Kiev, June 8, 2020
While millions throughout America and the world are calling for justice for the victim of police brutality in Minneapolis George Floyd, one member of the Ukrainian Parliament is making another call.
Verkhovna Rada Deputy Iliya Kiva, from the “Opposition Platform-For Life” faction, is calling upon “Metropolitan” Epiphany Dumenko, the head of the schismatic “Orthodox Church of Ukraine,” to canonize Floyd as a saint.
Writing on his Facebook page, Deputy Kiva compared the mass protests that erupted in response to Floyd’s death to the 2013-2014 Maidan revolution in Ukraine, suggesting that the deceased be included among the Heavenly Hundred—those who died during the protests.
“In solidarity with the American people, sharing their national grief from the tragic death of a black great martyr, as a People’s Deputy of Ukraine, I propose declaring a week of mourning and renaming Stepan Bandera Avenue in Kiev to Floyd Avenue!!!” Kiva writes.
“I also appeal to Metropolitan Epiphany with a demand to canonize the innocently-murdered Floyd and to appoint a day for his veneration in the Church,” the Deputy continues.
Recall that the “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” is not allowed to canonize saints, but rather must petition the Patriarchate of Constantinople to canonize saints for it.
He also calls upon the Prime Minister of Ukraine to allocate $10 million dollars as financial assistance for Floyd’s family.
“Please consider including Floyd in the list of the Heavenly Hundred, as the man who began the ‘revolution of dignity’ in the United States of America!!! With Floyd forever in my heart,” Kiva concludes.