Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Pope Francisco Attacks “Savage Capitalism”

00 Free Market Trickle Down Economics at Work. 15.05.13

HH AGREES with Pope Francisco… their words are similar, no? Reflect on this… all too many priests here in the American diaspora suck up to the Affluent Effluent (or the merely comfortable, that’s how miserable our clergy have become). HH and the Pope of Rome don’t agree with them. It’s simple… you can stand with Pope Francisco and HH, or, you can stand with Victor Potapov, James Paffhausen, Chad Hatfield, Patrick Henry Reardon, and Rod Dreher. It’s your choice…

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Sean Hannity… the greatest Catholic in America by his own estimation… probably feels like his head’s about to explode. There’s a crosier-carrying communist behind the wheel of the Popemobile. Considering comments by Pope Francisco yesterday, particularly in the wake of his criticism of “savage capitalism” earlier this year… there’s really no other way the nut jobs on the right can spin it. Francisco is channelling Lenin. According to Reuters, the Pope chucked prepared remarks yesterday at a meeting in Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia, and spoke from the heart to a crowd of 20,000 unemployed workers, “including miners in hard hats”. His change of plans came about after he spoke to three unemployed individuals, including the married father of three, who told Francisco that joblessness “oppresses you and wears you out to the depths of your soul”. Francisco responded with real feeling, “I find suffering here. It weakens you and robs you of hope. Excuse me if I use strong words, but where there’s no work, there’s no dignity”.

Later, the Pope celebrated mass in front of 300,000 outside the cathedral in Cagliari and told listeners, “We don’t want this globalised economic system which does us so much harm. Men and women have to be at the centre (of an economic system) as God wants, not money”. Today, unemployment across the island of Sardinia stands at 20 percent, but Francisco said that the problem is worldwide, “the consequence of a world choice, of an economic system that brings about this tragedy, an economic system that has at its centre an idol which is called money”. Of course, Pope Francisco’s Marxist tendencies were in evidence before. As bishop of Buenos Aires, he “sided with unemployed workers in their conflict with government austerity plans, [and] ended his improvised speech [on Sunday] with a prayer asking God to ‘give us work and teach us to fight for work’”.

His comments yesterday only prove what the right must have already suspected. The red banner will soon fly over the Vatican! According to reports in The Guardian, Pope Francico hit out at “unbridled capitalism” this past May. He called for ethical reforms in the financial system to create a more humane society. At the time, Francisco said, “We’ve created new idols. The worship of the golden calf of old has found a new and heartless image in the cult of money and the dictatorship of an economy which is faceless and lacking any truly humane goal”. Calling what we have now “savage capitalism”, Pope Francisco insisted that growing inequality in society was caused by “ideologies which uphold the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation, and thus deny the right of control to states, which are themselves charged with providing for the common good”. The Pope also noted last July that a “culture of selfishness” was widening the gap between rich and poor. Then, he called for greater efforts to fight hunger and poverty.

Of course, in Tea Party circles, where the faithful wear WWTD bracelets (What Would Ted Do) in honour of Senator Ted Cruz, these could be classed as “fighting words”. In any case, we now have a leader of the Catholic Church who might argue that raising the minimum wage is just… who might say that limiting executive pay at top American companies (now equal to that of 327 ordinary workers) and pouring some of the excess into other workers’ pockets makes more sense… that insuring needy individual have access to health care is both humane and just. Or, as the crazies on the right might put it… Francisco is nothing more than a Marxist in a mitre. Really, Senator Cruz, just think about it. What was Jesus up to when he gave away all those loaves and fishes?

23 September 2013

John Viall

Addicting Info

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/09/23/pope-francis-attacks-savage-capitalism/

 

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Gay NY Opera Protesters Promise More Sour Notes for Russian Performers

00 Gay Rights Protests. temper tantrum. 25.09.13

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Gay rights protesters who raised their voices and disrupted the start of the New York Metropolitan Opera’s Russocentric opening night gala on Monday were singing victory on Tuesday, and planning new ways to pressure high-profile Russian performers to speak out against their country’s controversial legislation on homosexuality. Duncan Osborne, one of the protesters and a member of Queer Nation NY, a New York-based group that works to end discrimination against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, said, “As we continue to press Russian artists who come to the USA, and as we continue to pressure Russian public figures who come to the USA, I think we’ll begin to see folks in Russia begin to question the wisdom of this law they have passed”.

The season-opening gala is a cornerstone event for New York society and opera enthusiasts. However, the performance of Yevgeni Onegin, written by famed Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, and performed by two Russian stars, was a tempting target for protesters. The Monday night gay rights protest was aimed at world-famous Russian opera diva Anna Netrebko and renowned Russian conductor Valery Gergiev, both were headlining the opera at the Met and both are supporters of President Vladimir Putin. Patrons in black ties and sequined evening gowns were greeted outside the venue by what Queer Nation NY says was an estimated 150-200 chanting protesters passing out flyers, rainbow pins and holding a giant rainbow flag that’s come to symbolise the gay rights movement.

Osborne said, “We wanted Netrebko and Gergiev to hear from us. We think they’re important voices in Russia and we think it’s morally incumbent upon them to speak out and oppose what the Russian government is doing. I was one of the four people who were inside the theatre. I’m the person who yelled, ‘Anna, your silence is killing Russian gays! Valery, your silence is killing Russian gays’”. Ken Kidd, another member of Queer Nation NY who took part in the protest, estimated it lasted about three minutes, saying, “Once security nabbed him, I jumped up… and I started bellowing, ‘Putin. Stop. End Your War on Russian Gays!’ over and over and over again. Because security was focused on Duncan… it took a very long time for them to regroup and come get me, so I enjoyed quite a bit of time making our point”.

