(TMU) — A Greek Orthodox bishop in Cyprus has earned bemusement and mockery from social media users across the globe after making the ludicrous claim that men are gay because their mothers had anal sex while pregnant—and enjoyed it.
The strange assertion, which Church of Cyprus bishop Neophytos Masouras of Morphou made at a primary school in the Nicosia district town of Akaki, supposedly has a basis in theological opinions within the Eastern Orthodox denomination.
The bishop explained:
“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 recently made saint, who died in 1991, was known to have warned gay people to stay single and spend their lives alone, praying that their sexuality would simply go away.
Bishop Masouras’ comments were delivered amid a series of “spiritual meetings of dialogue” this month, Cypriot LGBTI rights group ACCEPT said.
The meetings are an open forum where audience members of all ages can question the bishop on any subject.
Needless to say, the idea that pregnant women finding anal sex pleasurable is a hereditary factor in the inception of gay offspring lacks any basis in science.
However, the bishop’s comments reflect the sadly bigoted attitude that the Cypriot LGBTI community are forced to confront on a daily basis.
Video footage of the bishop’s talk, which was captured in June, went viral after it was posted by Accept LGBTI Cyprus along with the caption: “How are lesbians created?”
One comment translated to English by Facebook said:
“So, my father, if the woman in time does oral, the child will become a dentist? Just a question my father!!!!! HAVE MERCY!!!!!!!!”
However, another commenter defended the bishop, stating:
“The priest says this because he investigated it and says [this] with divine enlightenment, unlike you who judge without having the slightest idea.”
Yet another netizen hit the nail on the head with the truthful comment:
“The problem is not this ignoramus, the tragic problem is that there are thousands who believe him.”