Pat Buchanan: Leave Putin alone!

Back off, cultural elites! The archconservative is defending Russia's anti-gay law and Putin's "moral compass"

By Katie McDonough
Published August 13, 2013 8:15PM (EDT)

Leave Putin alone! Anyone who has a problem with him -- you deal with Pat Buchanan! Because Vladimir Putin is not well right now!

Yes, the archconservative has leapt to the defense of the Russian president because he is tired of American "cultural elites" criticizing what Putin is doing to reestablish Russia's "moral compass" by effectively making it a crime to be gay (or support the basic rights of gay people).

From Buchanan's Tuesday defense of Putin for

Our moral and cultural elites have put Putin on notice: Get in step with us on homosexual rights -- or we may just boycott your Sochi games.

What this reveals is the distance America has traveled, morally and culturally, in a few short years, and our amnesia about who we Americans once were, and what it is we once believed.

Only yesterday, homosexual sodomy, which Thomas Jefferson said should be treated like rape, was outlawed in many states and same-sex marriage was regarded as an absurdity.

Was that America we grew up in really like Nazi Germany?

In the Catholic schools this writer attended, pornography -- let alone homosexual propaganda -- would get one expelled.

Was this really just like Kristallnacht?

As Father Regis Scanlon writes in Crisis Magazine in 2005, Pope Benedict XVI reiterated Catholic doctrine that homosexuality is a "strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil," an "objective disorder." That homosexual acts are unnatural and immoral remains Catholic teaching.

Thus, if we seek to build a Good Society by traditional Catholic and Christian standards, why should not homosexual propaganda be treated the same as racist or anti-Semitic propaganda?

We can no longer even agree on what is good and evil.

Yes, Buchanan really is suggesting that being gay is the same thing as being racist or anti-Semitic.

You can read the rest here if you must.

h/t Media Matters

Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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