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Moldova Orthodox Church Bans Govt. Leaders from Communion Over Gay Rights, Wants Laws Repealed


Moldova's Orthodox Church (a subordinate of the Russian Orthodox Church) is taking a hard line against LGBT rights and has banned government officials from taking Holy Communion because of their stance on anti-discrimination laws, Radio Free Europe reports:

In a statement issued after Orthodox leaders met in Chisinau, the church said on June 21 that it would call for nationwide protests unless the government amended a law protecting homosexuals, bisexuals, and transgender people from discrimination.

The church also wants new laws against what it calls "immoral propaganda" and a ban on "homosexual, lesbian, transsexual, bisexual, pedophilic, zoophilic, incestuous, and perverse behavior."

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  1. So in other words, they're a hate group. Charming.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Jun 21, 2013 12:57:26 PM

  2. Pure, unadulterated hatefulness.

    Posted by: Douglas | Jun 21, 2013 1:14:02 PM

  3. I guess in Moldova, Christ only feeds people who toe the church line.

    Posted by: jpl | Jun 21, 2013 1:16:15 PM

  4. Bow down now before this lunacy and your freedoms are gone forever.

    Posted by: JONES | Jun 21, 2013 1:19:08 PM

  5. For the love of God, hate, hate, hate!

    Posted by: StevyD | Jun 21, 2013 1:21:56 PM

  6. moldova wants to join the eu which forbids discrimination regarding sexual orientation and such, sorry, the law aint going anywhere and if it does they can just kiss joining the eu goodbye

    Posted by: lukefromcanada | Jun 21, 2013 1:37:59 PM

  7. Eastern Orthodoxy in all of its various national entities (Russian, Georgian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Greek and now Moldovian) has rapidly disintegrated into an international terrorist organization aimed at the humiliation and destruction of LGBTs. They're more than just another hate group. They've defined LGBTs as enemies and have no shame.

    Posted by: Joe | Jun 21, 2013 1:42:27 PM

  8. There still IS a "Radio Free Europe"?

    Posted by: Soren456 | Jun 21, 2013 2:05:40 PM

  9. Jesus, God in Heaven, what in the hell is wrong with this sect of extreme Christianists? If you don't kowtow to our way of thinking about the Spirit World, we're going to withhold our little white wafers and bottled wine from you at church! Yes, you'd better hate this particular group of non-straights, including those with zoophilic behaviour OR else...or else....we don't LIKE YOU!!!

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Jun 21, 2013 2:25:21 PM

  10. Gee, being banned from eating a man's flesh and blood. Harsh.

    Posted by: DavidR | Jun 21, 2013 2:35:39 PM

  11. Not very Christian of them. Here's hoping Moldova doesn't let itself be bullied by a church.

    Posted by: Lucas H | Jun 21, 2013 3:04:19 PM

  12. Forcing their unsustainable beliefs on others. Religion = power mad. "You will believe the sky is purple and the grass is red! You will. YOU WILL!"

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Jun 21, 2013 3:17:07 PM

  13. It is so cute when people from places of the world almost no one know exist, want to remain like their Neanderthal parents. So picturesque.

    Posted by: SAYTHETRUTH | Jun 21, 2013 3:31:18 PM

  14. @SAYTHETRUTH. You do realize that gay and trans people also live in Moldova?

    Posted by: Confused | Jun 21, 2013 3:48:44 PM

  15. The government ONLY answers to tax payers. If that request requires illegally controlling the lives of other tax payers, then the government is obligated to ignore it. The government has no choice. Those Nazis should be hanged, all of them.

    Posted by: RMc | Jun 21, 2013 4:23:04 PM

  16. Moldova is already bullied by the church. I'm a Brit working for an NGO in Chisinau and it's amazing how rife homophobia is in this country, even among young people. The government and church here turn a blind eye to domestic violence, extreme poverty and of course, political corruption (see the latest Prime Ministerial replacement farce) but discriminating against a same sex couple is totally fine. It's a sad, sad place to live sometimes.

    Posted by: JMck77 | Jun 22, 2013 12:56:50 AM

  17. Time for a law making religious extortion a crime.

    Posted by: JJ | Jun 22, 2013 2:12:13 AM

  18. No one is entitled to receive communion at a church. It is up to a church to decide who is in accord with its beliefs. Why shouldn't a church dictate a code of belief for its members?

    Don't get me wrong - I think the orthodox church is being ridiculous. But the extreme position is important. The next step isw for politicians to leave the church.

    It is happening here with Roman Catholicism. In Minnesota, the archbishop was clear that those who support gay marriage are not in communion with the church.

    Let these churches be strict and exclusive. Let their numbers shrink as people come to their senses and go elsewhere. Publicize these extreme beliefs, but let the churches believe them.

    Posted by: bravo | Jun 22, 2013 9:12:53 AM

  19. To all those who want to see nothing but hatred of the people in the LGBT community from Orthodox Christians, I would encourage you to go read the following:


    Posted by: Tom | Jun 22, 2013 3:44:44 PM

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