From Russia, With Hate

October 16, 2007 at 8:49 am 5 comments


A new and dangerous group of immigrants has entered the U.S. from Russia, the Ukraine, Latvia and other countries of the former Soviet bringing with them a virulent strain of homophobia that has already resulted in one death. Many are affiliated with an international hate group called Watchmen on the Walls which was formed by homo-hater Rev. Ken Hutcherson, Holocaust denier Scott Lively, and Latvian megachurch pastor Alexey Ledyaev. The group has taken root in West Coast cities including Portland, Sacramento and Seattle.

In July 2007 a group of Russian immigrants possibly affiliated with the Watchmen murdered Satendar Singh, a 26 year gay Indian-American. Two men were charged in connection with Satender’s death. One fled to Russia and is being sought by the FBI.

From the Southern Poverty Law Center:

The anti-gay tactics of the Slavic evangelicals in the U.S. branch of the Watchmen movement are just as crude and even more physically abusive than Fred Phelps’ infamous Westboro Baptist Church, and they’re rooted in gay-bashing theology that’s even more hardcore than the late Jerry Falwell’s. Slavic anti-gay talk radio hosts and fundamentalist preachers routinely deliver hateful screeds on the airwaves and from the pulpit in their native tongue that, were they delivered in English, would be a source of nationwide controversy.

Got that? The Watchmen are even more physically abusive than Fred “God Hates Fags” Phelps who pickets the funerals of American soldiers killed in Iraq claiming that their deaths are God’s punishment for America’s tolerance of homosexuality.

In the twisted minds of these “Christians” LGBT people are equated with thieves, murderers and adulterers and are considered an “abomination” that must be rooted out and destroyed.

Vlad Kusakin, the host of a Russian-language anti-gay radio show in Sacramento and the publisher of a Russian-language newspaper in Seattle, told The Seattle Times in January that God has “made an injection” of high numbers of anti-gay Slavic evangelicals into traditionally liberal West Coast cities. “In those places where the disease is progressing, God made a divine penicillin,” Kusakin said.

To me, the Watchmen and their founders amount to nothing more than domestic terrorists who threaten the lives of American citizens while preaching a perverted version of Christian values. And they must be treated as such.

The Watchmen movement’s strategy for combating the “disease” of homosexuality calls for aggressive confrontation. “We church leaders need to stop being such, for lack of a better word, sissies when it comes to social and political issues,” Lively argues in a widely-circulated tract called Masculine Christianity. “For every motherly, feminine ministry of the church such as a Crisis Pregnancy Center or ex-gay support group we need a battle-hardened, take-it-to-the-enemy masculine ministry like [the anti-abortion group] Operation Rescue.”

Elected officials need to take notice and must take action to prevent more violence against LGBT Americans. Fair-minded Americans both LGBT and allied must speak out against this hate group and not let their virus-like hatred spread.

The Watchmen will be holding a conference in Washington State October 19-21 to build their ranks and further spread their message of hate and violence. It will be interesting to see if elected officials will stand with LGBT Americans and speak out loudly and clearly against the Watchmen.

Much love: Box Turtle Bulletin and From the Left.

Cross-posted at Bloggernista


Entry filed under: Advocacy, Conservatives, Hate Crimes, LGBT, Religion. Tags: , , , , .

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  • 4. DC  |  December 5, 2007 at 2:52 am

    You guys are the ones who are haters.There is no evidence to link Watchmen on the walls to any murder.Watchmen on the Walls are agains gay propoganda being tought in schools.You guys are haters.There is nothing wrong with Watchmen on the Walls,they are a peaceful organization which try to protect the traditional marrige.They aren’t spreading hate it is people like you who are.In Sacramento the Sac. Bee was ordered to write the article by homosexual groups.The article has racialy profiled the entire slavic community of bieng haters.The truth is that Satendar Singh died five days after having the confrontation in a park.I think that this article is realy lame because you guys are biased and have no sufficient proof against Watchmen on the Walls.They aren’t the ones who are spreading hate but you guys are the ones who actualy do it.

  • 5. Michael Crawford  |  December 5, 2007 at 8:12 am

    DC. you are a little obsessive in your claims that the Watchmen are not a hate group. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center which tracks hate groups, the Watchmen are a hate group.

    You may not like gay and lesbian people, but you have not right to exclude us from being treated equally under the law.

    I don’t think that all Slavic people hate gays. In fact, some Slavic people are gay. If you don’t want to be seen as “haters” then stop preaching hate.


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