Gays to blame for Ukraine invasion, says Russian Orthodox Church head

Mon. March 7, 2022 4:10 PM by Gerald Farinas

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Patriarch Kirill says the war is more than politics, but rather a war between God and Western values

Patriarch Kirill, the head of the worldwide Russian Orthodox Church, blamed LGBTQ decadence being promoted in Ukraine for the former Soviet nation's woes.

According to The Moscow Times, Kirill said that acceptance of Western values in Ukraine like hosting LGBTQ Pride parades in Kyiv, prompted God's vengeance upon the Ukrainian people.

Kirill has been an ally of President Vladimir Putin, the president's promotion of traditional Russian family values, and opposition to LGBTQ civil rights.

The patriarch, who is seen as an equal to Pope Francis or the Archbishop of Canterbury, made the claim that Russia is in a war between God versus incompatible progressive lifestyles.

Though, the pope in Rome and the archbishop in Canterbury never promoted outright hatred of LGBTQ persons like Kirill is declaring.

"Pride parades are designed to demonstrate that sin is one variation of human behavior. That's why in order to join the club of those countries, you have to have a gay Pride parade," he said on Sunday in his cathedral.

Kirill said that what is happening in Ukraine is "far more important that politics."

"If humanity accepts that sin is not a violation of God's law, if humanity accepts that sin is a variation of human behavior, then human civilization will end there," he said.

Putin invaded Ukraine, a former Soviet satellite state, on February 24 hoping to overthrow the government of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and prevent the state's entry into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

NATO was established after World War II as a counterweight against the Soviet Union and its Eastern block of satellite states bordering democratic nations of Western Europe, like the UK, France, West Germany, et al.

Kirill has been in lock-step with the Kremlin in recent years, sometimes seen as an arm of the Kremlin as it used to be under the Tsars.

A majority of Ukrainians follow one of the several Orthodox denominations of Christianity; about 66 percent in 2000. About 15 percent are unaffiliated or have no religion. It is followed by communities of Greek Catholics, Roman Catholics, Protestants, and Jews. 0.7 percent are Muslim.