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Elton John is once again taking some stick from true believers in the run-up to his planned 16 June charity gig in Ukraine's capital Kiev, Pravda reports.

Sir Elton will tickle the ivories in support of local kids suffering from HIV/AIDS, but this generous gesture has not stopped Orthodox Ukrainians slamming the concert as "blasphemous".

Union of Orthodox Ukrainians big cheese Valery Kaurov declared: "Orthodox people have no respect to people with untraditional sexual orientation, including Elton John because such people are directly associated with HIV/AIDS."

Kaurov then explained how the Elton John menace would, if not adequately contained, eventually lead to the complete destruction of humanity: "All normal countries, including Russia do their best to ban such events as gay pride parades and other congregations of people of untraditional sexual orientation because they destruct the society. If all people in the world become homosexuals, mankind will become extinct."

We suggest Kaurov get together with Archdeacon Philip Isaac - defender of Tobago against homosexuality. Those of you who've been following our quite spectacularly non-IT-related "musical Friend of Dorothy versus The Church" strand will recall that said bible basher earlier this year tried to get John pulled from the Caribbean island's Plymouth Jazz Festival, mercifully without success.

Back in the real world, meanwhile, Ukraine has the highest incidence of HIV in Eastern Europe, Pravda claims, with 128.4 per 100,000 individuals infected. Kaurov's alternative Elton John-free plan to tackle this crisis is not noted. ®

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