A Greek Orthodox church leader who says gay men emit a nasty smell is mainting his belief that homosexuality only occurs when pregnant women engage in anal sex.
The Accept LGBT Cyprus organization has posted a series of videos online exposing the pulpit rhetoric of Bishop Neophytos of Morphou, including one where he said in Greek “these acts, laying with men, have a specific stink.”
Most notably, he asserted he told a group of school children in Akaki that homosexuals result when parents perform certain sex acts over the course of a pregnancy.
“'It follows an abnormal sexual act between the parents. To be more clear, anal sex,” he said in Greek, captured on a widely distributed video. “Saint Porphyrios says that when the woman likes that, a desire is born, and then the desire is passed on to the child.”
As the video became widely shared and ridiculed, the bishop defended his remarks in a new interview with the Cyprus Mail.
“I expressed the position of the Church and the position of the saints,” Neophytos said.
He pointed to a full version of the sermon as evidence, though that appears more dubious science. He suggested the same way musical talent can be passed from a father to a child, anal sex-loving sperm from a father can be absorbed by a fetus inside a pregnant mother.
There is no scientific-evidence to suggest that any of this is accurate.