Voices from Russia

Monday, 15 September 2014

15 September 2014. THIS is What the Unia Does… ANY QUESTIONS?

00 this is what the uniates do... 15.09.14

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I need add nothing more, for the point is well-made and complete. The Unia is an impostor…

BMD

15 September 2014. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… Christ and the Red Banner in the LNR

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00 Art Young. Jesus wanted poster. He stirreth up the people. 1913

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Here’s an image to set things straight. First, we had HH giving a high Church decoration to Comrade Zyuganov, now this. Take a GOOD look at it, kids. The righties are NOT champions of Christ… the Left is! The Left embodies what He taught… NOT the right! Whenever the junta murders a opolcheniets, it murders Christ. When the junta fires rockets blindly into civilian neighbourhoods to cause deaths and mayhem, they fire at Christ. When the junta slashes pensions to fatten the boodle bags of the Affluent Effluent, it steals food from Christ. When the junta allows Uniate fascist thugs to roam the streets to wreak havoc on innocents, it beats Christ. That’s the way of it… “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me”. Also look at the Art Young graphic from 1913… Our Lord Christ is with the patriot volunteers in Novorossiya, not the greedster mercenaries of the junta.

As Christians we can have nothing to do with objective evil… the junta commits objective evil daily and has no repentance of it. I need say no more…

BMD

Sunday, 14 September 2014

“Glory and Honour … Everyone Who Does Good”: Comrade Zyuganov Met with Patriarch Kirill at the Danilov Monastery

00 Zyuganov and HH Kirill. 14.09.14

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His Holiness Kirill Gundyaev Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias invited Gennady A Zyuganov, Chairman of the KPRF Central Committee, head of the KPRF faction in the RF Gosduma, to visit the patriarchal residence at the Danilov Monastery in Moscow. Patriarch Kirill served liturgy, dedicated to two eminent Russian historical figures, Prince St Daniil of Moscow and Grand Prince St Aleksandr Nevsky. On 12 September, the Church celebrates the finding of the relics of Prince St Daniil of Moscow (1652), as well as the translation of the relics of his father, Grand Prince St Aleksandr Nevsky (1724).

After a tour of the monastery grounds, Gennady Andreyevich went to the Patriarch’s residence, where Patriarch Kirill awarded Comrade Zyuganov the Order of Glory and Honour (Third Class). Patriarch Kirill warmly welcomed Gennady Andreyevich, giving him birthday greetings personally, and then solemnly presented him with the Order of Glory and Honour. His Holiness emphasised Gennady Andreyevich’s personal contributions to preserving traditional moral and spiritual values and the strengthening of interethnic and interreligious peace amongst the peoples of Russia. For instance, Comrade Zyuganov took part in all meetings of the World Russian People’s Council (VRNS) since the founding of the organisation.

Patriarch Kirill noted that the Church is outside of politics, but the Church is aware that political parties are vehicles for citizens to articulate their visions and make proposals for the development of society. However, one must see that the main thing is preserving the cultural and civilisational code of the nation, and its traditional core values. His Holiness noted that G A Zyuganov’s role in this and that of the KPRF is well-known, saying, “Since there are different forces in the political life of the country, the Church doesn’t identify herself with any one of them, but it always defends those fundamental values without which our people and our society can’t exist. Therefore, when it comes to preserving core values… and these values ​​are faith, morality, culture, and our people’s unity… all the various political factions should stand united in that”.

In reply, G A Zyuganov said that the basis of our highest ideals are justice, friendship amongst the peoples, respect for every person, and honouring those whose intelligence and talent creates all good things. Comrade Zyuganov emphasised that Russia has always been uppermost in his priorities, saying, “I think that without the Russian spirit, Russian culture, Russian faith, and Russian traditions, it’d be impossible to unite the vast expanses of our country. Our strength and power… in truth and in dignity… was defended by such great ascetics as St Aleksandr Nevsky and such military geniuses as Suvorov, Kutuzov, and Zhukov”.

In thanks to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, Gennady Andreyevich gave him a medal of the KPRF Central Committee, “70th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Crimea and Sevastopol from the Fascist Invaders”. Also in attendance were S P Obukhov, S A Gavrilov and A A Yushchenko, Deputies of the RF Gosduma KPRF Party faction, and Executive Secretary of the Interparty Duma Group in Defence of Christian Values ​​O V Efimov.

