Then there was the whole politically charged issue surrounding these games because of Russia's various bans on homosexuality. Part of it was being a ban on promoting homosexuality to children because Russia believes it is a damaging life style. I must say that shamefully my provincial government, along with some other cities and provinces in Canada, crumbled to gay activists and raised the rainbow gay pride flag over our legislature. And this brings up the question, What to do when your government does something like this that you don't agree with?
Well, one of the most useful things you can do in my opinion is to make your voice heard. The government often listens to the groups that speak the loudest. So if gay rights activists are calling and writing the government and getting media air time complaining, the government is likely going to listen to them. Same thing goes for pro-choice groups, environmentalist groups and so on. But if the government sees a majority of people don't want the gay pride flag hosted then they likely won't host it. And they take the loudest voices as being the majority. The simple reason for all this being that they are elected, so they in general want to follow what the majority of people want because that is how they'll be re-elected.
So I let my voice be heard. I sent an email to several of the people in the government that were involved in this decision to express my disappointment in their doing this. I told them among other things that if we cared about human rights around the world then we are biased by just doing this for the gays in Russia and that to be fair our government should also do something to recognize the Christians in Egypt being tortured and murdered for their religious beliefs. One thing I would encourage everyone is to speak up and let your voice be heard. Let your community and your government know what you think because your opinion matters, and it may just have an impact.
President Adam De Kroon