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Sunday, 29 May 2016

29 May 2016. One of the Things That I Thank God the Most For

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Putin… the New Orthodox Tsar… “He Who Restrains”

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The Abbots of Mount Athos insisted that President V V ‪Putin stand where the Emperor of New Rome stood; they’re right. As a man, Putin is a truly devout ‪Orthodox believer; as a statesman, Vladimir Vladimirovich devotes himself to the security (not physical expansion) of his country. He’s the head of the most powerful Orthodox country. By this, they sent out a powerful message. The Athonite Fathers know what sort of man they look at… the Defender of ‪Holy ‎Orthodoxy.

29 May 2016

This is Christian Syria

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By this, the Athonite Fathers aren’t only making a political statement… they’re making a theological one as well. Only the Christian Emperor can call an Ecumenical Council. No Patriarch can do so… no local synod can do so… no assemblage of bishops, clergy, or lay believers can do so. Only the Christian Emperor can do so according to our practise. Thorough this, I think that the Athonite Fathers commented upon the upcoming “Council”  in Crete (really, nothing but a talk-shop meeting) and about him who called it. If only the Christian Emperor can call a Council, and V V Putin is the current “emperor”, what does that say about the legitimacy of the upcoming meeting? After all, VVP didn’t call it and he’s the only person who can do so, according to our customary usage.

The Mountain speaks… shall we listen? Shall we attend to their advice and standpoint? I think that the MP and its allies shall… they have the Mountain on their side. What does that tell us about the EP and its machinations? Nothing good, I’d warrant…

BMD

29 May 2016. WHEN Must We Oppose Bigotry?

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I saw the following on FB:

I’m SO SICK of people saying they don’t know where the line is with all that PC stuff. I’ll tell you where the fucking line is, are you ready?

WHEN THE THOUGHTS YOU EXPRESS CONTRIBUTE TO PEOPLE BEING REAL-WORLD ATTACKED, KILLED, ABUSED, DEPRIVED OF HUMANITY, AND THE ABILITY TO EARN A LIVING.

THERE IT IS.

NOW, SHUT THE FUCK UP.

There it is… you DO have the right to free speech… yes, you can use “Negro”, “American Indian”, or “Spanish” in place of whatever the current PC-talk is… but you do NOT have the right to issue speech that results in real-world hate and violence. I needn’t belabour the point. I think that all decent people know what I mean without a long discourse. For instance, I’m not totally comfortable with the gay lifestyle or the LGBT “movement”… however, such people have the right to live their lives in peace and to earn a living like everyone else does without fear of harassment or worse. Bigots would have you believe that they speak for “morality” and “social order”. They lie… full stop. You needn’t endorse something to leave people in peace. God will judge us all in the end… such is my belief. He needs no help from me (or from the loud moralists, either). Have a care, the times aren’t good… do take my hand, the darkest portion of the road may be ahead…

BMD

29 May 2016. A Photo Essay… Putin and HH Go to Athos to Mark Millennium of Russian Monasticism on the Mountain

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St Panteleimon Monastery… the Russikon… the seat of Russian monasticism on the Mountain for 1,000 years

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HH and VVP with the Brotherhood of St Panteleimon Monastery… most of them are younger men now

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President Putin standing in a place of honour during services

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HH and VVP on the monastery grounds

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President Putin speaking inside the monastery katholikon

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Greek President Prokopis Pavlopouos and VVP with Athonite fathers

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President Putin and HH went to the Mountain to celebrate the millennium of the Russian presence there. The holy fathers greeted VVP enthusiastically, as they did on his earlier visit in 2005. Methinks that they prefer Russia to the USA in the current imbroglio over the “Ukraine”. It’s also clear that they don’t share the POV of the Washington apparat that Putin is a “peckerwood” (even more reasonable members/former members of the apparat have to repeat that line chapter-and-verse… typical Anglo bullshit, no?). Like it or not, HH and VVP are the leaders of the Orthosphere… most Orthodox (both Oriental and Eastern) accept them as such. It’s the old New Roman duopoly reestablished. Emperor and Patriarch stand together, each in their own sphere, each wielding their own power, holding the other up. The so-called “monarchists” amongst us are chock fulla shit. Vladimir Vladimirovich is a tsar in all but name… labels don’t interest him (he’s the polar opposite of such prancing poseurs as Chilly Hilly and Trump the Chump).

As late as ten years ago, the majority of pilgrims to the Mountain were Greek. Now, Russians make up 50 percent of those coming. The Russikon has built a new guest hostel with 500 beds… Russia has put right the post-1917 disrepair, as the photos testify. It sure looks like that the Pre-Revolutionary situation is returning to the Mountain… that is, the majority of the monks and pilgrims will be Russian in due course. The Phanar has little actual control over the Mountain… it’s clear from the photos what the Mountain thinks of the Centre’s place in Orthodoxy. This wasn’t just celebrating the millennium of Russian monasticism on the Mountain, it was a gambit in the continuing Great Game between the MP and the EP… it sure doesn’t look good for the Phanar from this vantage point…

America hates both VVP and HH and wants to take them down… for they stand in the way of American crapitalist hegemony. I stand with VVP and HH… NOT the Washington/Western media apparat. I’m not alone…

BMD

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