Anything Good In The Moscow Times?



Priest Alexander Shumsky seems to have taken particular exception to the brightly colored footwear on display in Brazil, writing in his column on Christian website Russian People’s Line that players who wear green, yellow, pink or blue shoes helped promote the “gay rainbow.”
“Wearing pink or blue shoes, [the players] might as well wear women’s panties or a bra,” Shumsky wrote, adding that he was also offended by the “unthinkable” hairstyles of some of the players in Brazil.

He’s one  to talk, in fairness…


Fr Shumsky.

Damn unorthodox hipsterski.

Russian Orthodox Priest Says Football Is Gay – Because of Its Shoes (TheMoscowTimes)

Thanks Nelly Bergman

33 thoughts on “Anything Good In The Moscow Times?

  1. Tony the Toy Gur

    “…Shumsky wrote, adding that he was also offended by the “unthinkable” hairstyles of some of the players in Brazil.”

    Says he with the poxy wig and beard.

    1. LaZBoy

      Are you not just repeating the exact joke made above in the actual post. Did you not read the words of it and only look at the pictures before commenting?

      1. All the good ones fly south for winter

        When you qualify that as a joke it’s time to put down the nitrous oxide.

  2. andyourpointiswhatexactly


  3. Mikeyfex

    I wouldn’t like the look of the thong he takes off at the end of each fortnight.

  4. All the good ones fly south for winter

    I’m reading the words but all I hear is Boney M.

  5. ahyeah

    The way they’re lined up in the photo, the colours are completely uncoordinated. Sorry but that is so not gay.

        1. zynks

          hmmm, OK, the mad priest is Russian, winter Olympics were in Russia. see the connection?

          1. ahyeah

            I know. And I was being sincere. What’s wrong? Too gay for you? Making you uncomfortable?

  6. Clampers Outside!

    “Russian players have failed and, by the grace of God, no longer participate in this homosexual abomination” says Shumsky, of the Russian Ortho-docks Church.

    He’s a Shuh in for Bishop !

  7. hello you!

    “might as well wear women’s panties or a bra”… what a great idea, thanks Fr Shumsky…

  8. Always Wright

    Every time I hear somebody make a statement like this I get a bit happier. I always imagine people who had adhered to religious doctrine and dogma thinking “Well, that’s just mad. Colourdy shoes are the work of the divel, are they? Hah!” They go about their business chuckling inwardly at the mad old bastard who made the statement, and a little bit of their unthinking faith in religious authority has been eroded.
    That is a good thing. Every time a bishop says something silly about contraceptives/cohabiting/homosexuality or whatever the sin of the month is, a few people who had never really thought about it before start to question their faith. I know a lady who had a pretty fervent belief in Catholicism, until one day the parish priest went off on one about cohabiting couples. She sat their picturing her lovely son, his adored girlfriend and their perfect, happy four-year-old boy. She realised that the priest hadn’t a clue what he was talking about. She’s still a massgoer, but upsetting and rattling as the whole thing was for her, she’s happier now that she has given herself permission to think for herself.

    1. Tom Stewart

      I think you broke Broadsheet. That’s probably the most intelligent comment I’ve ever seen on here.

    2. postmanpat

      You would think so wouldn’t you. But you forget about the “survivors” (victims) of so called “clerical abuse”. (rape and/or child slavery) who are still practicing Catholics, still attend mass and believe in all this lamb o jasus forgiveness nonsense like that gobsh!te Philomena Lee or the silly women this week moaning at the Pope to sack some bishops.?!? do they think the church was a democracy? No . sorry your wrong. Clerics can come out with even more mad/ hateful/intolerant statements, they can shove their cocks into he faces and anuses of thousand more kid and still have the majority of the ” survivors” show up for service on Sunday , drop money in the basket and raise their kids in the faith. “sure they’re not all bad” they tell themselves. “unthinking faith in religious authority has been eroded.” no sorry , this type of thing seem to temper peoples faith rather than put them off.

      1. Always Wright

        You’re right, I’m always astounded at the way people who have personal experience of the very worst aspects of organised religion will still adhere to the doctrine. Still, if one person, just one, finds that their own moral compass doesn’t quite align with their parish priest’s and they choose to navigate for themselves, I am happy. This might be in just one area of life, but I’ll still welcome it as a step forward. Will Storr’s book “The Heretics” is a very interesting look into the human tendency to cling more and more tenaciously to beliefs in the face of contradictory evidence. We have a predilection for becoming entrenched and when information or experience challenge our position instead of leaving our trench we dig in deeper. With this in mind, I have even more respect for people who can think for themselves within religious structures.
        I used the word erosion quite casually earlier, but the more I think about it the more appropriate it seems; a slow inexorable wearing down of something that seems too huge and solid to ever change. I’d prefer a landslide, but I’ll settle for erosion for now.

        1. postmanpat

          Thanks for putting me wide to Will Storr. I never heard of him before. Ill be sure to check out that book. (and the others ) He sounds good.

  9. Inopro

    If people dont see this sick, militant, predatory witchunt against th Russian lgbt community and abroad, for exactly that then ill be damned. You lot ‘moscow’ get a life!!! #bigots

  10. jeremy kyle

    The Qatar world cup bribe controversy has overshadowed the inevitable controversy and tension that will hang over the Russian cup when we have a repeat of the Sochi debacle and Russia’s flaws get put back under the spotlight.

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