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Orthodox Statement Condemns Homosexuality

Orthodox Statement Condemns Homosexuality

Published August 13, 2012

An ad appearing in the daily newspaper Fréttablaðið from the Russian Orthodox Church in Iceland condemned homosexuality over Gay Pride. Fréttablaðið says the ad was printed by mistake.
Many Icelanders were surprised to see an ad appearing beneath the TV listings in last Saturday’s Fréttablaðið – in both Icelandic and English – quoting 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, which says, “Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” The ad was placed by the Russian Orthodox Church of Iceland, but did not bear a name.
The timing of the ad was especially alarming to many Icelanders, running as it did over Gay Pride. The priest of the Russian Orthodox Church, Rev. Timur Zolotuskiy, told DV that the ad was his own initiative; not the church’s. He also said that the ad was anonymous as he did not want to put his name under “the word of God.”
RÚV reports that the editor of Fréttablaðið, Ólafur Stephensen, says it was wrong to have run the ad without a name. He says the paper will run the name of the person who bought the ad today.
Guðmundur Helgason, chairman of the gay rights group Samtökin 78, strongly condemned the ad, saying it was out of place in Icelandic society.



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QuizUp To Become Social Media Platform

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European Writers’ Council Concerned Over Book Tax

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Julien Blanc Workshop Probably Canceled

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Northern Lights Movie Released

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In a unsurprising turn of events, the weather will be getting much colder in Iceland in the coming days. RÚV reports that dropping temperatures are expected to cause icy road conditions and black ice. The Icelandic Met Office has stipulated that this is mostly applicable to the West and Southwestern parts of Iceland and mountain roads in the North and Northeast. Icy road conditions have been reported in Hellisheiði, Sandskeiði, at Mosfellsheiði and Lyngdalsheiði, so if you are traveling through those areas, stay vigilant. Up north icy road conditions and hail showers are expected at Holtavörðuheiði, Hrútafjörður, Bröttubrekka and Svínadalur.

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Believes Riff Raff Is Her Father – UPDATE: Kid Is Full Of Shit

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Young Margrét Vera Mánadóttir believes English playwright and actor Richard O’Brien is her father, reports Vísir. O’Brien is known for writing Rocky Horror Picture Show and for his role as Riff Raff. In a twist of fate, Margrét has been cast in the role of Riff Raff in her high school production of Rocky Horror. “I’ve tried to get in touch with him but haven’t gotten any replies,” said Margrét. “My mum tells me it’s pointless, but I’d like to try to contact him.” Margrét’s mother and a friend of hers traveled to London at the start of 1997 which is where

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