Fri Aug 9th, 2013 at 11:59:02 AM EST
I don't know if you have heard, but the LBGT community led by Stepen Fry in the UK, have been trying to organize a boycott of the Sochi Olympic games.
There is a petition started by Stephen Fry and George Takei based on this premise.
But is it a canard? Is it Washington's way of punishing Putin for granting Snowden asylum?
Let's examine the facts:
- there have been boycotts of the Olympic games previously, most notably of the 1980 games by the Americans to protest the invasion of Afghanistan
- the reason for the proposed boycott is the legislation punishing the promotion of the Non-traditional (homosexual) lifestyle to minors, including such things as the Gay Pride Parade, but not punishing homosexuality itself
- recently, the Russian sports minister has said that athletes were not exempt from this legislation
- the founder of the Gay Pride parade has said he opposed the boycott