The objects of xenophobia in different times and epochs were either people who practiced “wrong” religion, or people of another skin color, or people having “other” convictions and “another” world view that differed from mainstream one, - and this is the most bright and clear example of dark, aggressive archaic.
Nowadays, this primitive xenophobia appears in a form of wild, hysterical homophobia.
Contemporary civilized mankind, after moving through endless series of self-destroying prejudices and superstitions, through bloody wars and crimes, went to the understanding that the sovereign right of people to be different from each other is a ground of our world. This contemporary world is based not only on mutual tolerance, but on friendly curiosity towards the “other’. Not hate, not suspicion – but trying to understand and readiness to defend those who are under repression and aggression.
To oppose, with all possible legitimate tools, the wild archaic that can base only on force and dark superstitions, - this is not only our right, but the duty of people belonging to the contemporary world, that is our duty.
Lev Rubinstein, Russia poet and writer, winner of the Biely Price in 1999