July 2, 2017 at 2:04 am #26357
Has Tsargrad actually done anything, or asked others to do anything, to make this emigration realistically possible?
Or, is this story more along the lines of a bad joke, or at least a half-joke?
If these prospective Russian gay refugee emigrants, (and/or others similarly situated, wherever in the world) are actually being offered financial help to emigrate, why not consider sponsoring a special sub-section on the dating section of this website for them? Many countries, including the USA, offer a “fiancee visa” or some path to legal entry, for those marrying a citizen. And, gay marriage is legal in more countries now than ever. The possibly arguable “refugee” status in addition could only help get the entry visa more likely and faster.
It would be a great way to “kill two birds with one stone” for some single Gay Christians: Get a life partner, and simultaneously follow Jesus’ “help the needy” command (Matthew 25 et al.) in the process.
July 1, 2017 at 1:08 pm #26356
It says they would be welcomed in California.
Gay people in Russia have been asked to compete for a one-way plane ticket out of the country by an Orthodox Christian television channel.
‚ÄúIf you are gay and wish to emigrate from Russia, channel Constantinople will buy you a one way ticket with great pleasure‚ÄĚ, Tsargrad TV writes in the video’s description, complete with emojis of a plane and a sick face.
The channel said anyone interested should have¬†a “medical certificate” confirming ‚Äúsodomy or other forms of perversion.‚ÄĚ
The homophobic video message was posted earlier this week on Saint Petersburg-based social network VK, Russia‚Äôs most popular website, and has since gained over 34,000 views.
It features clips of LGBT marches abroad as well as a Russian plane taking off, and suggests those interested should make contact with the TV host Andrey Afanasyev.
Mr Afanasyev says California is a sympathetic home to Russian LGBT people.
‚ÄúThis is not a joke,‚ÄĚ he says. ‚ÄúWe really want you to return there, where you can openly submit to your sins.‚ÄĚ
Russia’s highest cleric openly compared marriage equality to Nazism just over a month ago, and legislation encouraging homophobia and banning ‚Äúgay propaganda‚ÄĚ exists throughout Russia.
Reports of the systematic imprisonment and purge of gay men in the southern republic of Chechnya emerged in May.
Tsargrad TV was set up to promote Christian Orthodox values and also calls itself Constantinople, after the ancient centre of Eastern Christianity and capital of the Byzantine Empire .
Founder Konstantin Malofeev is a businessman and prominent supporter of President Vladimir Putin.
He says the channel was designed to be ‚Äúa platform and voice of the Russian Orthodox majority‚ÄĚ and compares it to a Russian equivalent of Fox News.
It claims to have reached 42 million viewers since August 2016, and discusses ‚Äú‚Äėthe most sensitive issues in the global economy, geopolitics, culture and religion‚ÄĚ.
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