No wonder Tucker Carlson and many Republicans complain about our supplying military aid to Ukraine. Putin's remarks could have come from a GOP stump speech harping about Democrats. Ron DeSantis could have delivered these remarks simply before replacing the word Russia with Florida.
Some selected comments from Putin's speech Tuesday:
Look what they [Westerners] are doing to their own people. It is all about the destruction of the family, of cultural and national identity, perversion and abuse of children, including pedophilia, all of which are declared normal in their life. They are forcing the priests to bless same-sex marriages. Bless their hearts, let them do as they please. Here is what I would like to say in this regard. Adult people can do as they please. We in Russia have always seen it that way and always will: no one is going to intrude into other people’s private lives, and we are not going to do it, either.
But here is what I would like to tell them: look at the holy scripture and the main books of other world religions. They say it all, including that family is the union of a man and a woman, but these sacred texts are now being questioned. Reportedly, the Anglican Church is planning, just planning, to explore the idea of a gender-neutral god. What is there to say? Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.
That last point about "a gender-neutral god" interests me. If God is male, as has often been assumed, does He have male genitalia? Does He urinate standing up? Is He subject to nocturnal emissions? Will He ever find happiness with a compatible woman? I mean not one already married as Mary was.