Russian priest calls cleats gay 'abomination'

A Russian orthodox priest thinks that World Cup players were promoting gay pride by wearing...

A Russian orthodox priest thinks that World Cup players were promoting gay pride by wearing different coloured cleats. (AFP)

Morris Dalla Costa, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:15 PM ET

RIO DE JANEIRO - This is a great start in the run up to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

For those with short memories, Russia was already well down the list of progressive nations when it staged the Sochi Olympics.

The country made international news for its hard-nosed stance on homosexuality.

International sports organizations like FIFA and the IOC talk a good game when it comes to fulfilling their mandates of inclusivity and equality, but they’d rather fill their wallets so they continue to give major sporting events to countries with poor track records when it comes to human rights.

There is an atmosphere of extreme homophobia in Russia where gays have been targeted by vigilantes and a law was recently passed banning “gay propaganda.”

So soccer fans can expect to hear from a great deal of loonies over the next four years as Russia prepares to stage the World Cup.

An orthodox priest writing on a Christian website called Russian People’s Line blasted Russia’s national team for wearing coloured boots believing it was a “homosexual abomination.”

Russia was eliminated in the group stage of the World Cup in Brazil.

Alexander Shumsky said that by wearing boots that were coloured green, yellow, pink and blue, players were promoting the “gay rainbow.”

“Wearing pink or blue shoes, (the team) might as well wear women’s knickers or a bra,” Shumsky wrote. “The liberal ideology of globalism clearly wants to oppose Christianity with football. I’m sure of it.

“Therefore I am glad that the Russian players have failed and, by the grace of God, no longer participate in this homosexual abomination.”

Shumsky was also upset with the “unthinkable” hairstyles worn by some players in Brazil.

Shumsky, of course, makes no reference in his column to comments made by Pope Francis on Monday telling victims of sexual abuse by clerics the church should “weep and make reparation” for crimes he said had taken on the dimensions of a sacrilegious cult.


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