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Prominent Greek bishop blames the “Zionist monster” for recent improvements in civil rights for same-sex couples

One of Greece’s leading bishops, Bishop Seraphim of Piraeus, has blamed the “Zionist monster” for recent changes in Greek law allowing same-sex couples increased access to civil rights.

Under the new cohabitation bill, same-sex couples who sign a cohabitation agreement will receive the same tax advantages as married, heterosexual couples. The new legislation has also improved inheritance rights for same-sex couples.

It is reported that the bill is extremely unpopular in Greece but is being passed to meet European Union anti-discrimination standards.

Bishop Seraphim of Piraeus has remarked that the increased rights for same-sex couples are the result of a “constant war against the true faith” being waged “by the international Zionist monster,” which he believes controls the Greek government.

In 2010, the bishop told a Greek TV channel that Jews had orchestrated the Holocaust and were to blame for Greece’s financial crisis.

Antisemitic stereotyping is widespread in Greece.  A recent Anti-Defamation League survey revealed that Greece has Europe’s highest rate of antisemitic attitudes, with 69% of Greeks espousing antisemitic views.

Source: Times of Israel