Friday October 15, 2010
Russian Orthodox Patriarch Condemns Gay Propaganda in Spain’s Schools
By Hilary White
ROME, October 15, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill has condemned a move by the Spanish government to insert what he called homosexual “propaganda” into school textbooks.
Patriarch Kirill said the Orthodox Church “would never fail to call a sin a sin.”
“I consider it very important to take into account the second article of the Protocol 1 of the European convention on human rights that stipulates that ‘the state shall respect the right of parents to ensure such education and teaching in conformity with their own religions and philosophical convictions.’”
In statements on Wednesday, Kirill said that the push against religious freedom in Europe is an inversion of human rights.
“I am frightened by what is happening in certain countries, particularly in western Europe, where it is necessary to ban crosses in schools, and erase religion from public life in the name of human rights,” Patriarch Kirill said in a meeting with German President Christian Wulff.
“I am convinced that modern civilisation is making the same mistakes as the Soviet Union, where atheism was an official ideology.”
He added, “It doesn’t make any difference in what name you do it. In the end the signal is the same: liquidising, removing the religious consciousness.”
In related news, the Serbian Orthodox Church has condemned violence against homosexuals, even while it maintains opposition to the staging of “gay pride” events this week. The church’s Holy Synod said in statement that violence is “unacceptable,” particularly if carried out “allegedly in the name of God or the Christian church.”
The opposition of the church is a key factor in the failure of homosexualist activists to gain approval for the demonstrations. The issue is being viewed by some in the European Union as a test for Serbia’s bid for EU membership.