In less than six months, the 2014 Winter Olympics will be opening in Sochi, Russia, with all the pomp and ceremony.
In recent weeks, the western world is ganging up on Russia and asking for the boycott of the upcoming winter Olympics.
This is in protest of the new anti-gay laws in Putinland widely understood as a desperate effort by Russia to suppress homosexuality and fledgling gay rights movement.
Boycotting the Olympics is not the answer.
Athletes around the world have been training for years to win gold, silver and bronze medals at the Olympics.
The athletes and trainers should not be panelized for the laws signed by President Vladimir V. Puttin last June.
The Russian law has ignited international condemnation and protests from many countries including Canada.
The last Olympics on Russian soil in 1980 by marred by the boycott over the Soviet invasion of strife-torn Afghanistan.
Few gay people in Russia openly acknowledge their sexual orientation.
A television anchor was immediately fired from his job after announcing he was fed up with lying about his life and offended by the new legislation.
The same anchor also said what is going on in Russia contradicts its place in the world.
During a recent visit to Moscow and St. Petersburg we saw a vibrant culture.
There were no visible sign of anger mounting over the ways gays and lesbians were being treated.
Show me a country where there are no gays and lesbians.
Now we are finding police officers and cracking down on open protests.
The protesters are also being doused with water and beaten up by anti-gay and religious supporters of the new bill.
This should not be happening in modern day Russia.
It is sad and deplorable and the world is right in condemning this.
But, boycotting the Winter Olympics is not the answer.
The Tory government in Canada insists their stand is simply part of its commitment to standing up for the basic human rights around the globe.
“I firmly believe it is the role of the state to protect its people regardless of gender, sexuality or faith,” Canada’s Foreign Minister John Baird said.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Baird have spoken against the Russian law that bans anyone from providing information about homosexuality to people 18 years of age.
Harper said Canada is not a country where people are jailed or killed for their political positions or for engaging in certain consensual acts between adults.
Russia is not alone in its treatment of pays and lesbians.
Uganda is another country where gays and lesbians live in fear.
There are many other countries where gays and lesbians are treated differently.
Russian officials say criticism against them is unfair and inaccurate.
In 1993, they insist, Russia repealed the Soviet-era law that made gay sex a crime.
Let us hope some gay and lesbian athletes bring home some medals from the Sochi Olympics.