MOSCOW — A spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church strongly denounced the Eurovision Song Contest’s transgender winner, saying it was a sign of the world’s moral decline and part of an effort to “reinforce new cultural norms.”
Conchita Wurst, the stage name of a former band singer from Austria named Tom Neuwirth, won the 59th installment of the competition, held this year in Copenhagen, with a song titled “Rise Like a Phoenix,” which she performed early Sunday (May 11) as a bearded woman in a form-fitting gold dress.
The Eurovision contest draws well over 100 million viewers annually, and the contest has become a point of national pride in Russia, which began competing in the 1990s.
“The process of the legalization of that to which the Bible refers to as nothing less than an abomination is already long not news in the contemporary world,” Vladimir Legoyda, chairman of the church’s information department, told the Interfax news agency. “Unfortunately, the legal and cultural spheres are moving in a parallel direction, to which the results of this competition bear witness.”
Declaration of the Polish Atheist Coalition on the
Celebration of the Canonization of John-Paul II in Poland
Sunday 27th April 2014
The association “Atheist Coalition” feels obliged to protest against the awarding of official status in Poland to the celebration of the canonization of John Paul II.
Canonization is a strictly religious procedure practiced by the Roman Catholic Church. The process of elevation requires two documented cases of miracles attributed to the intercession before god of the candidate for sainthood. We do not question the right of believers to worship according to the principles of their religion. However, the affirmation of miracles or other manifestations of magical thinking, like the infamous prayer for rain by public authorities, including the highest state authorities, and including the Polish Parliament, President and Prime Minister, is the promotion by the State of irrational attitudes, contrary to scientific opinions and the aspirations of an educated society.