|Russian Orthodox church without love|
Although homosexuality is legal in Russia since 1993, the new anti-gay laws in Russia to ban the right to speak publicly (also known as banning "gay propaganda") is an attempt to appease the conservative Eastern Orthodox Church.
Russia is said to be conservative yet have the highest abortion and divorce rates in the western world. Officially there were 989,000 abortions in 2011 although the actual figures are said to be much higher. Gays are a convenient scapegoat for the sins of society.
The Eastern Orthodox Church under the Patriach of Moscow and all Russia, Patriach Kirill, has turned anti-gay. On gay marriage, Kirill has lamented:-
"dangerous signs of the Apocalypse"
forces that "convince us all that the only real value is free will, and that no-one has the right to violate this value, even when a person chooses evil or a socially dangerous behavior"
"In recent times, in a number of countries the choice of sin has been approved and justified by the law, and those who in good conscience, fight these laws imposed by a minority, are repressed" .... "a dangerous sign of the apocalypse and we must do everything to ensure that in the area of Holy Russia this sin is never justified by the law, because that would mean that the nation has embarked on the path of' self-destruction".
This was in-spite the background of Patriach Kirill who was in 1971 a representative of the Russian Orthodox Church to the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva and in 1975 a member of the WCC Central Committee and Executive Committe. He was a strong believer in Ecumenism in the 90s.
However, in the Post communist era the church has changed from a force for liberal reforms to a banner for conservatives and nationalists.
Kirill has strong ties with President Putin and the KGB in the early 1990s. He has called the Putin era a "miracle of God". Perhaps power, wealth and status have taken her hold. Kirill was seen wearing a 20,000 pound Brequent watch which he denied until the official photographs showed a reflection of the watch on the table surface but conviently airbrushed from his wrists.
Therefore the new Russian Anti-Gay laws is likely to be the result of influence of Krill 1 of the Russian Orthodox Church. Perhaps religion is not about love, but imposing religious laws outside the church walls without mercy nor grace. It is a Russian Orthodox church without love.