Orthodox Church Leader Who Blamed COVID-19 On Gays Is Now Sick With Virus

Orthodox Church Leader Who Blamed COVID-19 On Gays Is Now Sick With Virus September 8, 2020

When In Doubt, They Blame The Gays: Ukrainian Orthodox Church leader Patriarch Filaret contracts coronavirus after blaming gays for the virus. The church leader who recently claimed COVID-19 was “God’s punishment” for same-sex marriage has been hospitalized after testing positive for the virus. 

ABC News reports:

Leading Ukrainian religious figure Patriarch Filaret has contracted coronavirus, after blaming gay people for the disease. The 91-year-old, who is the Patriarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kiev Patriarchate, is currently hospitalized with pneumonia.

Filaret caused controversy earlier this year after he made comments about the coronavirus being a result of gay marriage. He told Ukrainian national TV network Channel 4 in March that the pandemic was “God’s punishment for the sins of men. First of all, I mean same-sex marriage.”

Metro UK reports:

Patriarch Filaret, 91, is in hospital in a stable condition after he was diagnosed with Covid 19 during routine testing… he has also developed pneumonia.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church confirmed the diagnosis in a statement posted to Facebook:

We inform that during planned testing, His Holiness Patriarch Filaret of Kiev and All Rus-Ukraine tested positive for COVID-19. Now His Holiness Bishop is undergoing treatment at a hospital.

Last March Patriarch Filaret made headlines after blaming gays for the coronavirus, at one point declaring:

I mean same-sex marriages first and foremost […] are the cause of coronavirus

At the time the patriarch was condemned for his bigotry. For example, Maria Guryeva, a spokeswoman for Amnesty International Ukraine, said:

Such statements are very harmful because they could lead to increased attacks, aggression, discrimination and acceptance of violence against certain groups.

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Bottom line: Ukrainian Orthodox Church leader Patriarch Filaret contracts coronavirus after blaming gays for the virus.

Orthodox Church Leader Who Blamed COVID-19 On Gays Is Now Sick With Virus (Image via YouTube)
Orthodox Church Leader Who Blamed COVID-19 On Gays Is Now Sick With Virus (Image via YouTube)

 


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