By Kevin Harrison
Russia has reportedly taken steps to ban homosexual and transgendered people from obtaining their driver’s license.
According to the International Business Times, the new policy affects anyone who is a “deviant”. Their list supposedly includes:
- Transgender people
- Anyone with “sex disorders” (the Russian government claims fetishism, voyeurism, exhibitionists etc. as qualifying as “sex disorders”)
- Dwarfism (anyone under the height of 4 foot 11 inches)
- Gambling addicts
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed off on the new policy on Dec. 29. The claim is that Russian roads will be safer without such individuals behind the wheel.
Thankfully, this blatant disregard of human rights and discrimination is being challenged by the Association of Russian Lawyers for Human Rights. They are calling the legislation a”flagrant violation of human rights made by the government involving itself in the private lives of its citizens.”
The Russian government has not offered up any evidence would suggest that these groups of people are less capable of operating a motor vehicle.
And I’ll call it right now: they never will. The only evidence that shows anyone of being incapable of operating a motor vehicle is if they are inebriated. And unlike the Russian government, inebriation does not discriminate.
Being able to drive or not is based purely on skill – something that is developed through training and practice. It does not matter in the slightest who you are when you were born.
Russia’s intolerance was proven in 2013 when President Vladamir Putin signed a law panning anyone from spreading “propaganda to non-traditional sexual relationships to minors.”
In other words, banning gay, lesbian and transgendered pride.
Needless to say, this new law is as ridiculous as the Saudi Arabian Cleric who claimed women should not be allowed to drive because it would damage their ovaries.
Even though driving is not necessarily a right, discrimination is discrimination and this is one of the highest, most blatant forms of discrimination. It will especially hit hard for those who are being discriminated against since Russia has the biggest land mass on earth and therefore most people do need personal transportation to get around.
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