Racy Orthodox Calendar pushes gay rights ahead of Russian Olympics

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On the eve of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, a group of Eastern Orthodox Christians is protesting Russia’s anti-gay laws in a calendar featuring naughty nude drawings of gay men. Photo courtesy of Tienne/www.orthodox-calendar.com

On the eve of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, a group of Eastern Orthodox Christians is protesting Russia’s anti-gay laws in a calendar featuring naughty nude drawings of gay men. Photo courtesy of Tienne/www.orthodox-calendar.com

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(RNS) While there have been other collections of religious pin-up men, the Orthodox Calendar aims to make a political point against the Orthodox churches that the creators say are complicit in trying to keep gays and lesbians in the closet.

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  • Larry

    The Orthodox Church can use a lot of criticism and embarrassment. This is not the first time they instigated violence for political ends. They instigated pogroms under the Czars and encouraged genocide in Bosnia.

  • Daniel Berry, NYC

    Beautiful gay men are everywhere – and no government can change that.

    Thank God.

  • Earold Gunter

    Stay call Daniel!
    We should expect the next time TorrentFreak does an audit of who is surfing where, that computer users in the Vatican will have blazed an electronic trail to this website. 😉

    Religion is poison!

  • Al Anon

    1 Corinthians 6:9 ESV
    English Standard Version
    Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,

  • Earold Gunter

    Al Anon, Sorry to burst your bubble of superstition, but I don’t think many want your kingdom of God, even if it was real.

    Religion is poison!

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  • Al Anon

    Mark those words, time will tell 🙂

  • Al Anon

    I don’t think many want it, either:

    Matthew 7:13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

  • Larry

    When you think yours is the only true path you forever chain yourself to judging others and narrow the vision of God. The road to righteousness and arrogance is a parallel road that can intersect each other several times throughout a person’s life. It’s often hard to recognize one road from another. What makes them different is the road to righteousness is paved with the love of humanity. The road to arrogance is paved with the love of self.”
    ― Shannon L. Alder

  • Tony

    People, don’t you really see the difference between Orthodox an CATHOLIC church represenred on the pictures?

  • Serge

    to Kimberly Winston:
    the dog barks – and the wind carries (our Russian proverb)

  • Serge

    Orthodox(?!) gays – for gays…

  • Al Anon

    There’s too much evidence not to believe what the Bible says, and it cannot be legitimately refuted, although incorrect interpretations of it can most certainly be.

    And there’s too little evidence that men are worth putting trust in, including Shannon L. Alder. Careful whose advice you follow, or you both may fall into a pit.

  • John

    Then why are they trying to use religion to convey their behavioral preferences?

  • Larry

    Shannon L Alder is not an atheist. She wrote an instruction book about Mormon couples getting married within the faith.

    The Bible is full of what would be best termed as “personal truth”. Whatever evidence you find in your interpretations of the Bible are true only to the level of significance to yourself.

    Arrogance and self-righteousness are close bedfellows. One which is not served well by shouting it from the rooftops and declaring your version of faith is the only true one. You are demonstrating hubris in your righteousness. One harmful to humanity and your spiritual well-being.

    “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order sto be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.”
    -Matthew 6:1

    When you make your prayer, go into your private room, and, shutting the door, say a prayer to your Father in secret, and your Father, who sees in secret, will give you your reward.
    -Matthew 6:6

  • Larry

    Catholic priests usually wear pants. =)

  • I am writing a book about homosexuality.
    Please i need answers to these questions

    1. what is the most dirtiest part of a human being
    2. does fusion of sperms occur in same sex
    3. should everybody practice homosexual, would there be continuation of human race
    4. Does the Bible condemns it or not
    5. Why some pastors or churches accepts homosexuality
    6. Is there any spiritual basis behind homosexuality
    7. How do we judge

    please help out to complete the book titled THE SECRET BEHIND HOMOSEXUALITY LEGALISATION.


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    Maxwell K. Acquah is a gifted author as shown in the writing of this book. He does an excellent job in explaining in detail what the true “Church” must believe in to exist. He also explains the unhealthy characteristics of a false church and false doctrine. He is very thorough in his research and beliefs.
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