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Monday, 23 August 2010

Republican US Representative Offers Constitutional Amendments to Cancel Automatic Citizenship for Children Born in the US and to End the Federal Income Tax… I Kid You Not

THIS is what the Tea Party wants to do to all those who aren’t “Real Americans”, and that includes US, Orthodox Christians!

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The Christian can’t be satisfied so long as any human activity is either opposed to Christianity or out of connection with Christianity. Christianity must pervade not merely all nations, but also all of human thought.

J. Gesham Machen

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Republican Representative Paul Broun of Georgia won his seat in Congress campaigning as a strict defender of the Constitution. He carries a copy in his pocket and is particularly fond of invoking the Second Amendment right to bear arms. However, it turns out there are parts of the document that he doesn’t care for… lots of them. He wants to get rid of the language about birthright citizenship, federal income taxes, and direct election of senators, amongst others. He would add plenty of stuff, including explicitly authorising castration as punishment for child rapists. This hot-and-cold take on the Constitution is surprisingly common within the GOP; particularly among those like Broun who portray themselves as strict Constitutionalists and who frequently accuse Democrats of twisting the document to serve political aims.

If this doesn’t scare you… it’s a frightening snapshot of the mindset of the Tea Party. They’re nothing but nativist Know-Nothings. It’s why we as Orthodox Christians can have nothing to do with them. They’re American Sectarians through-and-through. Their defining ideology is “Dominion Theology”, which states that the Bible (in its distorted and bowdlerised Proddie recension) trumps all civil law. Orthodox can’t have anything to do with that… our theology speaks of the symphonia of Church and State, each in its proper sphere, each with its own proper laws.

Many American Orthodox have succumbed to the siren song of American Sectarianism. After all, there are MILLIONS of them and only about a million Orthodox all told, of all “flavours”, in the USA. We must recognise that sectarianism is the greatest enemy to Our Lord Christ that exists in our country. Atheism doesn’t even come close to them… secularism is a pale opponent in comparison. A Russian priest wrote to me, “Sectarians use the name of Christ, but they aren’t of Him or in Him. They aren’t Christians, they’re of Satan”. It’s clear that we can have nothing to do with these sorts or their movements. Let me quote Dmitri Anatolyevich Belyukin, People’s Artist of Russia, and Member of the Academy of Fine Arts:

Dmitri Anatolyevich asked, “Did you know that Prince Aleksandr Nevsky had a dilemma? He could go to war against the Horde or against the enemies from the West. Why do you think that he chose to face the latter threat?” The students replied, “Because they wanted to force Russia to convert to their faith!” Dmitri Anatolyevich replied, “The answer is correct, harsh as it is. That is, the Tatars were content with a tribute, they didn’t infringe upon the faith, and they didn’t notice that Igumen Sergei of Radonezh had started to stir up the depths of the Russian land. [The Westerners], on the other hand, wanted to bring their crusade to Russia, which, in many respects, the current popes carry out both covertly and openly. Therefore, it’s even more necessary for all of us to protect Orthodoxy as the mainstay and foundation of the unity of the nation”.

This is true for the Tea Party as well. If you subscribe to any of its tenets, you plunge a knife with full force into the backs of your fellow Orthodox Christians. For instance, it means that you collaborate with the teabaggers’ desire to surround Russia with military bases and hostile states. It means that you approve of the tactics used by Georgia in the late war over South Ossetia… in particular, it means that you approve of the Grad bombardment of sleeping civilians after giving assurances that one’s forces were standing down. My wish is that the shades of all those killed in that dirty little episode haunt all those who support the Tea Party. I hope that they wake up screaming at the scene. God help me, that’s my fervent desire, it might scare some back to the path of righteousness. After all, the main “advisor” on foreign affairs to the McCain/Palin campaign, Randall Schneunemann, was a paid agent of the Georgian government.

Do attend to what Dmitri Anatolyevich said, “[The Westerners], on the other hand, wanted to bring their crusade to Russia, which, in many respects, the current popes carry out both covertly and openly. Therefore, it’s even more necessary for all of us to protect Orthodoxy as the mainstay and foundation of the unity of the nation”. You can’t protect Orthodoxy if you cooperate with those who wish to destroy the rodina. It’s quite that simple. Paffhausen is in bed with the Tea Party… what does that say about him?

It’s time to retake the Church. It shan’t be easy or short. The sectarians have hoodwinked many people. Many of those hoodwinked are clergy. They shan’t accept this at first. Indeed, they’ll angrily reject this thesis (and me), at first. Think on this, Orthodox Christians… when you support the Tea Party you implicitly approve of Sectarianism… and that’s the Devil’s own imitation of Christianity. Meaty reflection, no? Think long and hard before deciding…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Monday 23 August 2010

Albany NY

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