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Alexandr Avanesov

Violence prevention should not be used as opportunity to distort  traditional concept of family

Violence prevention should not be used as opportunity to distort  traditional concept of family

ArmInfo. Violence prevention should not be used as an opportunity to distort the traditional concept of family, reads a statement of the Office of the Mother See of Etchmiadzin in connection with the amendments to the law "On the prevention of family violence, the protection of persons subjected to domestic violence and the restoration of unity in the family" being discussed in the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia.

"We were surprised to learn that the bill is being discussed again in  the National Assembly. The AAC welcomes any initiative designed to  eliminate violence both in the family and in any other social  environment. Any manifestation of violence is reprehensible, all  people are under God's care. The Holy Scripture says the word of the  Lord: "I will be their God, and they will be my sons." However, some  of the wording in the draft law is extremely unacceptable. In  particular, the concept of "domestic violence" included in the title  and content of the project is very vague and spatial, contrary to the  goal of preventing violence within the family and artificially  expands the scope of regulation of the law. The concept of "partner"  is more than alarming, where it is defined as "a person with whom  there is a relationship characterized by love, regardless of the  circumstances of living together or having sexual relations with each  other." At the same time, The bill in no way excludes that same-sex  persons can be considered partners, whose union, in essence, will be  equated to the concept of a family," the statement says.

The document emphasizes that the family is a union of love between a  man and a woman, united by the will of God and blessed with  childbearing. "The traditional understanding of the family is  ontologically important for our nation and is not subject to  discussion. Therefore, the prevention of violence should not be used  as an opportunity to distort the traditional understanding of the  family. Violence, like any other evil, must be prevented and combated  by means that do not lead to worsening evil and the emergence of new  violence. Taking into account the above, as well as the presence of a  number of other alarming formulations, the Legal Committee of the  Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin considers such an initiative  unacceptable and calls on the factions of the National Assembly and  deputies to reject the adoption of the project. The voting result of  each deputy will show his attitude and responsibility towards his  family , his children and generations, his loyalty to traditional  Christian family values," the statement emphasizes.  

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