May 22, 2024

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Member of the party "NIKI" slapped a deputy from "ND" in church for voting pro-LGBTQ

The victim of an attack in the Church of Agios Konstantinos and Eleni in the Pulidio nursing home, after the end of the Divine Liturgy, was New Democracy MP Angeliki Delicari on Sunday morning (21/4), when a woman approached her, insulted her and slapped her.

The deputy reacted very calmly, while the rest of those present booed the offender. According to the information, the woman was a candidate for parliament from the right-wing party NIKI, and the incident began after the priest reported the presence of A. Delicari at the Divine Liturgy.

The woman assailant began shouting at MP Angeliki Delicari, pointing out that she had voted for the same-sex couples law, and ended up slapping the MP. It is reported that the attacker had previously sent offensive messages to the email of a deputy who was a guest of the Philoptochos Foundation.

The deputy's entourage commented on the attack, saying: it proves that people in this political sphere have nothing to do with love and Christian reason. Delicari said she did not want to comment on the case. The Niki party stated that the woman's membership in the party was suspended.

In his statement New Democracy “unequivocally condemns the attack” and emphasizes that “attitudes towards hatred and division can have nothing to do with faith and religion.” Statement by the New Democracy Party:

“We unequivocally condemn the attack on New Democracy MP Angelika Delicari from Kavala in a church. The behavior of hatred and division cannot have anything to do with faith and religion. They prove that parties that claim to be based on love and Christian reason – elements that concern the entire Greek society – are aimed only at banditry. Finally, we take it for granted and imperative that all parties condemn this attack.”

It is worth noting that many Greek churches and metropolitans banned the appearance of deputies who voted for the law on the adoption of children by same-sex couples, declaring them “traitors to the faith and fatherland.”

The Greek Church, despite the official non-recognition of these laws, treated it quite loyally, declaring only that the law contradicts the tenets of the Christian faith.

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