The Putin-backed head of the Russian Orthodox Old Believer Church (RPSC) has said beards protect men from being gay.
Metropolitan Kornily, Primate of the RPSC, said men should stop shaving to “protect themselves from homosexuality,” reports The Moscow Times.
According to Kornily, men with beards are less likely to be “corrupted” by same-sex relationships.
“God set down certain rules. The Lord created everyone with a beard. No man can resist his creator,” he told Russia’s National News Service.
“It’s made a monstrous thing to see men’s clothing and hairstyles changing.”
And where is the beard most at risk? Kornily lamented that its special status had “completely disappeared from the Catholic West.”
Interestingly, Putin is clean shaven. Also, we know many gay and bisexual men are attracted to men with facial hair.