MOSCOW, August 19 (RIA Novosti) – Unidentified “scum” threw a Molotov cocktail at a Russian Orthodox Church where the lawmaker who kick-started Russia’s anti-“gay propaganda” trend helps out as an altar server, the legislator said on Twitter.
“We’ll find them and destroy them,” St. Petersburg city legislator Vitaly Milonov pledged in another Tweet late Sunday. The Church of Holy Peter the Metropolitan Bishop of Moscow, in the city’s south, was attacked on Sunday night, local media reported.
The attack literally backfired: Surveillance cameras showed that one of the two masked attackers had his hands on fire after the Molotov bottle failed to break a window, news site Fontanka.ru said.
Damage to the building was reportedly limited to a scorched window frame. A criminal case has been opened on hooliganism charges, a city police spokesman told RIA Novosti on Monday. He reported no leads.
Milonov blamed the attack on moral decadence in Russia, citing as an example a rally of half a dozen followers of the tongue-in-cheek religion Pastafarianism who marched through St. Petersburg wearing pasta strainers on their heads last weekend. However, the lawmaker stopped short of accusing the flock of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, whose church was officially registered in Russia in July, of torching the church of a rival god.
“It’s a sickly spirit permeating our society. First they wear pasta strainers and then they torch churches,” Milonov said, the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper reported.
Milonov, 39, was the main driving force of the ban on “gay propaganda” among minors introduced in St. Petersburg in 2011 and later adopted on the federal level despite international outcry. The former hippie-turned-ultraconservative Christian has also unsuccessfully sought to have pop stars Madonna and Lady Gaga punished for supporting gay rights at their Russian shows – which, he said, amounted to “gay propaganda.”
A church was fire-bombed in Russia’s fifth-biggest city of Nizhny Novgorod in June. Local police blamed the attack on two activists of the radical leftist organization Left Front, whose leadership said that, despite the group’s staunchly atheist ideology, it did not endorse the burning of churches.
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- bielecTime to be rational and realistic about it07:20, 20/08/2013Approaching this topic from a religious or moral angle is not the best idea. What is good or bad is not written in stone and differs between different cultures and people.
The only way to look at it is from a scientific point of view. According to science, the function of sex is multiplication. This is normal, meaning - consistent with laws of nature.
Nature has its own way of eliminating mutations that are not adapted to the environment or at odds with natural laws. Such mutations either die or cannot multiply. Gays, left to their own devices, cannot multiply.
Now, you cannot blame somebody for being gay, just like you cannot blame somebody for having cancer. Therefore, tolerance is needed and reaserch to develop genetic adjustment should be encouraged. This would help gay people to chose and experience full benefits of being a man or a woman. Right now, they are suspended in the middle - already not a women but not yet a man, or vice versa. This may cause confusion and frustration, and consequently, result in somewhat weird behaviours.
However, promotion and gay propaganda in the streets should not be permitted, as is has a negative impact on youth and, frankly, it is disgusting to advertise any form of sex in public places. Straight people don't demonstrate flashing their genitalia and neither should gays or lesbians. There is no need for this other than some sickening perversion of relationships and love.
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