Disinfo: The West has a pro-LGBT motive in backing Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Summary

The US government officials who support the creation of independent Orthodox church in Ukraine, such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, also advocate support for the LGBT rights. It is no coincidence that the ‘Kiev pride’ parade was financially supported inter alia by the American and German embassies and Canadian government. With malign political and moral agenda, Ukraine can only expect its situation to deteriorate.

Disproof

An absurd link made between supporting Ukrainian Orthodox Church and LGBT advocacy. Pro-Kremlin outlet's aim in this case is to appeal to the Orthodox audiences by portraying the West as unreliable and morally decadent - there have been numerous cases of analogous disinformation narratives. The West's advocacy for the rights of the LGBT persons is based on the principle of equal rights and dignity for all human beings, which is perfectly in line with the Christian doctrine. You can read more about the EU position on LGBTI rights here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 131
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/01/2019
  • Outlet language(s) English
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Ukraine
  • Keywords: autocephaly, Western values, West, Orthodox Church, LGBT

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Disproof

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Disproof

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