The point, protesters said, was to challenge a controversial law signed by Putin earlier this year banning the promotion of non-traditional relationships to minors. The Kremlin maintains that the law doesn’t prevent adults from making their own choices and its aim is to protect children; critics claim that the legislation is part of a much wider crackdown on Russia’s LGBT community. Kidd said, “The Russian Ambassador was there last night, and I’m sure that through him and probably plenty of others, Putin personally got an earful and directly heard Duncan’s and my voice. Imagine the impact Netrebko would have if she used her influence and celebrity and those same three minutes to say the same thing to Putin”.

In an email to RIA-Novosti, the Met dismissed the impact of the protest. Press manager Sam Neuman said, “The disruption last night consisted of two people seated in the family circle who chanted an anti-Putin message for approximately 45 seconds before the performance began. The ushers asked them to leave and they did, along with their two companions. This was before the performance happened and any artists were onstage, so I’m not even sure they were aware”. Neuman later told RIA-Novosti that Gergiev conducted the US National Anthem immediately before the protest began, which Queer Nation said was music to its ears. Osborne said, “Many LGBT Russians who aren’t powerful people, who aren’t wealthy people, spoke out against these laws, and if those people can do it, Anna Netrebko and Valery Gergiev can do it as well”.

Duncan said that other Russian performers and political figures can expect to hear from protesters at a broad range of upcoming events in the USA, including the Moscow City Ballet, scheduled to perform in New York in December, and conductor Yuri Temirkanov, scheduled to perform along with the St Petersburg Philharmonic at New York’s Carnegie Hall in February. Osborne said, “We’re also looking for opportunities to confront the Russian ambassador here in the USA. He obviously is an appointee of Putin, and I assume is going to be someone who is going to be supportive. So, we wouldn’t be looking to him to speak out. We would be looking to condemn him for his support of these laws and for his government’s support of these laws”. The Russian Embassy in Washington declined a request for comment from RIA-Novosti.

The Met protest is the latest in a string of protests over the legislation, including a push to boycott Russian vodka and other products, as well as the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, concerns about the Miss Universe pageant scheduled to take place in Moscow in November, even a call from the American Kennel Club to move the 2016 World Dog Show out of Russia. Protesters say that they’re already seeing signs of success, including public comments on the issue from Putin and US President Barack Obama, attention from the International Olympic Committee, and QueerFest2013, an LGBT festival taking place in Russia this week aimed at promoting tolerance. Osborne said, “It’s notable to me that they were visited by the police, and the police came and left, so to my knowledge the Russian government has opted to leave that festival alone, which means the government understands it’s being watched, and it is being much more careful in the actions that it takes”. He added that ultimate success would only come with the repeal of Russia’s homosexual law.

25 September 2013

Maria Young

RIA-Novosti

http://www.en.rian.ru/world/20130925/183705945/Gay-NY-Opera-Protesters-Promise-More-Sour-Notes-for-Russian-Performers.html

Editor’s Note:

What are these guys smokin’? It’s goodass weed, for sure, and I want some. Let’s keep it simple. VVP isn’t going to bow to any pressure from organised gays. He’s not Barack Obama. When he says “nyet”, he means it, and it’s the end of the story. Gays are free to follow their lifestyle in Russia… however, the law states that they can’t suborn kids. Let me clue you in on something… most of the gays are satisfied that their orientation is no longer criminalised. Most gays know the boundaries, and know that if they stay within them, they can count on the law being on their side, Putin said as much recently. These protests are counterproductive… but they’ll continue, just you watch. It’s not going to amount to a mouse fart in a hurricane, but the protests will continue, as the protestors (and their enablers in Western media, academe, and politics) will get such massive “warm n’ fuzzies” from hating Russians.

Russian Orthodox people here should take notice. The zapadniki don’t like us, they never did, and they think that we’re inferior to them in all ways. We should be wary of both the “conservatives” and “liberals”… both groups wish to use us, neither group gives a damn for our culture, civilisation, and faith. We should remember that our true spiritual and inner homeland is the Orthosphere… even though we live here. These protests should remind us that this isn’t our “permanent city”… not only in a theological sense, but in the secular sense as well. Let’s remember who we are…

BMD  

The KPRF Proposed a Commission in St Petersburg to Regulate Allocation of Land for New Churches

00 28.09.12. KPRF on religion

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At a meeting on Wednesday, Konstantin Smirnov, a member of the KPRF bloc in the Legislative Assembly of St Petersburg, proposed the creation of a commission that would deal with questions that arise over the allocation of real estate parcels for the construction of new places of worship. In his view, at present, there are serious attacks on Orthodoxy and on other religions. At the same time, he thinks that agitation by various LGBT organisations creates tension in society. He said, “We need to establish such a commission due to the fact that the city has so many flashpoints, there’s much tension. Communists believe that there’s a need for the establishment of places of worship, but on the other hand, we must follow the law, and we must look after the interests of the citizens. Concerned private citizens should aid the committees of the St Petersburg municipal government; already, people from all political factions offered their service to aid us in this work”.

25 September 2013

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=52762

Editor’s Note:

I wonder if Victor Potapov (of “Radio Liberty” fame), Rod Dreher (late of the National Review), James Paffhausen (wannabe at the American Enterprise Institute), and Alexander Webster (apologist for American aggresion and stink-tanker) are going to publicise how the commies of today HELP the Church, and do so more willingly and efficaciously than any American “conservative” does. Yes… I do wonder if they would… don’t hold your breath waiting… it isn’t healthy…

BMD

 

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