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Monday, 27 August 2012

As John Robles Sees It… Alleged Hostility toward Christians in the USA is Nothing but Far Right Media Manipulation

These are the sort of people that the Family Research Council represents… any questions?

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A recent report issued by Family Research Council and Liberty Institute claims that Christians are under assault in the USA. On the surface, it looks like a seemingly alarming serious survey focusing on human and religious rights abuse. However, scratch the surface, and its hidden agenda and manipulation of facts become obvious. The subject of this report, and its coverage by Fox News and the rightwing media may not exactly fall into the category of “media bias”, but it does fall into the category of bias and the clever promotion of secret agendas and hate. At first glance, it sounds alarming… US Christians under assault: report, and it’d be alarming, were it true. The report in question has the title, The Survey of Religious Hostility in America (not “A” Survey but the “The” Survey), but its deceptive and designed to damage President Obama’s re-election chances and cleverly propagate, amongst other things, intolerance towards religions not deemed “real” by the fanatical religious Far Right in the USA. The “report” wasted no time in attacking Obama and does so on page (i). The following two pages have the aim of impressing and intimidating us with the doubtlessly impressive résumes of the authors, Kelly Shackelford and Tony Perkins, two individuals who’ve made careers of using their government service and positions to advance their narrow intolerant rightwing views. Perkin’s self-avowed goal is to “…affirm and defend the Judeo-Christian values…” the USA is founded on. Being listed as the leader of a hate group is also amongst his credentials… of course, that isn’t mentioned.

The report cited case after case of what it called discrimination against Christians and Christianity, but failed to present all the facts in each case and failed to note that almost every case they mention relates to issues of separation of church and state. This is very important, as it emphasises one of the goals of the organisations in question, and that is the funding and further integration of the state and the “Christian” faith. These people vilify President Putin and Russia because he received the blessing of the Patriarch. They scream about the rights of those who committed an act of religious hatred and intolerance, who desecrated one of the holiest churches of the Orthodox faith. They twist the facts to their own ends and scream, “There’s no separation of Church and State [in Russia]!” For these people, twisting the facts or leaving them out entirely is an art-form.

The report attacks secularism, homosexual rights, abortion, but nowhere does it mention attacks (and even murders) on members of the Muslim Faith, which the authors see as a “Fanatical Religion”. Who authored and funded the “report” is very important, as it shows that the report was crank from its very creation; they designed it to support pre-planned positions and reach false conclusions which were known from its inception. The Family Research Council, or FRC, purports to support “traditional family values”, something few could speak out against, but how they’ve chosen to go about it is questionable; it promotes the intolerance and marginalising of minorities and all other religions, even Orthodoxy, which they view as not being “real”.

According to Right Wing Watch and other watchdog groups, the group lobbies for state-sponsored prayer in schools, state funding for private schooling (a way for whites to avoid desegregated public schools), censorship in libraries, an end to sex education programs in schools, abstinence as the only method of birth control, an end to reproductive freedom, no abortion even in the case of rape or incest, and the right to discriminate against gays and lesbians. Their goals include:

The Liberty Institute claims they advance “the cause of liberty, including religious liberty”. However, they only support those who share their narrow views, the same as those outlined above. An extensive search found no cases where they defended Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, or any other religious group or faith for that matter. The Southern Poverty Law Center lists the Family Research Council as a hate group and its leader Tony Perkins as the leader of a hate group. Equality Matters, an organisation that fights for LGBT rights also has an extensive data base on the FRC, as does Media Matters for America.

In summation, the so-called “report” is another thinly disguised attempt by a hate group promoting intolerance and using some of the same tactics used by white supremacist groups, namely the use of provocations to receive a response they can rally against, the omission of facts, and the claim of reverse discrimination. To understand how the hate groups in the USA used the Christian faith for centuries one must delve into the psychology of the “angry white man”; quite frankly, there isn’t enough space in this column for that. Perhaps, some of their points are valid, and I might even agree with one or two, but a healthy democracy must include separation of Church and State, tolerance for other views and other religions, and protecting minorities. We should never use religion as a cover to promote hate or killing, as the FRC does, as the KKK does, as Jihadists do, even as Hitler did. We, as intelligent citizens of the world in the 21st century, must speak out against intolerance and do what we can to stop the hate. After all, if you believe in a higher power, we are all “God’s children”.

27 August 2012

John Robles

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_08_27/Alleged-hostility-toward-Christians-in-the-far-right-s-manipulation-of-the-US-media/

Editor:

THIS is why the konvertsy culture warriors are going to leave the Church (on their own accord, mind you). They believe in rot like the FRC report. They wanted to ram it down all our throats. However, the Church shook them off. I believe in what HH teaches… “We respect all human choices, including those involving sexual orientation”… compare that to the bombastic pronouncements of Fathausen, Dahulich, and Moriak. The Church has a nuanced and compassionate stance on (for instance) homosexuals. It doesn’t teach the hatred spouted by the konvertsy. Mind you, the Church’s position doesn’t please the extremists in either camp. Yet… there’s nuance and subtlety, NOT hatred and “one size fits all”… as the case of Nikon Mironov proves to all but the slow learners. The Church says, “Let’s sit down and talk”; the konvertsy radicals say, “You’re out of the Church”. I’d say that one of these things is not like the other! The REAL Church is compassionate and listens… the phoney-baloney konvertsy are full of prelest and affectation, and strike before one can speak. Well… which one do you want to be associated with? It’s your choice, after all…

