Patriarch Kirill of Moscow. (AP)
When asked his opinion of laws promoting homosexual "marriage" and LGBT "rights" in Western Europe and the United States, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, said such laws "are at odds with the moral nature of human beings" and cause people to rebel against them, and he stressed that perverting marriage and reproduction -- children in families -- "poses a significant threat for the existence of the human race."
He added that the legal and social pressure to accept homosexual marriage and related phenomenon "is very reminiscent of what was happening under Soviet totalitarianism."
"What’s happening in the Western countries is that, for the first time in human history, legislation is at odds with the moral nature of human beings," said Patriarch Kirill in a Nov. 21 interview on RT.com (Russia Today).
"What’s good and evil? Sin and righteousness?" he said. "These could be defined in both religious terms and non-religious terms. If you take a good character from English, American, or Russian fiction, you will see that all of them possess the same qualities. Why? We have different cultures and different political systems, but for all of us good is good, and evil is evil, and everyone understands who the good guys are, and who the bad guys are."
"So how do we distinguish?" said Patriarch Kirill. "With our heart, with our moral nature. This moral nature, created by God, served as a foundation for the legislation which is designed. Laws defined moral values in legal terms, telling us what’s good and what’s bad."
A gay marriage in the United States. (AP)
"We know that stealing is bad and helping people is good," he said, "and laws define what stealing is and what the suitable punishment for it is."
“Now, for the first time in human history, the law allows something that doesn’t correspond to our moral nature," said the Orthodox Christian leader. "The law contradicts it. It’s not the same thing, of course, but we could compare this to an extent to the apartheid in Africa or Nazi laws – when the law went against inherent moral values, people rebelled. They knew it wasn’t right; it was artificial; it was part of some ideology and not in sync with their moral nature."
"So the Church can never approve of this," he said. "We say that the Church can never redefine good and evil, sin and righteousness, but we don’t condemn people who have different sexual preferences. It’s on their conscience and it’s their business, but they shouldn’t be discriminated against or punished, as used to be common practice in some states."
"However, under no circumstances should this be accepted as a social norm no different from the social norm that stems from our moral nature, meaning marriage between a man and wife who create a family and have kids," said the patriarch.
"That’s why we believe this new trend poses a significant threat for the existence of the human race," he said.
"The Church has to address this and say it’s a bad thing, but we’ve seen that authorities in some countries have been trying to silence clergymen," he said. "One Protestant pastor went to jail for calling same-sex marriage a sin in his sermon."
"Again, this is very reminiscent of what was happening under Soviet totalitarianism," said Patriarch Kirill.
The White House illuminated in the gay rainbow "pride" colors the evening after the U.S. Supreme Court declared
homosexual marriage legal, June 26, 2015. (AP)
"In the countries that declare their commitment to freedom of speech, you can get punished for expressing your opinion," he continued. "That’s a dangerous trend, and I hope it will peter out and the natural order of things will prevail. I don’t even want to think about what might happen to us otherwise. Our prayers and our work are so that humanity lives on and follows the principles dictated by our moral nature."
The patriarchate of Moscow (and All Russia) was established in 1589. Patriarch Kirill is the head (primate) of the Orthodox Church in Russia. Kirill was elected to the patriarchy in Jamuary 2009.