Moldova struggles with tolerance, poverty
moldova / religion / se europe

Moldova struggles with tolerance, poverty

(From Slate.com, “Roads and Kingdoms” series, 27 Sep 2013) In Europe’s poorest country, young people are turning to occult religious practices—even exorcisms—to escape everyday life. This stark and superstitious religiosity stands in contrast to the image Moldova has recently attempted to cultivate. A few months ago, the residents of the Moldovan capital of Chisinau held their … Continue reading

Christian Right: “Victory in Belgrade”
balkans / homophobia / pride / religion / serbia

Christian Right: “Victory in Belgrade”

The World Congress of Families, headquartered in Rockford, Illinois, is hailing the official ban of Serbia’s main Pride Parade as a “victory in Belgrade” in the fight for the “natural family in Serbia.” The World Congress credited Serbia’s right-wing Christian “Dveri” movement with leading the successful opposition to this year’s Pride – the third consecutive … Continue reading

Georgian President: Russia foments homophobia
caucasus / georgia / homophobia / religion / russia / UN

Georgian President: Russia foments homophobia

In a provocative speech to the UN General Assembly on September 25, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili read out a long condemnation of Russia’s politics in the former Soviet space.  Saakashvili warned UN delegates that the Russian-backed Eurasian Union was being shaped by “ex-KGB officers in Moscow” and was primarily a tool to maintain influence over … Continue reading

Ukrainian churches oppose EU demands for LGBT rights
catholic church / europe / orthodox church / religion / ukraine

Ukrainian churches oppose EU demands for LGBT rights

Churches in Ukraine have said they oppose expanded freedoms for gay people as a precondition for closer ties with the European Union. Fr Ihor Yatsiv, spokesman for the Ukrainian Catholic Church, told the Catholic News Service: “Although we don’t create obstacles for these people in their relations with God, our Church speaks in traditional language … Continue reading

Hope for the Russian Orthodox church?
orthodox church / religion / russia

Hope for the Russian Orthodox church?

Nadieszda Kizenko writes yesterday in Foreign Affairs about possible change happening within the ultra-conservative (and anti-LGBT) Russian Orthodox Church: When the Russian Orthodox Church is in the news, which has been quite often of late, the image that comes to mind is of an army of archbishops and abbots, commanded by Patriarch Kirill I, operating in … Continue reading