I applaud Ms. Isinbayeva for standing up for what she feels is right even if most who don’t come from her part of the world say otherwise. She doesn’t seem to have any gripe against homosexuals personally, but rather opposes the purveying culture that accompanies those who engage in homosexual acts. Whether or not the culture accompanying homosexuality contributes positively to society is a valid discussion to have, and I have no problem with a nation that desires to rein in alternative lifestyles in favor of a more traditional societal orientation. Let the rainbow crowd argue on the merits of their lifestyle, rather than simply foisting it on society under the guise of civil rights. It is wrong to think poorly of someone for standing up for their beliefs even if your own perspective differs. I may not agree with Buddhists, Jews, Muslims, or Atheists but I do have respect for their convictions. Ms. Isinbayeva comes from a country on a knifes edge with a history of civil unrest and lower class hardships. Her views are thinking more for the common people than outsiders. After all, if things get heated and tense outsiders won’t be there to suffer the effects.
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