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18000Orthodox Church says Russians should fight homosexuality propaganda

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Jun 1, 2013

      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.