- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A star in Russia’s version of the popular U.S. sitcom “Scrubs” recently told fans that he wants to burn homosexuals alive, adding more fuel to the controversy surrounding the country’s gay propaganda laws.

“I would have them all stuffed alive inside an oven. This is Sodom and Gomorrah, as a believer, I can not remain indifferent to this, it is a living danger to my children!” Ivan Okhlobystin said at a chat with fans in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, according to a Huffington Post translation of a local news report from NGS.Novosti.

He continued on to say that homosexuality is “a clear sign of mental abnormality.”

Activists spoke out against the actor, who also served as an Orthodox Christian priest until he was suspended in 2010, RIA Novosti reported.

Nikolay Alexeyev, the leader of Moscow’s gay community, told radio station RSN the actor was “inciting hatred and enmity toward a social group.”

Russia’s new gay propaganda laws make it illegal to “spread information about non-traditional sexual behavior” to minors, which has led to an increase in anti-gay violence in the country, the Post reported

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Mr. Okhlobystin is best known for “Interns,” a sitcom directly inspired by “Scrubs, RIA Novosti said. The show was rated Russia’s best television show of 2012 in a survey by state-run pollster VTsIOM last December.

Gay rights activists in Russia say legislation approved last year to ban the promotion of homosexuality among minors has heightened anti-gay violence in the country.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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