The Orthodox church is not my area of expertise, but I understand that it generally condemns homosexuality and political correctness. Insofar as I can tell, the Church follows traditional European Bible teachings, not Marxist social justice warrior dogma.
A metropolitan is the Bishop of a large city. He’s someone important in the Greek Orthodox church, not an insignificant figure.
A Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of the Church of Greece is under fire for comments he posted publicly on his blog, lashing out against gays and atheists. In an angry rant he encouraged his readers and followers to “spit on them” and “blacken them” with violence, stating that they are not humans.
Ambrosios is the Metropolitan of Kalavryta and Aigialeia— a region in north central Peloponnese and ranks as the 8th in order of hierarchy and influence in the Church’s synod, or governing body. Numerous politicians, media and public figures have called for condemnation of the bishop’s comments.
His vitriolic blog post (in Greek) followed legislation set forth by the ruling government to extend domestic partnership status to same-sex couples, granting them similar rights to those who are married.
Don’t think that Ambrosios call to action went unnoticed.
Pappaspost has updated the church’s struggle with secularism with this:
A dissenting voice from the Church of Greece has emerged amongst the harsh criticism leveled against the government’s passing of a law that grants some rights to same-sex partnerships in Greece.
Chrysostomos, the Metropolitan of Messinia, whose diocese covers southern Greece, said in an interview with a local news site TharrosNews.gr, that homosexuals, like all humans, are a creation of God and they deserve the same respect and honor— and not violence and rejection.
Other high ranking bishops added their own viewpoints, including Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus who claimed that the civil partnership recognition movement in Greece was the fault of a long list of dark, external forces that were seeking to break down Greek society, including the U.S. Embassy in Athens and Consulate in Thessaloniki, Jews, the Rothschilds and George Soros.
Metropolitan Anthimos of Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city used his pulpit just days before the vote in Greek parliament to suggest that “not even animals” have these tendencies.
In the interview, Chrysostomos went in depth, even using Biblical reference:
“Homosexuals, like all humans, are a creation of God and they deserve the same respect and honor, and not violence and rejection. We shouldn’t forget the way Christ responded to the sinful woman, according to the Gospels, which became his word. ‘He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.’”
“That canon should be our guiding principle for the way in which we should handle every person and fellow human, regardless of their otherness or differences. The church doesn’t reject people.”
Chrysostomos went on to say, however, that what the Church cannot accept, is an interference in its liturgical life and how it conducts and perceives its sacramental life.