A BISHOP has said that people turn out to be homosexuals because their mothers had anal sex when they were pregnant with them and, as such, homosexuality was transferred to the fetus during pregnancy.
Church of Cyprus bishop Neophytos Masouras made his surreal statement while speaking at a primary school on the island. ‘the bishop claimed that being gay is passed on when pregnant women have anal sex and enjoy it.
He said: “It happens during the parent’s intercourse or pregnancy. It follows an abnormal sexual act between the parents. To be more clear, anal sex.
“[Saint Porfyrios] says that when the woman likes that, a desire is born, and then the desire is passed on to the child.”
The bishop told his audience that Saint Porfyrios who died in 1991, had written about the issue. Saint Porfyrios is a relatively newly declared saint . He told gay people they should remain single and pray the gay away for the rest of their life.
According to Accept LGBTI Cyprus, the Bishop was speaking during a series of “spiritual meetings of dialogue” that ran until this month.
The meetings are open to anyone and the audience ranges from children to elders with people open to asking the Bishop of Morphou whatever they want.
A clip of his outrageous speech quickly went viral on social media in the country, with LGBT rights group ACCEPT asking the holy man: “How are lesbians created?”
Another social media user added: “So, father, if the woman does oral, will the child become a dentist?”
One user commented: “The problem is not this ignoramus, the tragic problem is that there are thousands who believe him.”
Cyprus decriminalised homosexuality in 1998 and has worked hard to tackle archaic conservative views on homosexuality.
However, gay people are still not allowed to serve in the army and same sex couples are not allowed to adopt.