The Archbishop of Piraeus, Seraphim, has called for the excommunication of Greek MPs who vote for same-sex partnerships, which the European Court of Human Rights has required the country to implement. The news stories I found were uniformly critical to hostile, and none quoted him at any length, so what exactly he said and how good his arguments were can’t be decided.

Whatever one thinks of the archbishop’s declaration, however, there are some people who just shouldn’t speak in public because they’ve lost the respect necessary to be heard. The archbishop had previously (in December 2010) told a Greek television show “Adolf Hitler was an instrument of world Zionism and was financed from the renowned Rothschild family with the sole purpose of convincing the Jews to leave the shores of Europe and go to Israel to establish the new Empire.” The Greek Orthodox Church in America condemned his statement  as “gravely offensive and totally unacceptable.”

His clarification did not help. After explaining that his views are his own and that “I respect, revere, and love the Jewish people,” he continued:

My public vehement opposition against International Zionism refers to the organ that is the successor of the “Sanhedrin” which altered the faith of the Patriarchs, the Prophets and the Righteous of the Jewish nation through the Talmud, the Rabbinical writings and the Kabbalah into Satanism, and always strives vigorously towards an economic empire set up throughout the world with headquarters in the great land beyond the Atlantic for the prevalence of world government and pan-religion.

One can’t say that sort of thing and expect to be listened to again. In this case, he’s made it particularly easy for homosexualist partisans to equate opposition to the political approval of homosexuality with lunatic bigotry.

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