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Sunday, 11 January 2015

11 January 2015. How Pro-Life is the “Pro-Life Movement?” A Point to REALLY Ponder

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Barbara-Marie Drezhlo. Respect for Life from Beginning to End. 2012

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Barbara-Marie Drezhlo. Now, THAT'S Pro-Life... 2012

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Barbara-Marie Drezhlo. Pro-Life Means... 2012 copy

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I didn’t wake up one day and say, ”I’m gonna have cereal for breakfast and an abortion for lunch”. It was a difficult decision. It was also a decision that I’ve thought about every day for twelve years. It left deep emotional scars. Even though it was the right thing at that time in my life, it wasn’t something I wanted to do. People that stand outside of clinics with those signs are assholes. They aren’t Christian. They screamed at me and made the most difficult day of my life a million times more difficult. I’m not alone, either. I’m sure millions of other women have had the same experience. Therefore, if you’re one of those people holding up pictures of bloody foetuses and screaming “murderer” outside of a clinic, prepare yourself for hell because if you believe it exists, that’s where you’re going.

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I need add nothing. I HATE the Pro-Life Movement as it’s a shameless whore for the US Republican Party… a faction that upholds perpetual warfare in foreign parts, torture, the TSA Gestapo, the Department of Homeland Security Cheka, the enriching of the Affluent Effluent at the expense of the rest of us, the gutting of Social Security, and destroying the social safety net. That’s NOT “Pro-Life”. If you’re in the so-called “Pro-Life Movement”, I oppose you and all of your works, as they go towards upholding an objectively evil political movement, one so evil that it merits the label “demonic” (for no man can serve two masters).

I don’t like abortion… I think that we should do our best to limit it… however, the present Pro-Life Movement is a sham and an imposture, and I’ll have nothing to do with it. By the way, I’m not the only Russian Orthodox person in the USA to feel this way. To oppose the Pro-Life Movement is NOT to endorse abortion. I oppose the hypocritical politicisation of this serious issue and its hijacking by amoral monsters such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Don’t forget how Cruz virtually spat in the face of Arab religious leaders… you want to support such godless sectarian filth? Now, that negates one’s Christianity…

BMD

The entire piece from which I took the excerpt is here.

 

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11 January 2015. My Reply to a Friend on the Level of Police Violence in the USA

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo. NO Police State! 2012

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The violence has escalated since 2001… the Bushies brought in violence on a new level domestically and internationally. The GOP has become a ravening beast… only a disastrous defeat will knock them out. Even if the USA loses in the Ukraine… that won’t be such a defeat. The media will lie to cover the rich man’s mistakes. However, when (not if) the first REAL riot happens in the USA… all bets will be off.

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Most of the coppers that I know are decent guys… however, police are being turned into military stormtroopers by the national security state brought in by the ravening Republican beasts. If you had told the returning soldiers in 1946 that the USA would hold people for years without trial, that the USA would be the most-imprisoned nation in the world, that you’d need a passport to go to Canada, that the USA would torture prisoners in secret overseas prisons, and that government goons (TSA operatives) would physically frisk you before boarding an airplane… they’d tell you that you were crazy… “This is America… it isn’t Nazi Germany!” Indeed… it isn’t Nazi Germany. By the way, only one country fought World War II according to Free Market precepts… Nazi Germany! The USA won because the socialist New Deal harnessed the country’s productive might as greedy Crapitalism never could. Ponder that…

BMD

11 January 2014. Vox Pop on the Church War and Christmas… a “Read n’ Heed”

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I came to the USA from Poland, being from an area next to what are now Slovakia and the Ukraine. The Orthodox Service Books printed in the early 1600s call this area Podkarpatskaya Rus. You can see this name on the first pages of the very oldest Slavonic Service Books printed in Mukačevo. I know my heritage, I know my faith, and I know what I am… I’m “Ruska”, a Russian woman from the Carpathians. My family has always been Orthodox. Always. My great grandparents would go to Yablechno or Pochaev to confess their sins every year when they could. Everyone in Europe knows who we are. It’s only here I’m informed I’m “really” Ukrainian or Ruthenian or Rusyn or whatever. I came to America when in the late 60s, looking for work. Poland needed American dollars. Life wasn’t too restricted in communist Poland. In fact, the communist government defended Orthodox from Roman Catholic persecution all the time. Sometimes, they rebuilt Orthodox Churches, too. Officially, it was because of “cultural value”, but they really helped the Church. I came to America and found work and husband. My husband and I (he was a Pole with a worker’s visa, too) ended up staying here. We found a good Orthodox church in a town nearby and joined it. Life went on.

In 1982, our American Orthodox Church did something even the communists wouldn’t do in Poland. They took on the Roman Catholic calendar. We weren’t happy, but we were able to keep our tradition by going to another church not too far away. Others elsewhere were not so lucky; for almost 25 years, the American Church attacked them. Sometimes, real persecution took place. Again, the communists never did such a thing in Poland or Czechoslovakia! The American Church said we couldn’t have “two Christmases”. It was wrong to keep one as the civil day and the other as a holy day. They always told us that we had to “sanctify” America by using only American Christmas. They showed much animosity against those who couldn’t accept this change.

Then, the White Exile Church and the Moscow Church made peace. They even united. They buried the hatchet. OK. However, now that the two Russian Churches united, what do we see? Every Orthodox Christmas, OCA people fill our churches! Even priests! They come, sing, eat festal foods, and go sing Russian Christmas carols. They keep two Christmases! What they persecuted others for doing for 25 years! It’s outrageous! I want to tell them what I feel! Either go back to the old calendar or go away and “sanctify” 25 December! You don’t have the right to be with us for Orthodox Christmas. You threw it in the garbage… with it you tossed out many of your own brothers! Maybe, you secretly preferred the old calendar? Nevertheless, you did nothing to defend it or defend the people who kept it. You sat on your hands as other people better than you suffered. I can’t forget this. I forgive you, but really, your appearance at our church for Russian Christmas is an insult. You sour my holy day and other people’s too! Go “sanctify” your calendar, please. If not, at least, issue a sincere and heartfelt apology… ask forgiveness from those you hurt. If you can’t do that, you’re not entitled to any Christmas at all!

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Editor:

As I always say, there was a REAL Church War and those who fomented it hurt many people, but the powers-that-be never gave a ruby-red goddamn, as the victims were “little people”. To hell with the First Families, their institutions, and their lies… the sooner that they disappear, the better it’ll be for the rest of us.

But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

Gospel according to St Matthew 18.6

BMD

11 January 2014. Rusins Want OUT of the Ukraine

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Most Rusins want OUT of the Ukraine… interestingly, both Orthodox and Uniates are sick n’ tired of Galician oppression. Most seem to want a federal status in Hungary. They believe that the Magyars would leave them alone, unlike the drooling fascist Galician Uniates, who want to destroy their culture, deny their nationality, and “Galicianise” them. I think that the Galician Uniate fantasy will fall into the cess-pit where it belongs. After all, Yatsenyuk stated that the USSR invaded Nazi Germany… that gives you the measure of these amoral ravening monsters. God willing, the Rusin people will leave the Galician Uniate hell and have peace in Hungary. The real-deal Magyars (not the pro-American running dog neoliberal quislings) have made it clear that they’re welcome (that scares the American global hegemonists shitless).

Where is Fr Dmitri? Is he still under the thumb of the Galician Uniate fascists?

BMD

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