12 September 2014

KPRF.ru

KPRF official website

http://kprf.ru/party-live/cknews/134536.html

Editor:

HH HONOURS the Left… that’s because the Left’s vision and that of the Church is more in sync than the fevered nostrums of the Neoliberals (“conservatives”) are. That is, Communists are closer to Christ’s ideals than the Republicans are (simply mouthing religious platitudes True Religion does NOT make). The Neoliberals are GODLESS… despite all their mewling about “Jayzuss”… they’re mindless devotees of the Almighty Dollar… followers of the Black Banner of Nihilism, Profit, and Perpetual Warfare. You can follow the Cross and the Red Banner, or you can follow the Dollar Sign and Jesus® (copyright held by Franklin Graham, no copying without due payment and express permission). The “respectable” and the powers-that-be crucified Our Lord Christ (after all, the First Century equivalent of Rick Perry crucified Him)… he wasn’t a social visionary, but that was one of the things that he preached about. I remember some earlier words of Comrade Zyuganov… “Christ was the first communist”. Indeed. You may follow Comrade Zyuganov, or you may follow Victor Potapov, Paffso, Rod Dreher, Alexander Webster, and those like them.

As always, the choice is yours… choose well… the choices ARE exclusive of one another…

BMD

Thursday, 11 September 2014

11 September 2014. You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This… Clueless Chump Cruz Lumps ISIS and Syria Together… Booed Off Stage by Mideast Christian Bigs

00 you are a douchebag. 11.09.14

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On Wednesday night, whilst the nation watched President Obama’s primetime address on the threat of ISIS, something else happened in Washington… the audience booed Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) off the stage of a Christian event. Many consider Cruz a rising darling of the American Christian right. He speaks at evangelical gatherings in the country, talks to groups of conservative pastors, and headlines events with the Family Research Council. However, Wednesday night, his Christian audience was largely Eastern and Arab. The brand of conservative American evangelicalism that Cruz often champions… one that often aligns itself with the State of Israel’s interests… didn’t sit well with everyone in attendance.

Cruz was keynoting a gala for In Defence of Christians (IDC), an advocacy and awareness group that aims to bring the USA’s attention to the plight of ancient Christian communities in the Middle East, and to protect the rights of other religious minority groups in the region. This week, IDC is hosting a three-day Summit, a conference bringing together a range of Middle Eastern Christians… Orthodox, Catholic, Coptic, Syriac, Lebanese, Assyrian, to name a few… to foster a new sense of unity in the midst of a politically fraught season. Most of the panels at the summit are of a religious nature, but a handful of political leaders gave remarks as well, including Senator Rob Portman (R-OH). Former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood was the MC at Wednesday’s gala, but Cruz was to give a keynote.

Initially, Cruz received applause for his opening remarks that the group was one in its defence of Christians, Jews, and “people of good faith who are standing together against those who would persecute and murder those who dare to disagree with their religious teachings”. Yet, things turned sour within minutes. Cruz alleged, “ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, and their state sponsors like Syria and Iran, are all engaged in a vicious genocidal campaign to destroy religious minorities in the Middle East. Sometimes, we’re told not to lump these groups together, but we have to understand their so-called nuances and differences. . . . In 1948, Jews throughout the Middle East faced murder and extermination and fled to the nation of Israel. Today, Christians have no better ally than the Jewish state”.

His audience at the Omni Shoreham Hotel began to boo. At first, Cruz continued undeterred. “Let me say this… those who hate Israel hate America. Those who hate Jews hate Christians”. The booing got louder. Cruz pressed on, adding that his heart “weeps that the men and women here will not stand in solidarity with Jews and Christians alike who are persecuted by radicals who seek to murder them”. IDC President Toufic Baaklini tried to calm the crowd, which appeared to have a divided reaction to Cruz’s words, but by that point Cruz had enough, saying, “I’m saddened to see some here, not everyone, but some here are so consumed with hate (to which someone in the audience shouted, “We aren’t consumed with hate, no, you’re consumed with hate”). If you won’t stand with Israel and Jews, then, I won’t stand with you. Thank you and God bless you”. With that, Cruz walked off stage. Later, Cruz reacted to the event on his Facebook page, “Tonight in Washington should have been a night of unity as we came together for the inaugural event for a group that calls itself ‘In Defense of Christians,’. Instead, it unfortunately deteriorated into a shameful display of bigotry and hatred. Anti-Semitism is a corrosive evil, and it reared its ugly head tonight”.

Baaklini attempted to smooth over the situation, “As Cardinal Rai so eloquently put it to the attendees of the In Defence of Christians’ inaugural Summit gala dinner, ‘At every wedding, there are a few problems’. In this case, a few politically motivated opportunists chose to divide a room that for more than 48 hours sought unity in opposing the shared threat of genocide, faced not only by our Christian brothers and sisters, but our Jewish brothers and sisters and people of all other faiths and all people of good will”.

