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May 22 2013

Russian Orthodox Thugs Threaten Gays

A group of Russian Orthodox thugs took to the streets of Tblisi in the nation of Georgia to threaten gay people and demand strict repression in advance of a planned gay pride event. More than a dozen people were injured. See how familiar this sounds:

Thousands of anti-gay protesters, including Orthodox priests, occupied a central street in Georgia’s capital Friday, with some threatening to lash with stinging nettles any participant in a gay pride parade which was to take place there.

Police in Tbilisi guarded several dozen gay activists and bused them out of the city center shortly after they arrived at the gathering. Those occupying the street held posters reading “We don’t need Sodom and Gomorrah!” and “Democracy does not equal immorality!”…

A number of protesters carrying bunches of stinging nettles threatened to use them on gay activists. They insist that homosexuality runs against Georgia’s traditional Orthodox Christian values.

Father David, a priest who was one of the organizers of Friday’s anti-gay rally, said the parade “insults people’s traditions and national sentiments.”

That sounds just like the American anti=gay Christians, doesn’t it?

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  1. 1
    theschwa

    I think it was Tblisi Street in Georgia, USA.

  2. 2
    Richard Bartholomew

    Comments on the incident posted to the US website “Charisma News” (a major US Conservative Christian news outlet) are on the whole not encouraging (with one or two exceptions)

    http://www.charismanews.com/world/39525

  3. 3
    Daggerstab

    Please note that the denomination itself is called “Eastern Orthodox”. Each country typically has its own sovereign church, so these bigots belonged to the Georgian Orthodox Church, not the Russian Orthodox Church.

  4. 4
    Raging Bee

    Yep, those priests are acting just like Jesus, who always had loyal thugs around him to keep him from being questioned or crucif–oh wait…

  5. 5
    timgueguen

    Some of the comments on the Eastern Approaches post on the subject are equally charming.
    http://www.economist.com/blogs/easternapproaches/2013/05/gay-rights-georgia

  6. 6
    Olav

    Similar things are happening in all the former soviet states. And it is getting worse.

  7. 7
    iangould

    It’s funny how this post hasn’t provoked a deluge of responses about the innate evils of Orthodox Christianity and demands that “so-called Orthodox civilization” be wiped off the face of the planet.

  8. 8
    billdaniels

    And the outrage over this violent, ugly act coming from the Eastern Orthodox communites in the west has risen to the level of the Roman Catholic and African Anglican outrage expressed by the Kill-the-Gays acts in Uganda and other places.

  9. 9
    dan4

    “They insist that homosexuality runs against Georgia’s traditional Orthodox Christian values.”

    So I guess then this means that threatening people, in a non-self-defense context, with “stinging nettles” is entirely in line with “Georgia’s traditional Orthodox Christian values.” Says a lot about said “values,” none of it good.

  10. 10
    Ichthyic

    It’s funny how this post hasn’t provoked a deluge of responses about the innate evils of Orthodox Christianity and demands that “so-called Orthodox civilization” be wiped off the face of the planet.

    you should direct that to SteveOr next time you see him.

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