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Thursday, 04 November 2010 01:02

The Russian Orthodox Church Is Against The Decision Of The European Court To Allow The Gay Prides

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The European Court of Human Rights ruled that the Russian authorities had to pay compensation because they refused to allow several Gay Pride parades.

In an interview with InterfaxInterfax, Hegumen Filaret, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, called the move "insulting" to the majority of Russians:

"The decision made in Strasbourg essentially constitutes violence against the feelings and morals of the majority of [Russian] society. That will hardly help achieve the stated purpose to cultivate tolerance and achieve accord, mutual understanding and peaceful co-existence.... the Russian Orthodox Church may follow its social doctrine and back the increasingly load calls on the Russian state to reconsider the forms of participation in international treaties related to human rights if such processes continue to accelerate."

He then added that "Human rights norms were created for protection of individuals from discrimination. At the same time, over the past few years we have seen formal use of human rights norms for groups and communities, primarily minorities, without regard for societal traditions in general, history, and culture."

Unfortunately for him, Russia is part of Europe and is under the European law which means that if you are in the case of discrimination because of your sexual orientation, for example, and no matter if your country is gay friendly or not, you can sue it.

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