Voices from Russia

Thursday, 25 January 2018

White Evangelicals, This is Why People Are Through With You

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Dear White Evangelicals:

I need to tell you something… people have had it with you. They’re done. They want nothing to do with you any longer and here’s why. They see your hypocrisy, your inconsistency, your incredibly selective mercy, and your thinly veiled supremacy. For eight years, they watched you relentlessly demonise a black President; a man faithfully married for 26 years; a doting father and husband without a hint of moral scandal or the slightest whiff of infidelity. They watched you deny his personal faith convictions, argue his birthplace, and assail his character… all without cause or evidence. They saw you brandish Scriptures to malign him and use the laziest of racial stereotypes in criticising him.

And through it all, White Evangelicals… you never once suggested that God placed him where he was, you never publicly offered prayers for him and his family, you never welcomed him to your Christian Universities, you never gave him the benefit of the doubt in any instance, you never spoke of offering him forgiveness or mercy, your evangelists never publicly thanked God for his leadership, your pastors never took to the pulpit to offer solidarity with him, you never made any effort to affirm his humanity or show the love of Jesus to him in any quantifiable measure. You violently opposed him at every single turn… without offering a single ounce of the grace you claim as the heart of your faith tradition. You jettisoned Jesus as you dispensed damnation on him.

Yet, today, you openly give a “mulligan” to a white Republican man so riddled with depravity, so littered with extramarital affairs, so unapologetically vile, with such a vast resume of moral filth… that the mind boggles. The change in you is unmistakable. It’s been an astonishing conversion to behold… a being born again. With him, you suddenly find religion. With him, you’re now willing to offer full absolution. With him, all is forgiven without repentance or admission. With him, you’re suddenly able to see some invisible, deeply buried heart. With him, sin has become unimportant, compassion no longer a requirement. With him, you see only Providence.

White Evangelicals, all those people who’ve had it with you… they see it all clearly. They recognise the toxic source of your duality. They see that pigmentation and party are your sole deities. They see that you aren’t interested in perpetuating the love of God or emulating the heart of Jesus. They see that you aren’t burdened to love the least, to be agents of compassion, or to care for your Muslim, gay, African, female, or poor neighbours as yourself. They see that all you’re interested in doing is making a God in your own ivory image and demanding that the world bow down to it. They recognise this all about white Republican Jesus… not dark-skinned Jesus of Nazareth.

I know you don’t realise it, but you’re digging your own grave in these days; the grave of your very faith tradition. Your willingness to align yourself with cruelty is a costly marriage. Yes, you’ve gained a Supreme Court seat, a few months with the Presidency as a mouthpiece, and the cheap high of temporary power… but you’ve lost a lot more. You’ve lost an audience with millions of wise decent good-hearted faithful people with eyes to see this ugliness. You’ve lost any moral high ground or spiritual authority with a generation. You’ve lost any semblance of Christlikeness. You’ve lost the plot. Most of all, you’ve lost your soul.

I know it’s likely you’ll dismiss these words. The fact that you’ve even made your bed with such malevolence shows how far gone you are and how insulated you are from the reality in front of you. However, I had to at least try to reach you. It’s what Jesus would do. Maybe, you need to read what he said again… if he still matters to you:

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Gospel according to St Matthew 5.3-16

24 January 2018

John Pavlovitz

Stuff That Needs To Be Said

https://johnpavlovitz.com/2018/01/24/white-evangelicals-people/

The West Doesn’t Realise How Moderate Vladimir Putin Really Is

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Putin is a Moderate. The Western portrayal of President Putin as a dangerous extremist is a lie; this narrative can only persist so long as people aren’t educated about the real Russia, and it results from profound hypocrisy. Hypocrisy distinguishes the politics of our age. Wherever you look, the hypocrisy of Western politics is far-reaching. The West supports wars in the Middle East that kill millions, yet they call themselves “humanitarian superpowers”… Russia allowed the Crimean people to reunite with their ancestral homeland, with less than ten deaths, but somehow Russia is rebuilding the “axis of evil”.

