Jan 30, 2007

Aleksy II Throws Down Over Gay Darwinians

Fundamentalist Christianity...it's not just for the American South anymore (Ern).

From RFE/RL:
Russian Orthodox Patriarch Aleksy II said on January 29 that it is unacceptable for schools to "impose" the theory of evolution on pupils, RIA Novosti reported. He argued that "teaching the biblical theory of the world's creation will not harm students. Also, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, deputy head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, was quoted by Interfax as saying that the church supports the position of Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov in opposing a Gay Pride parade in the capital in May, just as the mayor and church did in 2006 (see "RFE/RL Newsline," January 29, 2007).

He also suggested that the concept of gay rights is a "perversion opposing the family" and foreign to Russian culture.

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