MOSCOW (ChurchMilitant.com) - The head of the Russian Orthodox Church is excoriating the West for imposing a "loyalty test" of "LGBTQ+ pride marches" as a precondition for entry into its "happy" world of false freedom.
"Do you know what this test is? The test is very simple and at the same time terrible — this is a gay parade," Metropolitan Kirill preached Sunday in his sermon ushering in the Orthodox liturgical season of Great Lent.
"The demands on many to hold a gay parade are a test of loyalty to that very powerful world; and we know that if people or countries reject these demands, then they do not enter into that world — they become strangers to it," the patriarch of Moscow and All Russia said.
"If humanity recognizes that sin is not a violation of God's law" but "one of the options for human behavior, then human civilization will end there," the archbishop of Moscow warned.
Such a perversion, "promoted through the so-called pride marches," is "a test for the loyalty of this government" and a "kind of passport to the world of excess consumption, the world of visible 'freedom,'" Kirill thundered.
The patriarch preached:
Gay parades are designed to demonstrate that sin is one of the variations of human behavior. That is why, to enter the club of those countries, it is necessary to hold a gay pride parade — not to make a political statement "we are with you," not to sign any agreements — but to hold a gay parade.
Kirill's strong words come in the wake of Western leaders and LGBTQ+ activists hailing Ukraine for its pansexual libertinism and warning that "gay rights" are at stake if Russia succeeds in its military operation in the former Soviet republic.
On the Friday following Ash Wednesday, Richard Moore, head of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), urged Western allies to "remember the values and hard-won freedoms that distinguish us from Putin — none more than LGBT+ rights" in light of the "tragedy and destruction unfolding so distressingly in Ukraine."
Moore added: "I had to move for the job when I joined #MI6, so I was relieved to find out there was an LGBT+ network group. Through the group I've made some great friends in the office, and it's reassuring to know it's there for support if I need it."
The spy chief appealed to Twitter followers: "So let's resume our series of tweets to mark #LGBTHM2022," using an acronym for LGBT History Month 2022. Moore's Twitter profile includes "he/him" as "preferred pronouns" in keeping with the protocols of transgender ideology.
After taking over MI6 last year, Moore apologized publicly to officers who were thrown out of the intelligence agency before 1991 when it operated a "wrong, unjust and discriminatory" ban on LGBT staff in its ranks.
In his sermon for "Forgiveness Sunday," Kirill stressed homosexuality "is a sin that is condemned by the Word of God in both the Old and the New Testament" and God is calling the sinner to repentance to "ensure that sin does not become a lifestyle or a respected and acceptable variation of human behavior."
"All of the above indicates that we have entered into a struggle that has not a physical but a metaphysical significance," the patriarch observed, explaining how Ukraine's pro-LGBTQ+ leadership has been trying "to destroy what exists in Donbas" over the last eight years.
Donbas, a separatist region of Ukraine, has a majority of Russian speakers who owe their allegiance to Moscow.
In the Donbas, Kirill noted:
[T]here is rejection, a fundamental rejection of the so-called values that are offered today by those who claim world power. And we know how people resist these demands and how this resistance is suppressed by force. This means that we are talking about imposing by force a sin condemned by God's law and therefore, by force, to impose on people the denial of God and His truth.
In April 2021, LGBTQ+ activists condemned Russia's latest campaign to ban "polyamory and bisexuality propaganda" as "dimensions of the traditionalist agenda."
Russian LGBTQ+ campaigner Elene Kurtanidze wrote:
The Russian government's "traditional values" seek to maintain a sense of "moral sovereignty" in the face of Western influence, or so they claim. By enacting legislation aimed at preserving "traditional values," including homophobic laws, the Russian government has repositioned itself as a significant ideological force in the region and around the world.
Russia triggered outrage among LGBTQ+ activists when its parliament unanimously passed a federal law in 2013 banning the spreading of "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" among minors.
The Duma also approved a law allowing jail sentences of up to three years for "offending religious feelings," aimed at preventing a recurrence of the sacrilege caused inside Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior by the feminist punk rock group Pussy Riot.
Following a 2020 national referendum, Russia amended its constitution defining marriage exclusively as a union between one man and one woman, thus prohibiting so-called same-sex marriage.
When LGBTQ+ activist Kirill Nepomnyashchiy put up a poster that read "Homosexuality is a healthy form of sexuality. This should be known by children and adults!" and displayed it near the entrance to a children's library, he was fined for having committed propaganda of homosexuality among minors.
However, the United Nations Human Rights Committee condemned the penalty as a violation of Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
In contrast, Ukraine's LGBTIQ+ movement has flourished in the last decade, triggering a new flash point for the culture wars.
Kiev staged Ukraine's first gay pride march in 2013, one year after the Moscow city government ordered gay pride parades be banned for the next 100 years.
While Russian president Vladimir Putin has called gender fluidity "a crime against humanity," Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy has proposed criminalizing anti-LGBTQ+ speech as "hate speech."
"The fight for Ukraine is also a fight for LGBTQ rights," notes journalist J. Lester Feder.
"If we were under Russian rule, we'd have to shut our mouths; we wouldn't be able to dress how we want; we would never have gay pride," reveals Ukrainian film director Yura Dvizhon. "I don't want to live that life. That's why I have to fight."