A bishop has been blasted for saying gay people exist because pregnant women have anal sex in a shocking statement.
Church of Cyprus bishop Neophytos Masouras of Morphou made the outrageous claim at a primary school in Akaki Nicosia District last month, saying how pregnant women practising the sexual act will impact their child’s preferences for the same sex.
The Greek Orthodox leader said homosexuality is “a problem, which is usually transmitted by parents to the child.”
In his speech, he added: “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 Porphyrios] says that when the woman likes that, a desire is born, and then the desire is passed on to the child.”
The speech, which has been widely shared social media, has since gone viral.
The video was also shared on Accept LGBTI’s page, with the caption: “How are lesbians created?”
According to Cypriot LGBTI rights group ACCEPT, the bishop made the remark as part of his “spiritual meetings of dialogue” where all attendees can ask him questions and join in on the conversations.
Social media users lashed out at video, with some poking fun at the bishop’s surreal speech.
One social media user wrote: “So, father, if the woman does oral, will the child become a dentist?”
But one person added: “The problem is not this ignoramus, the tragic problem is that there are thousands who believe him.”
The bishop said homosexuality is “a problem, which is usually transmitted by parents to the child”
The bishop said he looked to Saint Porphyrios, a deceased chaplain, who previously told gay people to stay single and pray for their sexuality to go away.
Cyprus decriminalised homosexuality in 1998 and banned discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in 2004.
However, gay people are still not allowed to serve in the army and same-sex couples cannot adopt legally children.