Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

US State Department Accused Russia of Violating the Rights of Religious Minorities (Again…)

Scientology’s E-Meter… if this isn’t proof that “there’s a sucker born a minute and two born to take ’em”, I don’t know what is. I don’t cry over cults getting the chop from the authorities… they’re more P T Barnum than C S Lewis… and that’s a fact.

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According to a report published by the US State Department on patterns of religious freedom in the world, Russia has significant restrictions on religious freedom. The report said, “The RF Constitution guarantees freedom of religion; however, other laws restrict this freedom. Some religious groups suffer discrimination; others can ‘t register officially”. The State Department stated that Russia doesn’t have a state religion, but the Russian Orthodox Church (sic) has a dominant position, “giving it a privileged status, along with other traditional religious groups”. In the opinion of the report’s authors, other religious organisations in Russia, in particular, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Scientologists, still face difficulties in registering. In addition, often, the authorities ban their literature. “For most Russians, religious questions aren’t a source of social tension or other problems. However, there are tensions between the majority religions and religious minorities”, the compilers of the State Department report concluded.

14 September 2011

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=42220

Editor’s Note:

We’re supposed to boo-hoo over JWs and Scientologists… they’re cults, NOT religions. If adult nutters want to kill themselves by refusing proper medical treatment, so be it… let them do so. The Russian government is correct when it steps in and overrides nutcase parents, though. Let ‘em howl, I say… save the kid’s life… that’s what’s important. These people are the equivalent of Fred Phelps, Terry Jones, and Harold Camping. To say that they’re fringe lunatics is an understatement… such sorts make all believers look bad (Pat Robertson and Franklin Graham aren’t much better).

The state has the right to preserve order… and Radical Sectarians are Nihilist Anarchists to the bone. If you don’t believe in the Church, you proclaim an anthropocentric and self-absorbed faith. It’s “Me and Jayzuss”… “Jayzuss, my personal saviour”, no doubt about it… and that’s NOT Christian in the least. Remember, Sectarianism requires Anarchy to thrive… and the most vicious form of Anarchy is Nihilistic Libertarianism. It’s not just “Objectivism”… Ayn Rand’s noisome little ideology… it’s also the Prosperity Gospel, the Religious Right, and the Moral Majority sorts (the organisation’s gone, but its sordid ethos lives on). That’s why the Religious Right is brutally Neoliberal and Laissez-Faire. If there were order and justice… why, there’d be no place for them, don’t you see? Order implies structure, which implies hierarchy, which implies the Church, which implies God… and His Truth. Anarchy implies formlessness, which implies cacophony, which implies self-absorption, which implies Satan… and his lies and deceptions. Reflect on this… those who have the name of Jesus most on their lips honour Him the least by their actions.

None dare call it blasphemy.

BMD

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Authorities Banned Rightwing Extremist Nationalist Rally in Lugansk during Patriarch Kirill’s Visit

UNP poster on hoarding says, “Power to the Ukrainians! We are Ukrainians! This is our land!” This party is a minor rightwing splinter group that carries on the racist traditions of the OUN/UPA Nazi collaborators (they’re just like the rightwing Vlasovtsy amongst us)… don’t forget the UPA murdered thousands of Jews, Roma, Poles, and Russians… and these guys want to do the same thing!

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KPU anti-fascist rally, the large red banner reads, “NO Fascism in the Ukraine”; the sign that the fellow’s holding says, “Capitalism brought tragedy to the Ukraine! The way out: A rebirth of a socialist society. DOWN WITH CAPITALISM!” The KPU stands AGAINST the UNP scummers (and their American paymasters)… and it stands FOR the Church… think on that one…

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Vote for the Rightwing Bloc (which included the UNP) in the 2006 regional elections. It only gained 1.87 percent of the national vote and elected no deputies. Ukrainians rejected the hate message of the Neoliberal “conservative” rightwing by huge margins, didn’t they? Reflect on this… the Uniate and “Ukrainian Orthodox” leadership in the USA and Canada supports such slimers (don’t take it out on the rank n’ file… they’re not responsible for their lickspittle bishops and élites).

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Authorities in Lugansk banned the plans of nationalist extremists to fly the largest Ukrainian flag ever when Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias arrives in town. The demonstration organisers reported that local law enforcement heard of plans for the 15 September event, and “banned the gathering at the Taras Shevchenko monument because of the presence in the city of a protected person”, according to the Ukrainian People’s Party (UNP) website. Despite this, Valentin Tkalich, the leader of the UNP in Lugansk, urged “all Ukrainian patriots, all concerned Lugansk citizens, and all those who favour a united Ukrainian National church” to meet at 10.00 EET (08.00 UTC 03.00 EDT 00.00 PDT) on 15 September near the main entrance of Avangard Stadium for a demonstration. The marchers plan to go through the main streets of the city to the Taras Shevchenko monument.

As reported earlier, Patriarch Kirill will arrive on 14 September in Lugansk for a two-day pastoral visit. On Wednesday evening, after his arrival in Lugansk, His Holiness will visit St Vladimir Cathedral, the main church in the city. On Thursday, he will serve Divine Liturgy on Lugansk Theatre Square. Afterwards, the Patriarch will lay flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Heroes of the Great Patriotic War Square and he’ll install the cornerstone for a church in honour of the Mother of God “of Tenderness”.

14 September 2011

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=42225

Editor’s Note:

The UNP is a VERY unrepresentative group of rightwing nutcases… in 2010, the UNP received 0.22 percent of the vote. Reflect well that that “Ukrainian” organisations in the USA and Canada support extremists such as this, as do the American special services. That’s why good Orthodox Christians shouldn’t belong to “Ukrainian Orthodox” parishes, if they can avoid it… such groups are more National than Christian, and they’re indifferentist towards Uniate efforts to seduce Orthodox believers into the Unia. They’re as off the beam as the konvertsy who slobber over Uniates and Old Ritualists… like the Renovationists who blabber about an “Eastern Church” that never was and never shall be (isn’t their blathering about “fearful” traditional Orthodox people just ludicrous?). The Lugansk authorities are showing good sense. It’s a Great Russian town, and they don’t want the local Russkies and Cossacks horsewhipping the nationalists (which would happen in short order, let me tell you) in front of the patriarch. They’re stopping the trouble before it begins… that’s always the ticket, isn’t it?

BMD

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