whom was Jewish, will be held on Friday at the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS.

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Tel Aviv Unveils First Memorial to Gay Holocaust Victims

January 10, 2014

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Flowers on Tel Aviv monument honoring gays persecuted by the Nazis

Tel Aviv joins Amsterdam, Berlin, San Francisco and Sydney to memorialize gay and lesbian Nazi Holocaust victims with a monument.

As reported in the BBC:

Tel Aviv has become the first Israeli city to unveil a memorial in honour of gay and lesbian victims of the Nazi Holocaust.

The monument in the centre of the city is designed around a pink triangle – the symbol gay prisoners were forced to wear in the concentration camps.

As many as 15,000 homosexuals were killed in the Nazi camps.

Writing on the monument in English, Hebrew and German reads: “In memory of those persecuted by the Nazi regime for their sexual orientation and gender identity.”

It is the first Holocaust memorial in Israel that deals with both Jewish and non-Jewish victims alike, according to local reports.

“In addition to the extermination of Europe’s Jews, the Nazis committed many atrocities, in an attempt to destroy anyone who was considered different,” said Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai.

The monument, unveiled on Friday, will stand outside the Municipal LGBT Community Centre in Tel Aviv’s Meir Park (Gan Meir).

Hitler’s Nazis branded homosexuality an aberration threatening their perception of Germans as the master race, and the Gestapo kept a special register of around 100,000 gay people.

תודה לך, ישראל. שלום!

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New Jersey Becomes the 14th State to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

Monday, October 21, 2013

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The Garden State becomes the 14th state to recognize same-sex marriage!

Newark Mayor and U.S. Sen.-elect Cory Booker led the ceremony for seven gay couples, telling the audience, “This is very beautiful.”

Gay couples married throughout the state went ahead after the New Jersey Supreme Court on Friday denied Gov. Chris Christie’s request to delay the date when a lower court mandated gay marriage be legalized.

Faced with defeat,  Gov. Chris Christie New Jersey Gov. ordered his administration to withdraw an appeal of a state Supreme Court ruling allowing gay marriages:

“Although the Governor strongly disagrees with the Court substituting its judgment for the constitutional process of the elected branches or a vote of the people, the Court has now spoken clearly as to their view of the New Jersey Constitution and, therefore, same-sex marriage is the law. The Governor will do his constitutional duty and ensure his Administration enforces the law as dictated by the New Jersey Supreme Court.”

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Court Refuses NJ Gov. Krispie Kreme’s Request to Block Gay Marriage

Thursday, October 10, 2013

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Gov. Krispie Kreme Seen Here Struggling to Propel His Girth Out of Bed

The Associated Press reports a judge refused on Thursday to delay the start of same-sex marriage in New Jersey until a legal appeal can be settled, denying efforts by Gov. Krispie Kreme’s administration to deny same-sex marriages.

In New Jersey, as it stands, the state must grant marriage licenses for same-sex couples starting Oct. 21. But Kreme’s administration — a Republican who is considered a possible presidential candidate for 2016, is expected to appeal the denial of the stay to a higher court.

Judge Mary Jacobson wrote.

“Granting a stay would simply allow the state to continue to violate the equal protection rights of New Jersey same-sex couples, which can hardly be considered a public interest.”

Gov. Krispie Kreme’s administration has already asked the state Supreme Court to weigh in on an earlier ruling by Jacobson, who ruled then that the state had to allow gay marriage.

LGBT rights groups are pushing lawmakers to override Christie’s veto last year of a law that would have allowed same-sex marriage in New Jersey.

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Cher Says “Nyet” to Open 2014 Sochi Olympics in Russia

September 16, 2013

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The Patron Saint of the LGBT community, Cher, turned down an offer to open the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

In an interview with Canadian magazine Maclean’s, Cher revealed that she recently turned down an offer to perform at the Sochi Olympic Games in protest to the government’s treatment of the LGBT community:

“I can’t name names,” but my friend called who is a big oligarch over there, asked me if I’d like to be an ambassador for the Olympics and open the show. I immediately said no. I want to know why all of this gay hate just exploded over there. He said the Russian people don’t feel the way the government does.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently signed into law a bill banning the “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations,” thus opening a dark and violent Hitlerian chapter in the modern history of gay rights in Russia. The law caps an epoch of activities by the Russian government aimed at limiting the rights of the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people.

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International Olympic Committee Forbids Athletes to Speak Against Russian Antigay Laws

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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If you thought the International Olympic Committee is on our side, think again.

From the Advocate:

The International Olympic Committee says it plans to stop any athlete from showing support of LGBT Russians at the Sochi Winter Games, reports Gay Star News.

However, the IOC claims this isn’t due to Russia’s recently passed antigay laws banning so-called “homosexual propaganda,” but an enforcement of the rules that govern the Olympics.

Rule 50 of the IOC’s charter states “no kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.”   

“The IOC has a clear rule laid out in the Olympic Charter, which states that the venues of the Olympic Games are not a place for proactive political or religious demonstration,” an IOC spokeswoman told Gay Star News. “This rule has been in place for many years and applied when necessary.

According to the cited rule, athletes found in violation could face “disqualification or withdrawal of the accreditation of the person concerned.”

This means any athlete who is seen holding hands with a member of the same sex or wearing a rainbow pin at any point during the games in Sochi would not only face potential fines, jail time, and deportation under Russian law but also punishment from the International Olympic Committee.

The IOC spokeswoman also told Gay Star News that athletes who violated rule 50 of the Olympic charter by showing support for the LGBT community would be evaluated on an individual basis and “sensible approach” would be taken “depending on what was said or done.”

So there you have it, folks. The IOC found a wiggle clause to accommodate Russia’s violent antigay law. For me, I will boycott the 2014 Sochi Winter games.

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