Sweden is using gay ‘propaganda’ to repel Russian submarines.
The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (SPAS) installed the Singing Sailor defense system east of Stockholm on 27 April.
The subsurface sonar system sends out the Morse code: ‘This way if you’re gay.’
It also features a neon sign of a sailor waving a white flag above the text: ‘Welcome to Sweden. Gay since 1944’ – the year Sweden legalized gay sex.
‘If there is a submarine down there beneath the Baltic waves and the crew should happen to see or hear the Singing Sailor they are welcome to join us in the Stockholm Pride Parade on 1 August,’ Daniel Holking, SPAS communications and fundraising manager, said in a statement.
‘In times of unrest, love and peace across boundaries is more important than ever. We want to break up with the violence. Our invitation is also extended to Swedish subs and military personnel and all others that want to join us.’
In June 2013, Russia banned the ‘propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships’ to minors.
In October, Sweden spotted a suspected Russian submarine in its waters, although its origins were never confirmed.
The Nordic country since raised defense spending by 10.2 billion kronor ($111.9 million) for the period 2016 to 2020.