2007-02-27 16:47:00

Metropolitan Kirill supports Mayor Luzhkov resisting gay propaganda

Moscow, February 27, Interfax - The chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad said he was sure that Western politicians would fail to make Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov to sanction a gay parade in the Russian capital.

‘I am sure they will fail to press on Moscow mayor, who has always had a very strong and clear view on the issue,’ Metropolitan Kirill said during his press conference in Moscow on Tuesday, commenting the conflict between Luzhkov and gay parade organizers.

He was also sure that the Human Rights Court in Strasbourg, where the gay parade organizers appealed against the mayor, would back the sexual minorities. This sort of the international community’s position is ‘a real challenge’ to Russia, the metropolitan said.

‘Nobody is urging to judge these poor people (gays - IF), or to discriminate against them. But the question arises, whether Churches can insist on having protection from gay propaganda, and the gay parade is such propaganda,’ he said.

In some of the European cities where gay parades are sanctioned by their authorities, religious processions are forbidden, he noted. ‘So, propaganda of sin is allowed, while propaganda of religious values in multicultural societies is reduced to private life.’

According to Metropolitan Kirill, now it is time for Christians to consolidate stating their common position regarding the issue.

‘Otherwise the Moslems may stay alone to defend the traditional values, and due to a number of reasons their voices will be heard better, than the voices of Christian Churches,’ Metropolitan Kirill added.