Russian Orthodox bishop tells government commission AIDS must be fought with ‘morals,’ not harm-reduction programs
A Russian Orthodox bishop, Arkady Shatov, declared at a government commission on healthcare today that the country must battle an ongoing AIDS epidemic by promoting "healthy moral values."
Speaking about AIDS, the Russian Orthodox Church's representative said, "This disease, unlike any other, has social and moral—or rather immoral—causes." The bishop called for abstinence and declared that a person in life "must show love to their family and work, show patriotism, faith, and intellectual activity."
“Of course, we're very happy that our country doesn't accept so-called harm-reduction programs, like the free distribution of contraceptives and methadone clinics, and we understand that we need different methods and programs here,” the bishop said.