Metropolitan Kornily, Primate of the Russian Orthodox Old Believer Church, an Orthodox Catholic sect that left the church back in 1666, linked the lack of a beard with homosexuality during an interview with Russia’s National News Service, according to Monday reports. During the interview, Kornily urged men to stop removing their body hair in order to “protect themselves from homosexuality.”
“God gave us the rules. It is written that God created everyone with a beard. A Catholic West [has] completely fallen away from this concept. But this is clear—the icons, we cannot imagine Christ or some saint without a beard. One should not oppose its creator. It’s made a monstrous thing to see men’s clothing and hairstyles changing,” Kornily said, adding that the practice of beard shaving was a “departure from the sacred and holy.”
Someone doesn’t know about bears. I guess if you insist on living in the 17th century, you miss out on a few things here and there. Gotta love that God created everyone with a beard business. I don’t have one, so I obviously didn’t come from “god”. Oh no, I am evil! :grins: And, I’m pretty sure there were gay men in the 17th century, most likely sporting those manly beards.
Via Raw Story.
johnson catman says
Yeah, that “everyone” line really stood out to me also. If you had not commented on it, I was going to do so. And I am pretty sure that a beard would not prevent a man from kissing another man, performing fellatio, or engaging in anal sex. It doesn’t create some kind of force field. Otherwise, it would keep men with beards from kissing a woman, performing cunnilingus, or engaging in heterosexual sex acts.
And maybe they can’t picture Jaysus or some “saint” without a beard because it was probably pretty much of a chore to get a good shave a couple of thousand years ago. Hell, it is a chore today, and we have all kinds of modern conveniences to make it easier.
johnson catman says
And what is that on his hat? It looks to me like a stick figure cowboy.
A great many medieval era men were clean-shaven, it wasn’t all that difficult. I probably spend too much time immersed in various types of illuminated manuscripts, but a majority of the men depicted are clean-shaven. This is old school religious bullshit, but I am curious about just how the beards are supposed to scare the gay away.
About the hat…I dunno. I was wondering about that myself.
Tabby Lavalamp says
I just figured the hat was showing something he was proud of building in Minecraft.
chigau (違う) says
There are a lot of men who don’t have facial hair.
Atari Gandalf has some odd beliefs.
The thing on his hat is a cross, with the INRI label and a piece to nail the feet to.
I think it’s the figure of Orthodox style cross standing on a pedestal.
AFAIK, the Old Believers are to Russian Orthodoxy what FLDS are to Mormonism.
Yeah, the cross business is fairly obvious, we’re all just havin’ a bit of fun.
1. I bet the logic was muddled to begin with.
2. Whatever Russian media source reported this probably didn’t even try follow the logic when they edited the interview
3. Something was probably lost in translation, if there was any sense left.
Oh of course it’s muddled, like all of christianity. It all goes to the “god created everybody with a beard” business, meaning men, natch, because women have never counted in christianity, especially not the old school type, and obviously, when men start shaving, they look like … women! *gasp, horror*, and even worse, start behaving like the evil tarts when they dress in a manner which might just show off their bodies.
Giliell, professional cynic -Ilk- says
Putin is always clean shaved…
And very touchy about gay references to himself. Haahahahahaha.
OK, wait. Where does it say that god created everybody with a beard? I know there is a lot of weird stuff in the bible… I just can’t remember the part where it says this. Maybe it’s just something this guy said.
God created everybody as vegetarian nudists, you primate.
Anyone else want to go shave him and see what happens?
That’s the Christian thing, right? Making sure everyone’s been shaved by their great Lord and Shaviour?
Works for me! :D
Marcus Ranum says
It’s a brosignal.
Hm. Have I just invented the evolutionary psychology field of brosignalling?
Oh, I sincerely hope not.
A beard doesn’t stop you from being gay, it just helps others from finding out. Oh, wait… He means facial hair. I guess he doesn’t know too many bears. Many bearded, gay men in that group.