It’s hard to believe serious news outlets, like the Associated Press, are delivering headlines like “Russian Orthodox Church embraces gays” when the Russian Orthodox Church is doing nothing of the sort.
The Church, led by Patriarch Kirill, still believes very strongly that homosexuality is a sin, will send you to hell, to burn in flames for eternity and all that fun stuff. But while you’re here on earth? Kirill thinks man should have the common decency not to discriminate against queers.
That’s not exactly “embracing.” As Ria Novosti reports:
Meeting with the secretary general of the Council of Europe, a pan-European human rights body, in his office in the Christ the Savior Cathedral in central Moscow, the Russian church leader said: “We respect the person’s free choice, including in sex relations.”
But Kirill said “the religious tradition of almost all nations has treated homosexuality as a sin.”
“Those who commit a sin must not be punished… And we have repeatedly spoken out against discriminating people for their nontraditional sexual orientation,” Patriarch Kirill told Thorbjorn Jagland.
Kirill also said the Church is opposed to putting relationships between man and woman on par with homosexual ties.
But that doesn’t mean Kirill’s comments have now value, as they arrive from a conservative religious leader in a country that regularly oppresses and discriminates against gays. This, in a “Democratic” country.
Then again, Kirill is the same guy who has a serious problem with … nightclubs.