BMD

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27 August 2012. Ginny’s Gone According to Buzz From a Friendly Priest… Matusiak’s Back… Looks Like the New Boss Looks Just Like the Old Boss

I’ll do it mañana… you really don’t need to know anything, anyway. Yes sir, things are back to “normal”… Matusiak’s back… 

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Guess what? Ginny’s gone! Yep… whilst all the rest of us were enjoying the summer, Lil’ Mizz Ginny either jumped ship or was given le sabot. I got this from a friendly priest through a Cabinet member:

Ginny Nieuwsma has been gone from running Syosset’s news for over two months now.  Not Nieuwsma’s fault… it’s Fr John Matusiak’s.

Note well that Lyonyo, Jillions, and Matusiak didn’t feel that this was important enough to share with you. If the Parma Sobor gets off the ground, I’ll predict that it won’t go in the direction that the Syossetites want. Live and learn, I say! I DON’T know everything… that’s why I got the Cabinet, kids… remember, nothing important is EVER a solo enterprise. That’s why we NEED the church… it ain’t “me n’ Jayzuss”, and if someone wants to invoke that, well, run in the opposite direction as fast as you can (if you do, you might run into me, and I’ll give you a pull off the jug)…

BMD

Update from the Loggia:

Just heard this whisper:

About Ginny… she was JP’s pal, so I heard that she got the boot… no one’s talking much about it, though…

That means that the stage is set for a real Donnybrook… the konvertsy think that they own the Church and its future here. It’s not just JP… he was only a “symptom”. There’s two months until the Sobor… and a lot can happen…

BMD

Richard III’s Remains may be Under Car Park

A Portrait of King Richard III

Unknown Artist

late 16th century

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The Shakespeare play Richard III is one of the most popular on the English stage. At its centre is the domineering terrifying figure of the hunchback king. Today, archaeologists hope they’ve found the body of the real King Richard. Still, the medieval king isn’t in a very regal resting place. Shakespeare’s Richard III is alive and well, currently playing at the Globe Theatre in London. However, the real king died at the age of just 32. He fell at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. No one ever found his body. Now, a team from the University of Leicester thinks they know where his royal remains may lie… in Leicester town centre, buried deep below the concrete of a council car park.

Richard Buckley, the co-director of the Archaeology Service at the University of Leicester, said, “In the middle of an industrial town, the friary where Richard III is said to have been buried after Battle at Bosworth was long demolished. It disappeared after 1538, when Henry VIII dissolved all the monasteries. That’s where the record suggests where Richard III was buried. Therefore, what we’ve done… we’ve looked at lots of map evidence and we’re doing ground-probing with radar. Then, we’re going to try to dig to see if we can locate the remains of the church buried underneath”.

The consequences of the discovery could re-write history. Philippa Langley certainly hopes so. She’s a member of Richard III Society. On what should be the excavation site, she told me what she really wants from the dig, “For me, it’s actually finding him, because then we can give him a proper resting place to make him a real man. There’re so many fables surrounding him, that he was born with withered arm, that he was two years in mother’s stomach before he was born, and that he was born with hair, teeth, and nails. There’s just so much out there. We just want to roll that back and start painting the true picture of the man”.

State-of-the-art radar technology and DNA analysis will increase the chances of the excavation being a success. However, there’re complications, archaeologist Buckley said, “Although we know that Francisco buried Richard III at a ceremony in the church after Bosworth, when the friary was demolished, we don’t know what happened with the remains, whether they stayed there or… stories were circulating years later which say that his remains were exhumed and thrown in the river. So, hopefully, that isn’t the case and they’re still here”.

“So wise is so young, they say, do never live long!” These prophetic words were lines spoken by King Richard in Shakespeare’s play… as Richard himself didn’t live long. After his death, the King’s reputation was slashed, with Shakespeare as the chief culprit, but this dig could give the King’s reputation a second chance, rescuing him from the terrifying picture drawn by Britain’s best-known playwright.

27 August 2012

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_08_27/Richard-III-s-remains-to-be-found-under-car-park/

27 August 2012. Lil’ Mizz Ginny Asleep at the Switch, Yet Again… oca.org has Nothing on Theft of Bells from Ohio OCA Parish… FOR SHAME!

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Earlier today, I reported on the theft of a set of bells from an OCA parish in Olmsted Falls OH (click here for that post). I’ve no doubt that the rector reported it to both the proper secular and ecclesiastical authorities. This is the sort of item that should run at the top of oca.org… however, it’s not there (I waited all day to give them a chance to post about it). It’s MIA, kids. In short, Lil’ Mizz Ginny Nieuwsma was her usual lazy self. It’s time to “clean house”… she should get le sabot. We need to “kill an admiral from time to time, in order to encourage the others”. This is one of those times. Trust me, if I had this story posted on the website early this morning, Lil’ Mizz Ginny could’ve done the same thing. She didn’t. Professionally (not literally), it’s time to make her walk to the gibbet.

This is a recurring situation… it’s not going to change, so, let’s rid ourselves of this layabout from Fathausen’s coterie. If we don’t, we deserve what we get…

BMD

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