Should human rights compete at the Olympics?

Of special interest is whether Russian laws, arguably discriminatory to its homosexual population, can figure into an argument that ultimately calls for some action to counteract this discrimination. Many calls to action invoke a comparison with the Olympics in Berlin when there was discrimination against Germany’s Jewish population. Special consideration is given to what needs to be added to this analogy to create a moral obligation to address the wrongfulness of Russia’s conduct although of comparable interest is what needs to be put on the table to establish an obligation to address Russia’s treatment of its homosexual population regardless of whether the argument makes use of the analogy.


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