Sins the earth cannot bear

On Sunday, a gay pride parade took place in Kiev.

It was accompanied by clashes between opponents of the march and the police, as well as in conditions of unprecedented protection for the participants of the event. It is indicative that this does not very much embarrass the activists. According to them, you just have to wait a few years for such marches to become a normal practice in Kiev.

This statement is not as innocent as it appears. To clarify my thoughts, I will give the following comparison. Imagine that in an elite school some students, because of the reluctance to fight their laziness, at first lost interest and then felt disgust for learning. Instead of just waiting for the end of lessons that have already become boring for them, the guys begin to entertain themselves in every way: made noise, laughed loudly, threw notebooks, painted desks and so on. In response to the teacher’s remark, the violators of the educational process, instead of apologies, said the follows, "We find it quite natural, we have such characters and temperaments, we cannot behave differently." Moreover, after a while, the corresponding pupils begin to systematically hold parades throughout the school, requiring the teaching staff and other students to recognize their right not only to ignore schooling, but also to hooligan behavior during the lessons. At the same time, this behavior is demonstrated and promoted in every way during the parades, which presents a serious temptation for other schoolchildren, especially the junior ones, who find this "holiday of disobedience" very cheerful and funny stuff.

As you know, the school administration has two options for action. The first is to recognize this behavior as unacceptable and not allow the violators to disrupt the course of the educational process. The second is to agree that this is a norm and comprehensively provide an opportunity for hooligans to freely misbehave during the lessons. I think each of us understands that the preference of the second option will inevitably affect the psychological state and quality of education of all schoolchildren, without exception.

And here a lot of questions arise. Is it generally legitimate to respect the interests of the minority at the expense of the interests of the majority? Why is the natural upholding by the latter of their rights to "normal study" is presented by some forces as extremism and the manifestation of some kind of medieval fanaticism? And why, having achieved the right to "loose", the corresponding "pupils" do not want to stop at this, demanding more and more new "rights" and "preferences"? In this context, for example, very indicative is the fact that in the countries that legalized the practice of adopting children by homosexual couples, the discussion on the legalization of pedophilia almost immediately began.

But all this is far from joking. Because there are sins that the earth cannot bear: it simply shakes off those who commit them. Therefore, all who love their people and wish it long life, it is necessary to remember the following words of the Old Testament: "Do not lie with a man, as one does with a woman: this is an abomination. Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled.... But you must keep my statutes and my laws and do none all these abominations ... lest the land vomit you out when you make it unclean, as it vomited out the nation that was before you ... Thus you are to keep My charge, that you do not practice any of the abominable customs which have been practiced before you, so as not to defile yourselves with them; I am the LORD your God"(Lev 18: 22-30).

Metropolitan ANTHONY, chancellor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church

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