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Upon watching the video I found it to be a forceful and eloquent protest against the LGBT movement, expressed from the persepctive of a truly benign and unselfish homophobia; that is to say, a brotherly concern for what will happen to people who openly embrace these sins on the day of jusgement, given the specific fate of Sodom.
Now one can argue that there are other sins we are turning a blind eye to, but I think this is not the case; the Orthodox Church as a whole has priests who condemn daily all sorts of sin, while they themselves struggle and occasionally succumb to the passions which produce such hamartia.
If we are to say that theosis is the objective of Orthodoxy, we cannot ignore what was said by Moses, our Lord and St. Paul; we should instead accuse ourselves, because all of us have had unclean thoughts about sexuality, and we must aim to govern and purify this passion either by taming it and directing it towards the betterment of society through reproduction in marriage, or suppressing it outright in monasticism (which by the way is not inherently the ideal course of action for the homosexually inclined; this instead varies and is something to be discussed with ones confessor).
Specifically in reply to the justifiable, but I believe, invalid, concerns expressed by Minasoliman:
I take no offense at his delivering this speech in Georgia; the Georgian laws on the subject seem proper and correct, the main problems being a culture of somewhat heavy handed policing inherited from the Soviet Militsya. The Soviet police were always organized as a military force, and videos one finds on the Internet show that Russian police can be quite ferocious. The use of excess force in enforcing the laws is sinful and represents a form of abuse of the human image which Fr. Trenham has previously held to be sacred, and tempering the police to act with a minimum of force, something the British police have historically enjoyed a good reputation for in decades past, should be on the agenda of the Orthodox church in each Orthodox country. Also the police must protect people from being assaulted, whatever the reason, and I did not see Fr. Trenham inciting or encouraging the Georgian people to go beyond the law and impose vigilante justice on homosexuals.
However, I think you were very correct to raise this point; I recently came across a very interesting book on law, order and policing in the former Soviet Union which I believe is directly applicanle to your concerns as well as other recent controversies such as Euromaidan, which I will dig up a URL for if desired. Essentially, however, the problem devolves to a purely political question of law and order, and how these are to be enforced, but God's law remains the same everywhere, so thus it would not matter if Fr. Trenham had delivered this speech in Tblisi or here in Los Angeles.