The internet is guffawing after a Greek Orthodox religious leader publicly made an absurd claim that homosexuality is the result of women having anal sex.
According to Cyprus Mail, the Church of Cyprus bishop Neophytos Masouras of Morphou told a group of primary school students in Akaki, Cyprus, in June that homosexuality is a “problem, which is usually transmitted by parents to the child.”
Like religion. Children typically get religion from their parents.
Gay people exist because pregnant women have anal sex, claims bishophttps://t.co/iFcg4sF0ri
— PinkNews (@PinkNews) July 26, 2019
The bishop cited Saint Porfyrios’s writings and said that the “desire” is transferred to the embryo the same way all “gifts” get passed to the newborn when a pregnant woman has “unnatural” sex – implying anal intercourse.
Said bishop Neophytos Masouras:
“To be more clear, anal sex. ‘[Saint Porfyrios] says that when the woman enjoys that, a desire is created, and then the desire is passed on to the child.”
Again, he was speaking to primary school children.
A clip of his preposterous speech went viral after it was posted on social media.
Many people joked that the age-old mystery of the origin of one’s sexual preference was finally solved.
🤣🤣 It's about as plausible as any other religious claim…
— icarus62 (@icarus62) July 26, 2019
I bet Evangelicals start following this guy and saying he is great. Watch Trump invite him to the White House.
— Roger Spencer (@Gladfly1) July 26, 2019
What does that man know about gays, women or anal sex?
— Lady Ruru:3 🏳️⚧️ (@RuruKawaii123) July 26, 2019
Who could doubt the wisdom of a man with a beard like that.
And singers exist because pregnant women give oral sex.
Piano players exist because pregnant women give hand jobs.
And hopefully he'll enlighten us even further. https://t.co/smyWrMZybC
— Andy Sway (@AndySwayNYC) July 27, 2019
Did mother leave out any details in her “the birds & the bees” speech?
I shall raise this with my mother immediately
— Dennis Kavanagh 🏳️🌈 (@Jebadoo2) July 26, 2019
Mark my words she’s got some explaining to do
— Dennis Kavanagh 🏳️🌈 (@Jebadoo2) July 26, 2019
I had no need to know what my mom did for fun…
— Acquiescent Soul (@AcquiescentSoul) July 26, 2019
I asked my mum this and she said "quite the opposite, I was pegging your father for nine months, whilst pregnant" so i'm seriously confused about my sexuality now.
Anyway off to bash the bishop again today, never realised my penis was so exotically mediterranean
— jason sparks (@frazzmarie29091) July 26, 2019
The ridiculous theory was met with other questions.
So do religious people exist because pregnant women have sex with bishops? 🤔
— SnoozeBat 🦇 (@PaulTizYer) July 26, 2019
The LGBT rights group ACCEPT humorously challenged:
“How are lesbians created?”
Not everyone was quick to respond with levity.
The worst part of this is……he was speaking at a Primary School 😱 unbelievable!! @therealgokwan
— Christine Cole (@Chrissy56) July 26, 2019
Some identified the toxic mentality influencing the progress of equal rights as no laughing matter.
I grew up in Greece & feel that the Greek orthodox church is ridiculous. They have a stronghold on every part of people's lives and purely for their own gain (financially).
Plus they're utterly misogynistic and spout nonsense.
The Greek Atheist society have so much to combat!
— Fox Virtual Assistants (@Fox_VAs) July 26, 2019
I have no words… Hmmm, maybe this fool represents all of the worst this world has to offer. Fortunately, time is his enemy and his ignorance is coterminous.
Our children are the future and must be shielded from this fools tripe… 😡
— Charlotte Crawley (@CharlyCrawley) July 26, 2019
How is it that people who have renounced sex and are forbidden from having sex claim to be such experts on sex? Any wonder they always have such a perverted and twisted view of sex.
— Dennis A 🏳️🌈 ☸️🕉️⛵ (@DharmaDog13) July 27, 2019
Why do we keep giving religious people a voice in the media though? They wouldn't make these controversial, retrograde comments, if they didn't have a channel for their ideas. They are just stirring the pot.
— Manu (@mannymauve) July 26, 2019
WTF? Priest says about being gay: “To be more clear, anal sex ..when the woman enjoys that, the desire is created, and …passed on to the child”. Goes to show most religious leaders everywhere are purveyors of homophobia, misogyny,patriarchy, & exclusion. https://t.co/92XWm92TcT
— Sol (@forwardarc) July 26, 2019
Pink News said that although Cyprus decriminalized homosexuality in 1998, many ultra-conservative attitudes continue to persist.
The socially conservative Greek Orthodox Church was traditionally notorious for being anti-LGBT, but Cyprus was forced to change its human rights legislation – including laws about sexual orientation and gender identity – when the republic joined the European Union. And while acceptance towards the LGBTQ community has steadily improved, Cyprus still recognizes marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
But after Parliament passed the civil unions bill on November 26, 2015, same-sex couples have since been able to have their relationships recognized.
When it comes to Saint Porfyrios’s mentioning of the “problem” with homosexually, however, the bishop remains anal-retentive.