Religion and homosexuality in Ukraine
Ukraine - it is a secular state (Article 35 of the Constitution of Ukraine) This means that the state is separated from the churches and religious organizations
A secular state - a state that treats religious organisations or confessions non-religious people equally indifferent. Churches carry out only its intended social function - to helps citizens satisfy their spiritual needs. Churches in secular state are not permitted to the legislative process.
Meanwhile, today in Ukraine Church Institute is trying to interfere government policies and various areas of administration. For example in 2015 (November 11th) Archbishop and Metropolitan of Lviv UGCC Ihor Wozniak appealed to the Health Committee of Verkhovna Rada on inadmissibility of exclisuion the definition of marriage as "the union of a man and woman" to the Constitution of Ukraine and opposing the appearance of "sexual orientation" as well he was offering legal protection of life from conception to natural death (implying on immorality of abortion)
More and more progressive priests nowadays increasingly show support for homosexuality and common sense.
Recently Yakov Krotov a pastor of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church posted on his page on the social network Facebook in June 30, 2015 the following:
«...LGBT brilliantly reveals the ability of most Christians to understand the Scriptures. But it is a trifle. Secondly, as in the case of Galileo, the question is not of faith and gender, faith and text, or faith and science. If homosexuality is an innate property then homosexual behavior is not sinful (of course, apart from its aggressive forms - but also heterosexual behavior is sinful not only in non-aggressive forms).
And the more such people push the idea of sinfulness of homosexuality insists and that this property is not innate, the weaker their position - because scientists are resolutely insist on this feauture to be . As a result - I see a lot of examples of same-sex marriages, which are a lot more "marriagy" than many heterosexual ones. It is a fact. So I'm going to shove against the facts! So I, God forbid, will go against the existence of God ...»
In addition, during the meeting of the Working Group of the Constitutional Commission on the rights, freedoms and duties of a person and citizen, (held on October 2, 2015) Alexei Petrov, spokesperson for the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations, said the following:
«The All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and religious organizations together and all religions that exist, 18 of its members, in particular, each against discrimination, on various grounds, including sexual orientation. In religious postulates we have different views, but as far as the functioning of the state system, we are consolidated.»
Religion and homosexuality: Sodom And Gomorrah
For centuries, different interpretations of the Bible by people wishing to find an authoritative justification of their own prejudices, led to many horrible events and phenomenons: wars, the Inquisition, apartheid, oppression of women and the persecution of Jews (and other "infidels"), counter to scientific progress in general, and the development of medicine - in particular. This is something defenders of "traditional values." do not want to remember
In particular, the largest quoted the time of the Bible, which is used LGBT opponents - the story of the destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. However, in fact, it was then destroyed 4 cities of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim (Deuteronomy 29,23; Genesis 19.25; Gen. 14.2.). It is interesting to note that the Bible does not tell the real names of Sodom and Gomorrah. The word "Sodom" in translation from Hebrew means "burnt" and "Gomorrah" - "a heap of ruins." Undoubtedly, these names were not primary, but went on destruction.
The word "sodomy" originated in England in the XVIII century
Moreover, as noted by the representatives of Judaism, the word "sodomy" is not in the Torah. It originated in England in the XVIII century and represents the entire range of "non-standard" Victorian-measured morality of sexual behavior. God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for various reasons, in particular for the lack of charity, hospitality and tolerance, for endorsing hostility to strangers, to those who "differ in some way".
Liberal position is oriented at the modern understanding of homosexuality (a type of sexual orientation). It emphasizes the absence of such worldview of the ancient biblical authors. Supporters of such idea believe that this kind of attitude toward homosexual behavior was culturally conditioned by the past as well as many other phenomena that are now outdated, but in times when Bible was written, were acceptable and even "authorized" by God.
Liberal theologians think homosexual relations based on love and devotion are moral.
A fundamental difference between the liberal and traditional (theological) views is the interpretation of immutable moral principles. Traditional theologians recognize that the Bible describes the temporary institutions peculiar to the culture of the past, but condemnation of homosexual acts belongs to the sphere of unchanging moral law. Liberal theologians do not support the same point of view on the immorality, instead they think homosexual relations that are based on love and devotion are moral.
At the same time, liberals often remind the Conservatives that church history is flooded with acts of unfair social justice, such as support of slavery and racism, discrimination against women using biblical texts and religion traditions as excuses.