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  • Message of His Eminence Metropolitan Vladimir to the President of the Republic of Moldova, President of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, and Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova, in relation to the march “Without fear of love”, held on 19 May 2018

    Friday, 25 May 2018, The Arch-Pastor of the Orthodox Church of Moldova, His Eminence Metropolitan Vladimir, addressed a message to the President of the Republic of Moldova, President of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, and Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova, in relation to the march “Without fear of love”, held on 19 May 2018. The message mentions:

    On Saturday, 19 May 2018, members of LGBT community in the Republic of Moldova, and their supporters (including, persons arrived from abroad) participated in a pride with the motto “Without fear of love”, demanding the society to be more tolerant to homosexual persons.

    Exactly a week before the organization of this shameful march, hundreds of clergymen and lay Christians from the country, participated in another march, of silence and prayer, organized for the fourth year consecutively, in reaction to the intentions of the organization “Genderdoc-M” to organize a gay pride in the centre of the capital. It is a well-known fact that “Genderdoc-M” is the first non-governmental organization defending and intensively promoting the rights of LGBT in our Republic.

    The Metropolis of Moldova insisted that this march was not authorized, calling both the authorities, and the members, adepts, and promoters of the LGBT community to renounce to this project that represents a public insult not only to religious cults, but also to the greater part of the society.

    According to Article 8 of the Law Meetings, the authorities are in full right to deny authorization to the implementation of this action that represents a direct attempt against public morality and fragrantly violates the “freedoms of other persons”. At the same time, Article 48 (2) of the Constitution of the country stipulates expressly: “The family shall be founded on a freely consented marriage between man and woman, on their equality of rights and on the right and obligation of parents to ensure upbringing and education of their children”.

    However, the march of the LGBT took place, hundreds of police officers being deployed to ensure smooth running of this offending march.

    This immoral action constituted a new challenge to our society that is maintaining its moral verticality in the spirit of Christian teaching.

    Although the Metropolis of Moldova did not call religious communities within the Orthodox cult to come to protests against the march “Without fear of love”, numerous citizens of the country came to peaceful protest, intoning prayers and repenting hymns.

    Hundreds of peaceful protesters suffered from the intervention of the representatives of public law authorities: men and women (including, children attended by their parents) were brutalized, hit with rubber clubs, sprayed with tear gas, dragged and forced physically. Police officers destroyed several icons, tore clergy vestments, maltreating protesters not only physically, but also morally and psychologically.

    Hundreds of complaints have been addressed to the Metropolis since 19 May, on behalf of church-goers, asking for firm action in relation to the acts of violence and brutalization of peaceful protesters.

    In this context, on behalf of the Synod of the Orthodox Church of Moldova and of the citizens of this country, we appeal to You, respectful Members of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, asking You to stop in the future this destructive evil that morally corrupts our society declared Orthodox and supportive of family values.

    At the same time, we ask that Law No. 121 of 25.05.2012 on Equality is revised, and this is not only a request of the clergy of the Church, but also a desire of our entire Orthodox Christian nation.

    Otherwise, concluding this mandate as legislators in this autumn, what kind of moral and spiritual values do You leave to the young generation?

    Hoping that our message is heard, we wish You right and wise understanding, in order to make healthy and useful decisions for the nation and the country.

    On behalf of the Synod of the Orthodox Church of Moldova

    VLADIMIR

    METROPOLITAN OF CHISINAU AND ALL MOLDOVA