22 November 2012
Russia Behind the Headlines
I got this heartfelt missive from one of the Cabineteers:
I agree! It’s time to take back our Church from these squalling brats! If they want to stay, that’s fine, but they have to respect our ways, full stop. We could have a good start by defrocking most of the Anglican/Evangelical clerical retreads. They don’t have Orthodox Hearts, and that’s that.
One can only wonder why Transylvania‘s reputation is what it is in the Anglosphere. It’s really not that much different from the other formerly-Hapsburg lands in Mitteleuropa… you can see much the same in Austria or Slovakia, and there’s the same gemisch of peoples in Galicia, the Banat, or “Bosnia“. However, English-speaking people find a mysticism in such places as the famous castle of Sighișoara (or Segesvár, or Schässburg, you pays your money and you takes your choice), the birthplace of Prince Vlad Țepeș. Perhaps, it’s all due to Bram Stoker or to Bela Lugosi, pop culture influences found mostly in the Anglosphere. Yet, how many of you would remain indifferent if you heard a suspicious noise or noticed a shadow in such a place? For many, it’d suggest fear, even amongst the most sceptical. After all, Transylvania isn’t Pennsylvania (there’s no Pierogi Race or Old Forge Pizza) or Pottsylvania (you won’t run into Mr Big, Fearless Leader, Boris Badanov, and Natasha Fatale)!
Don’t let the Halloween nay-sayers get you down. Most of ‘em are killjoy religious hobbyist nutters. There’s nothing wrong with secular fun… God LOVES innocent amusement (that’s why He made it, lunkhead). Pass the jug n’ smile… and don’t cross the paths of any black cats (we have one, he’s a neat beast), mind you…