Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered new assurances to gay athletes and fans attending the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics next month. Yet he defended Russia's anti-gay law by equating gays with pedophiles and said Russia needs to "cleanse" itself of homosexuality if it wants to increase its birth rate. (Associated Press)
It is very frightening when the leader of a nuclear power comes out with such an unintelligent statement. It was dangerous when George W. did it and it is just as dangerous now when Tsar Putin does it.
There is no logic to his statement. How does "cleaning up" (Putin's choice of words) homosexuality in Russia effect the birthrate one way or the other? As the saying goes, "You can take a horse to water but you can't make it drink."
Or does he intend to force gay people to procreate in the same way that (allegedly) he forced himself.