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Putin’s Church Calls For Referendum To Ban Homosexuality In Russia

by David Badash on January 10, 2014

in Bigotry Watch,News,Politics,Religion

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The Russian Orthodox Christian Church, from which President Vladimir Putin draws his base, is calling for a law to ban homosexuality in Russia. Today, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the Church’s spokesman, noted that one-third of all Russians believe homosexuality is an illness.

“I am convinced that such sexual contacts should be completely excluded from the life of our society,” Chaplin (top image, left), speaking of homosexuality, told Russian news site Izvestia. “If we manage to do this through moral pressure, all the better. But if we need to revert to assistance from the law, then let us ask the people if they are ready for this.”

More than 40 percent of Russians are Orthodox Christians.

“There is no question that society should discuss this issue since we live in a democracy,” the Archpriest said. “Therefore it is the majority of our people, and not some external force who must determine what we consider a criminal offense, and what not. In different societies at different times to same-sex sexual relations were treated in different ways, but the most common was the attitude to them as a crime.”

Homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia in 1993. Chaplin would like to see those laws reinstated. Russia would then become the 84th country to criminalize homosexuality.

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{ 5 comments }

Huntercgo January 10, 2014 at 11:47 am

While they're at it, why don't they hold a referendum to ban winter?

SeanLiberty13 January 10, 2014 at 11:51 am

Society has NO right to discuss controlling the personal lives of others. MY life is not open to debate.

Welcome to Nazi Russia. The IOC was warned. Hope they are prepared to be sentenced for aiding in crimes against humanity. Their complicity in the Berlin Games was ignored after WWII. This time they will be right in line behind this blood thirsty barbarian. They may get a lesser sentence but he will get the max.

hank kelly January 10, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Religion at it's worse. It has to have a demon, a devil, an evil, to keep the masses stirred up. In my old age, I have come to learn that religion is more about hate than love.

MiddleGrounds January 10, 2014 at 5:18 pm

– noted that one-third of all Russians believe homosexuality is an illness. —

And 2/3rds probably don't care, so you're going with the bigoted minority and not standing for HUMAN RIGHTS. Nice.

LanceBoil666 January 12, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Religion is an illness!

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