At its core, Cruz’s problem was one of context. First, he pinned his remarks to the conflict between Israel and Hamas when one of the group’s primary agenda points was actually the plight of Iraqi Christians. Second, Christians are far from a monolithic group, especially when it comes to views on policy on Israel and the Middle East. The American evangelicals Cruz typically addresses tend to be worlds apart historically, culturally, theologically, and politically from the Christian leaders in attendance. Most American evangelicals are likely not even familiar with the Christian leaders gathered at this event, even though the headliners are leading lights in their communities, and also met with President Obama at the White House on Thursday:

  • Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros Cardinal Raï, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and all the East
  • Gregorios III Laham, Melkite Greek Catholic Patirarch of Antioch and all the East, Alexandria, and Jerusalem
  • Ignatius Youssef III Younan, Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and all the East
  • Aram I Keshishian, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia of the Armenian Apostolic Church
  • Metropolitan Joseph Al-Zehlawi, Archbishop of New York and all North America for the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
  • Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria
  • Ibrahim Ibrahim, Bishop Emeritus of Chaldean Eparchy of Saint Thomas the Apostle.

Whether or not Cruz meant to rile up the crowd to rally his base, or whether it was all just a giant mistake is hard to parse. Whatever the case, it caused quite a stir. James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute and another speaker at IDC’s conference, calls Cruz’s performance “bizarre” yet “expected”, saying, “Like most other blind ideologues on the far right, he cared not a bit for the reality and the sensitivities of Middle East Christians. If policy makers want to help Christians, they’d first listen to them, before they try to lecture them. Having an ‘I love Israel, and I don’t care about the rest of the Arab World’ mindset may work in US politics, but it’s why we’re in the mess we are in across the region”. Baaklini, the IDC president, said that the incident only serves as a reminder that unity, especially among diverse Christian groups, is still needed, noting, “Tonight’s events make clearer than ever, that In Defence of Christians is desperately needed in a world that remains divided to the point where even the most fundamental value of life and human dignity are cast aside. We remain undaunted and focused on achieving our goals”.

11 September 2014

Elizabeth Dias

Time

http://time.com/3328063/ted-cruz-booed-israel-christian-middle-east/

Editor:

The Evangelical/Mormon/Pentecostalist sectarians call themselves “Christian”… I’d argue that such isn’t so and we shouldn’t allow them to usurp the title. They do nothing that real Christians do… they don’t abstain… they don’t go to confession… they don’t have liturgies… they don’t bless objects or things… they don’t have any sense of the holy, holy places, or holiness. They misuse a (bowdlerised) Scripture, they proselytise amongst Christians (indeed, they don’t consider us Christians… the arrogance and the cheek of it all!), and they’re the willing foot-soldiers of the Far Right in the USA.

Note that he lumps together ISIS and Syria… when the Syrian government opposes ISIS and fights it! He lumps together Iran and ISIS, when Iran opposes ISIS! ISIS are radical Sunnis, whilst the Iranians are Shi’a. That’s not only obliviousness… its sheer stupidity… its rank ignorance, coming from someone who doesn’t know the first thing about the region, its people, or its ancient religious faith. Note well that he just stormed forward without any real preparation or care for his audience.

Of course, Cruz bumbled through it… he didn’t prepare himself, even though there are many Orthodox Christians from Texas who could’ve helped him. No… the arrogant bastard came to insult us and to score political points off those that he doesn’t consider Christians. I’d say to this posturing sack o’ shit, “Your conventicles have been in existence for only about 200 years, and some for even less than that. You arrogantly presume to lecture those of us whose Churches literally reach back to the Upper Room in an unbroken institutional history. It was the disgraceful performance of a spoilt toddler. America has nothing at all to teach the world… it’s no better or no worse than anyone else is. Your state of Texas is the Bloody Assizes of the world, with one of the highest rates of judicial executions in the world… and you presume to lecture us. Tsar Aleksandr routinely pardoned all death sentences, save for those of crimes against the state (and he pardoned some of them, too). He was a true conservative, unlike a posturing Hard Right radical like you, sir. I stand against you in all particulars, but most of all I oppose your arrogant hijacking of the high title of ‘Christian’. You aren’t such and I say such to your face. No one who believes in Evangelicalism, Pentecostalism, Mormonism, or any other of the Radical American Sects is a Christian”.

That’s that…

BMD

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