18000Orthodox Church says Russians should fight homosexuality propaganda
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Orthodox Church says Russians should fight homosexuality propaganda
19:32 May 31, 2013 Interfax
Orthodox believers have a duty to fight evil things, including the
propaganda of homosexuality, but it should be done without the framework
of law, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the head of the Russian Orthodox
Church's synodal department on liaison between church and society, said.
"People have a right to have their own moral stance. They have full
rights to call homosexuality a sin and speak about the immorality of its
propaganda, especially among minors. If we act within the law and
ethical norms, people can and should express their opinion and their
civil position," the priest said in an interview with the newspaper
Georgia and the World.
"Any sin kills the human soul and destroys people's life. This sin
[homosexuality] is one of the gravest sins because it changes people's
mental state, makes the creation of a normal family impossible, and
corrupts the younger generation. By the way, it is no accident that the
propaganda of this sin is targeted at young people and sometimes at
children. It deprives people of eternal bliss: the gospel is very clear
in that," Chaplin said.