Vladimir Putin on Tuesday delivered a state-of-the-nation address to the Russian people, and the contrast couldn’t have been sharper with Old Joe Biden’s Feb. 7 barrage of Leftist propaganda in his State of the Union address. Putin hit the West hard for its trendy gender madness and other manifestations of the dominant woke ideology. He even warned that if it kept up, Western nations were heading for “spiritual catastrophe.” One doesn’t have to think that the solution to all this is invading Ukraine in order to grant that the man has a point.
There are many in the West today who are ready to take the opposite of any position Putin takes just because Putin has taken it, and it certainly must be granted that the Russian strongman may only be saying such things in order to weaken support for Ukraine among American conservatives (many of whom are turned off already by the lingering suspicions that the whole thing is a money-laundering operation for Democrats). Still, if Putin’s disdain for “woke ideologies” is a put-on, he sure has mastered the lingo. Even if he doesn’t walk the walk, he certainly talks the talk.
“The Anglican Church,” Putin said, “is considering a gender-neutral God. May God forgive them for they know not what they do.” They certainly don’t. The idea that the Church of England would consider itself empowered to change something so fundamental about Christianity’s teachings regarding the nature of God indicates that it doesn’t really believe in Christianity at all, and thinks that the faith is infinitely malleable, able to be adjusted in any way the believers deem necessary in order to suit their own perspectives and proclivities. This is the opposite of what Christians have believed throughout the ages. Putin seems to understand that, while the learned Anglican divines do not.
“Millions of people in the West,” Putin added, “understand they are being led to a real spiritual catastrophe.” That is also true, and Putin knows why: according to a Tuesday report in the UK’s Daily Mail, he declared: “Look at what they do with their own peoples: the destruction of the family, cultural and national identity, perversion, and the abuse of children are declared the norm. And priests are forced to bless same-sex marriages.”
This coincides with the March 2022 statements of the Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow: “We have entered into a struggle that has not a physical, but a metaphysical significance. … Pride parades are designed to demonstrate that sin is one variation of human behaviour. That’s why in order to join the club of those countries, you have to have a gay pride parade. If humanity accepts that sin is not a violation of God’s law, if humanity accepts that sin is a variation of human behavior, the human civilization will end there.”