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Powerful Russian Orthodox Church Leader Calls for Referendum to Criminalize Homosexuality

The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday called for a referendum on the criminalization of gay sex, AFP reports:

ChaplinChurch spokesman Vsevolod Chaplin pointed to polls showing more than half of Russians viewing homosexuality as either an illness or a crime as a sign that the country was ready to revert to a Soviet-era homosexual ban.

"There is no question that society should discuss this issue since we live in a democracy," Chaplin told the online edition of the pro-government Izvestia daily.

"For this reason, it is precisely the majority of our people and not some outside powers that should decide what should be a criminal offence and what should not," he said.

Chaplin added that he wanted homosexuality banished from Russia:

"I am convinced that such sexual contacts should be completely excluded from the life of our society," said the Church spokesman.

"If we manage to do this through moral pressure, all the better. But if we need to revert to assistance from the law, then let us ask the people if they are ready for this."

Earlier this week Ivan Okhlobystin, the popular Russian actor, sci fi writer, aspiring politician, and creative director of the phone retailer Euroset, called on President Vladimir Putin to criminalize gay sex.

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  1. after the olympics - look for Russia to impliment OVENS.....

    Posted by: disgusted american | Jan 10, 2014 9:45:54 AM

  2. Which we know means this guy is gay gay gay.

    Hey Russians, we learned years ago that the more homophobic the person the gayer they are.

    These anti-gay leaders you are listening to are just closeted gay men with a serious case of blue balls

    Posted by: Badlydrawnbear | Jan 10, 2014 9:48:00 AM

  3. And the next step is to tattoo numbers on all suspected gays and move them into concentration camps!

    Posted by: Rob | Jan 10, 2014 9:49:14 AM

  4. Welcome to Nazi Russia.

    Posted by: Sean | Jan 10, 2014 9:53:48 AM

  5. He looks like a very fat Satanist.Can't imagine this will happen, but if it does, it will just further isolate and ostracize Russia and its house religion from the rest of the world. Even Putin knows that.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 10, 2014 9:55:04 AM

  6. My Grandmother was born in the Russian Empire a few years before it collapsed. She was born into a wealthy family that lost everything after the revolution, including some family members that died.

    Even after the end of communism in Russia, and even more than 90 years after she left, she still hates Russia "for what it did to it's own people. And what it's own people did to each other". As a matter of fact, just last month she blurted out "I hate being f*cking Russian" after a glass of wine, lol. 100 years young this year, and she still says that she would put nothing past her former country. When I asked her if she thought that Russia would go as far as to criminalize homosexuality or that something genocidal could ever happen, she simply looked at me and said "let's just hope they never get really desperate or feel like they have something to prove".

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 10, 2014 9:56:28 AM

  7. No you don't live in a democracy; All democracies protect minorities from the tyranny of the majority.

    You obviously haven't a clue what you're talking about.
    Russia is a fascist nationalist state.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jan 10, 2014 9:57:49 AM

  8. Vsevolod Chaplin IS a friendly looking chap! Once again, apparently you can tell a book by its cover . . .

    Posted by: Mike | Jan 10, 2014 9:59:10 AM

  9. Now that's a villain worthy of a Bond film. I look at him and shudder to think of what's in his cellar.

    Posted by: Markt | Jan 10, 2014 10:04:42 AM

  10. He looks like a cross between Tim Curry, Ron Swanson, and Grumpy Cat.

    Posted by: Michael W. | Jan 10, 2014 10:05:29 AM

  11. Where did they get this guy... central casting? Is he the villain in the next James Bond movie?

    Posted by: John P. | Jan 10, 2014 10:06:41 AM

  12. He looks like the guy on Mad Men that ended up joining the Hare Krishnas.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 10, 2014 10:08:26 AM

  13. I wonder what percentage of Russians would support banning the Orthodox Church?

    Posted by: Sam | Jan 10, 2014 10:21:58 AM

  14. Michael W;

    I was going to suggest that he looks like a cross between Anton LaVey, Aleister Crawley and Tim Curry, but your comparison is more accurate.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Jan 10, 2014 10:23:32 AM

  15. Russian Orthodox leader's message: "Bring back the pogroms; bring back the czar."

    Posted by: john patrick | Jan 10, 2014 10:24:50 AM

  16. Does Russia have any attractive anti-gays? Everyone I've seen is so butt ugly they almost hurt my eyes.

    Hate makes you ugly inside and out!

    Posted by: Taylor | Jan 10, 2014 10:25:19 AM

  17. I thought Orson Wells was dead?

    Posted by: disgusted american | Jan 10, 2014 10:36:49 AM

  18. @Acronym Jim: Aleister Crowley was who came to mind first for me, but then I looked up pictures because I thought of Anton LaVey too. It's not so much physical similarities as it is the looks in their eyes (though the beard is pretty dead-on LaVey).

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 10, 2014 10:43:03 AM

  19. Paul R - you say "He looks like a very fat Satanist."

    Stop smearing the Satanists - this is a very Christian man.

    Christianity is the force of evil here. Not harmless Satanism.

    In good news. Russia is meant to be holding the World Cup in 2018. That event is more popular than even the Summer Olympics.

    We have 4 more years to avert the concentration camps.

    After Sochi we must increase efforts to damage Russia financially for its gross bigotry.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jan 10, 2014 10:55:34 AM

  20. I wasn't smearing Satanists, just noting a similar look!

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 10, 2014 11:00:05 AM

  21. "We believe that gay Russians will be happier and more comfortable when they can all live in the same area. They can work together and share common interests. It will be better for them if they don't have to feel the disapproval of other Russians. So, for their own well-being, they are being offered free residences in new communities."

    Translated: "We are shipping anyone who is gay to a concentration camp."

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Jan 10, 2014 11:01:12 AM

  22. Oh I'm sure there is child sex abuse Scandles just waiting to break within the ROC......

    Posted by: Mark | Jan 10, 2014 11:09:13 AM

  23. @ Acronym Jim:

    Yours are quite accurate as well!

    Posted by: Michael W. | Jan 10, 2014 11:17:31 AM

  24. the worship of a dead jew on a stick needs to be outlawed asap.

    Posted by: ascanius1 | Jan 10, 2014 11:45:59 AM

  25. Russia... Russia... what an utter basket case.
    Always has been, always will be a hellhole.

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Jan 10, 2014 12:05:49 PM

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