Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, reportedly justified the Russian invasion of Ukraine by appearing to blame the gay pride marches in Kyiv.

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The Moscow Times reported that the church leader made the statements during a ‘Forgiveness Sunday’ sermon and said that the war launched by Russia was about “which side of God humanity will be on”.

Patriarch Kirill said that the holding of Pride parades were a “loyalty test” to Western countries.

“Pride parades are designed to demonstrate that sin is one variation of human behaviour. That’s why in order to join the club of those countries, you have to have a gay pride parade,” the Moscow Times quoted Patriarch Kirill.

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He claimed that Ukraine’s breakaway republics like the pro-Russian Donbas region had fundamentally rejected “the so-called values that are offered today by those who claim world power”.

Patriarch Kirill contended that the Russian invasion of Ukraine was “far more important than politics.”

“If humanity accepts that sin is not a violation of God’s law, if humanity accepts that sin is a variation of human behaviour, then human civilisation will end there,” he said.

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Wall Street Journal correspondent Matthew Luxmoore tweeted Patriarch Kirill had claimed that “the West essentially organises genocide campaigns against countries that refuse to stage gay parades”.

This is not the first time that Patriarch Kirill has made homophobic statements. In 2013, he had compared same-sex marriage laws in Western countries to Nazi and apartheid laws.

The LGBTQI community in Ukraine has been organising Pride marches for around a decade in the capital city Kyiv. Since 2015, Ukraine has initiated progressive law reforms, including an anti-workplace discrimination law and the passing of laws to make it easier for trans people to transition.

 

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