One wonders why the konvertsy, as a group, go in for rightwing wingnut extremism. Certainly, the leaders of the Church have spoken many times in condemnation of the Free Market, of laissez faire capitalism, and of plain sinful greed. Perhaps, it’s because most Anglo-Saxon converts refuse to learn one of the Orthodox languages and read the ordinary press in the Orthodox homelands. The bishops often speak in the media, and journalists cover the doings of the Church in such popular outlets as MK and KP… it’s not like America, where the Church operates in secret, away from the light, refusing to tell the truth unless forced to by the courts.
The Tea Party operates much as Orthodoxy in America does. It refuses to name its sugar daddy backers… oh, yes, their legal mouthpiece Roberts called campaign funding regulation “unconstitutional”… what utter rot. These people PREFER the darkness and the shadows… should it surprise us that the konvertsy and the Tea Party find one another congenial? The Tea Party excoriates those who want openness and regulation in the political and economic arena, whilst the konvertsy slam those who question the high-handed actions of their favoured hierarchs and clerics. Both the Tea Party and the konvertsy call their opponents “socialists”.
Nevertheless, the Church does NOT condemn Social Democracy… it does condemn Neoliberalism (US “conservatism”), and the current WikiLeaks affair makes me hate Neoliberalism even more. Through it, the “conservatives” want to exacerbate tensions so that their arms industry pals make huge profits. Through it, they want to continue the endless Bush War and expand it. Through it, they want to undermine President Obama, so that they can take money from unemployed families and transfer it to the richest and most idle families in the country. That’s Tea Party redistribution, for ya!
That is why I hate everything that John Whiteford, Anthony Nelson, Mark Stokoe, Terrence Mattingly, and Jonas Paffhausen stand for in the political/economic area… they stand for EVIL. It’s moot to search for the source of this… it suffices to know that these people do not share the Mind of the Church. A friend of mine sent me the following:
There are so many “John Whitefords” in the Church now (here in North America, at least), it has gotten to be the norm in certain so-called “Orthodox” quarters. What these fools don’t realise is that there is evidence that the Nazarenes (the early Jewish Church in Jerusalem headed by James the Just) entered into a unified movement with the Zealots and others to resist the very type of (Roman) Imperialism that these “Orthodox Rednecks” defend! The Nazarenes and the Zealots would be considered “Socialists” by modern standards, revolutionary, fervent, and concerned with the well-being of the “have-nots” in 1st century Palestine. Clowns like JW are “Romans”, and their worldview and value systems prove that beyond a doubt. This Nazarene ain’t having it, and I will fight them every chance I get…
Which side are you on? Do you follow His Holiness or do you follow Messrs Whiteford, Nelson, Mattingly, et al? Do you stand by Frank Schaeffer when the konvertsy attack him, or, do you stand aside and say, “It’s not my affair, they’re not attacking me”. I’m glad for some of the upsetting events in the larger society in the past six months… it’s smoked out the wingnuts in the Church.
You see, I’ve come to realise that most of the former Sectarians and Episkies in the Church didn’t give up their heresy… they merely changed their rituale… which is a piffle. John Whiteford wants you to believe Rush Limbaugh… Chad Hatfield takes an honorary degree from the TEC seminary that he graduated from… JP protects Isidore Brittain… Freddie Matthews-Green thinks that there’s no difference between Orthodox and Uniates… Rod Dreher attacked paedophiles amongst the RCs, but plays defence for paedophiles in the OCA… what more do you need?
I would hope that these people would abandon their delusions… but I fear that they shall not… and that they will move out of us just as easily as they moved amongst us. Actually, the sooner it happens, the better off we all shall be. This isn’t “nice”… it isn’t “politic”… but “a house divided against itself cannot stand”. Orthodoxy in America is at a fork in the road… we shall not all choose identically, and it’s lunatic to assume otherwise. I’m going to stand for the Church… the Real Church of Russia and Greece, of Serbia and Romania, not the imagined church of some self-centred Episcopalian’s reading.
There is going to be a divorce… the only question left is, “Shall it be amicable or otherwise?” I fear that all of us know the answer to that.
Thursday 2 December 2010