Facebook’s introduction earlier this month of icons depicting same-sex marriage drew the ire of religious activists in Russia, who mounted a campaign to ban the social network in the country.
Russia Today reported that activists representing an Orthodox community in the southern Russian city of Saratov sent a fax to Facebook’s office in the country demanding that the social network stop “flirting with sodomites,” and that it remove all content promoting homosexuality.
News portal TemaSaratov then reported that since the activists’ demands were ignored, they began collecting signatures on a petition to restore a Soviet-era anti-gay article to the country’s Penal Code, according to Russia Today.
Male homosexuality was a criminal offense in the Soviet Union until 1993, according to Russia Today, which added that members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community still feel that they are discriminated against.
Vladimir Roslyakovsky, the leader of the Orthodox public organization, told TemaSaratov 34,000 signatures were obtained in just three days, with a goal of 1 million, adding that Muslim, Catholic, and Jewish communities also joined the effort. Roslyakovsky told TemaSaratov:
Dealers who cash in on children have neither conscience nor religious beliefs. We demand only one thing: Facebook should be blocked in the entire country because it openly popularizes homosexuality among minors.
The U.S. goal is that Russians stop having children. (It wants) the great nation to turn into a likeness of Sodom and Gomorrah. But I am confident that Russian laws and reasonable citizens will be able to protect their children from a fierce attack of sodomites.
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