Homosexuality, decriminalized in Russia in 1993, is still taboo in Russian culture. Despite Soviet Russia’s promotion of atheism and destruction of organized religion, Russia has remained a religious country, with the vocal and conservative Russian Orthodox Church leading a country-wide campaign for increased morality since the collapse of the Soviet Union. A recent poll by the independent Levada Center found that almost two thirds of Russians see homosexuality as “morally unacceptable and worth condemning.” Similarly, about half are opposed to gay rallies and same-sex marriages, and a third think that homosexuality is the “result of a sickness or psychological trauma,” the center reported. Proponents of the ban have compared Russia to the biblical Sodom and Gomorrah, emphasizing the need to adhere to what they call Russia’s “traditional values.”
Lamo, who’s been affiliated with the hacker ‘zine 2600, said that he considered himself a reporter, and that he was a minister with the Universal Life Church, which grants ministerial credentials over the internet. On cross-examination, Manning’s attorney David Coombs — who refused to refer to bradass87 in the chats as Manning — asked Lamo about the section of the logs where Lamo offered bradass87 confidentiality as a journalist and a man of the cloth.
So there we were. The house lights went down, and the first chords of “Little Red Corvette” sounded. I was suddenly in a different space. All of the things that had been overwhelming me suddenly evaporated. Prince played all of his hits that night, and it was an uplifting barrage to my soul. It was like church, I suppose. It was religious.
Alors leader de l’opposition municipale, Gilles Savary s’aperçoit que se cache derrière la Fraternité Saint-Pie-X et dit au maire qu’il est en train de donner l’église à des traditionalistes. La réponse du maire est dans le compte-rendu du même conseil municipal : « C’est cela l’équilibre démocratique. » Rapport au cinéma Utopia qualifié par Alain Juppé de « foyer d’animation trotskiste, anarchiste
We must send a clear message to these hundreds—perhaps thousands—of children whose sinful ways have tempted so many of the church’s servants into lustful violation of their holy vows of celibacy. The church forgives them for their transgressions and looks upon them not with intolerance, but compassion.