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How the Greek Church is Protesting the Country's New Radical Transgender Law

Fr. Mark Hodges : Oct 24, 2017

Previously in Greece, government legal recognition of a gender change had to provide proof of having had surgery and a psychiatric evaluation.

(Greece)— [] Christian churches in Greece are ringing their bells in mourning over a radical transgender law passed earlier this month. (Photo: Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece offered a stinging rebuke of the 'transgender' law/via

Metropolitan Ambrose of Kalavryta and the clergy of his diocese are ringing their church bells loudly every day at noon for three minutes.

"It is an outrageous inspiration for someone to change his gender in a few minutes, with a simple declaration, so contrary to what God has gifted people with," the clergy of the diocese wrote in a released statement.

"Whoever has 'gender dysphoria' is mentally ill."

Historically, church bells ring in joy before services, in mourning before funerals, to alert the community to important news, or as a warning before an attack.

"We are engulfed by unease as to what the future is preparing for us," the monks of Mount Athos wrote to the Ministers of Education and Justice of the Greek Republic. Is it really permissible in our Orthodox fatherland to legally and blatantly defy Divine law? 'God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them' (Gen. 1:27)."

"On the Free Change of Sex" passed with 171 votes in a 300-member Parliament on October 10 with the strong backing of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. It grants legal recognition to sex changes without any requirement other than the desire of the applicant, allowing anyone age 15 or older to legally change gender.

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