Russian Orthodox Church Leader Says ‘Godless’ World’s Acceptance of Homosexuality Is to Blame for Rise of ISIS

Patriarch Kirill, pictured with Russian President Vladimir Putin, claimed he was not surprised that 'honest' Muslims are flocking to Isis' quasi-religious state Getty Images
Patriarch Kirill, pictured with Russian President Vladimir Putin, claimed he was not surprised that ‘honest’ Muslims are flocking to Isis’ quasi-religious state Getty Images

Patriarch Kirill claimed he was not surprised that ‘honest’ Muslims are flocking to Isis’ quasi-religious state

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has partially blamed an increased acceptance of homosexuality for the rise of Isis.

Patriarch Kirill claimed he was not surprised that some Muslims are flocking to Isis’ quasi-religious state as a way of escaping the “godless civilization” that celebrates events such as Gay Pride.

In an interview published on the Church’s official website, Kirill said: “[Isis] is creating a civilization that is new by comparison to the established one that is godless, secular and even radical in its secularism.”

“We can have parades for the sexual minorities – that is supported – but a million French Christian protestors defending family values are broken up by police,” he added.

Kiril said because the “godless civilization is reaching maturity”, it should come as no surprise that those who are opposed to liberal, secular ideas end up joining terror organisations.

“If you call non-traditional relationships a sin, as the Bible teaches and you are a priest or pastor, then you risk not only your ability to serve but you may be sent to prison,” he said.

“I could offer more simply frightening examples of how the godless civilization is growing yet here they are drawing attention to young people being converted by extremists,” he added.

“Look how they [the West] build the world – an unholy world – but we invite you to build God’s world…And they [Isis supporters] respond to that; it is for this they give their lives,” he added.

Kiril also appeared to controversially support Isis’ widely dismissed self-declaration of an Islamic caliphate by claiming that many who have flocked to live under the terror group are “honest” people who did so on “truly religious grounds”.

“You become a fighter for the Caliphate. So what’s a Caliphate?,” he said. “It is a society centered around faith and God where people follow religious laws,” he added.

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SOURCE: The Independent
John Hall