A leader in the Russian Orthodox Church is urging men to keep their beards to “protect themselves from homosexuality.”
Metropolitan Kornily, primate of the Russian Orthodox Old Believer Church (RPSC), claims that shaving is more likely to make a man become “corrupted” by same-sex attraction.
“God set down certain rules. The Lord created everyone with a beard. No man can resist his creator,” Kornily told Russia’s government-owned National News Service. “It’s made a monstrous thing to see men’s clothing and hairstyles changing.”
Kornily regretted that beards have “completely disappeared from the Catholic West”—suggesting he’s never set foot inside a Apple store, hipster bar or co-working space.
We also have to wonder what Kornily’s take is on Harnaam Kaur, the 25-year-old Sikh woman with a full beard, who’s become a model and activist for body positivity.
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