Letter to the Editor
Re: Comment about Russia from RNC Committeeman Dave Agema

Recently RNC Committeeman Dave Agema has come under fire from RINO Republicans and the media. One such comment deals with the Freedom of Religion in Russia and their protection of children from immorality. While the Obama administration is busy demonizing the so called anti-homosexual stance of Russia, the media rather than checking the facts jumped on the rhetoric in typical fashion. Most Americans are unaware of what has been happening in Russia.
In October, I was privileged to attend the 11th World Public Forum, a dialogue of civilizations in Rhodes Greece. http://wpfdc.org/ The Forum is made up of V.I.P. invitation-only guests who are presidents and prime ministers, religious leaders and distinguished university professors from around the world. It was during the Plenary Meeting titled “Family and Education” that the Russians spoke about their family law. It appears that our government and media are misleading the American people.
Russian President Vladimir Putin recognizes that in order to have a strong civilization a country must have a strong family, a view agreed upon by the majority of the World Pubic Forum attendees. To aid in this accomplishment, Freedom of Religion has been encouraged and a law to protect children from harm has been created. In Russia it is illegal to corrupt a child through any type of abuse which includes incest, homosexuality, pedophilia, and pornography. The law further states that the best environment for raising a child is with their father and mother. Somehow the LGBT and the Obama administration has construed this to be an anti-homosexual stance in Russia when in fact it is a pro-decency stance that cares for the child and family. On a side note, Russia currently spends $4500 per year per student for schooling. This money is available for government schools, private schools, and parents who home school. Why is Russia leading on this when this level of care for children has always been our domain as Americans?
This information in no way ties Committeeman Agema to favoring Russia. It would be unwise to trust a political leader who was indoctrinated in Communism from a young age whether raised in Russia or Indonesia. Any leader who would run or influence an organization meant to keep tabs on the public such as the KGB, may never be fully trusted. By the way, under Putin’s own admission when he ran the KGB, he never thought of the CIA as the counterpart to the KGB, but rather the IRS since it had the ability to control people. Does that ring a bell for any conservative groups applying for 501(c)(3) status?
Committeeman Agema’s comments, not only ring true, but Michiganders should be proud that someone is standing up for Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Speech the way Mr. Agema is and will continue to do. How many of his attackers would work long hours in an unpaid position to hold the GOP to its guiding principles only to be attacked by the usurpers of those principles from within?

Rev. Mark L. Gurley, OSJ
Grand Rapids, MI