To understand how one can falsely portray a truly moderate statesman like Putin as a radical, we must first understand how hypocrisy and split personality distorts one’s view of Russia. Hypocrisy created madness in the West, an almost schizophrenic split personality took root within the western soul. The Western split personality complex engendered the two heads of the Western Establishment… Neoconservatives and Neoliberals. Together they form a Diarchy (rule of two) present in Western governments… perhaps, the Latin synonym Duumvirate better describes it. This split personality influences how they view reality.

Take for example their portrayal of Russia. The West misrepresents Russia in two primary ways. The first is as a toothless bear, a weak anaemic regional power nostalgic for old glory, incapable of letting go. Overall, a nation not unlike a destitute widow after the death of a great and powerful man, as Gogol described in Taras Bulba the Cossack lands of what we call the Ukraine. This simply isn’t reality. The second is as a dangerous bear, an Empire terrible and strong, ready to subject the world beneath the boot of an Imperialist, Fascist, Totalitarian, Communist, Soviet, and Russian Orthodox Tsar. If the West doesn’t “do something” (the most terrifying words any Third World country can hear), there wouldn’t be a free power in the world that couldn’t kneel to the Tsar of Moscow. That statement is contradictory, primarily with the first image, but also with itself. You can’t be a Communist, or a Fascist, or an Orthodox Tsarist for that matter, all at once.

Whilst the above examples are mutable to a degree, those are the prevailing stereotypes about Russia. They serve two primary purposes:

  • The portrayal of Russia as a declining power reduces panic when undesirable, for example, when the Deep State feels comfortable with their position in society, and wish to promote their leadership as strong and stabilising. It also reinforces overall pride and morale in the West. Neoliberals favour this.
  • The portrayal of Russia as a resurgent terrifying Eastern horde on the verge of world dominance empowers the Military Industrial Complex, allows for increased military spending, and justifies both sabre-rattling and adventurism, satisfying the warmongers. Neocons favour this.

How does this split personality view Putin? Primarily, Western pundits view Putin in a similar light, though the dichotomy between two extreme portrayals isn’t so clear… it’s fuzzier… but to them, he’s simply an Extremist. They can’t place him firmly on any end of the spectrum. Typically, you’re a Moderate if you don’t conform to the extremes. At one moment, they call him a neo-Communist, nostalgic for Soviet power one moment, then, immediately compare him to the Russian tsars, saying that he practically wants to create a Russian Orthodox Theocracy and rebuild the Russian Empire. Then, they compare him to Hitler, which is perhaps the most despicable and deplorable thing you can call a Russian. To Russians, “Nazi” is the worst pejorative. His young brother died when the Nazis laid siege to Leningrad, one of the MILLLIONS killed in that city. You should show some humanity before you make such an insult to the entire Russian nation.

All of those ideologies are incompatible… you can’t be a Russian Orthodox Fascist Communist Statist Tsarist Bolshevik all at once. Such ignorance, a true lack of knowledge, to throw these terms around so easily in the same sentence proves those who do so fail to understand Russia and Putin. It also reveals the West is more interested in name-calling than in serious dialogue. I dare you to point up one instance where Putin insulted a Western leader in the same way as he is, to call them the most abhorrent of things… a Nazi. Now that we’ve explored the falsehoods and hypocrisy, what is Putin?

The Truth:

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is a devout Orthodox Christian and the President of the Russian Federation. That’s all. Truly, no one has the right to apply a label to him that he didn’t ask for. We’d all do well to stop viewing people as Conservatives, Liberals, Monarchists, Socialists, Easterners, and Westerners, and simply see each other as Humans. Russian Orthodoxy, Putin’s religion, teaches that God created all of us in His image and likeness; as a result, we must respect every person’s dignity, even our worst enemy. By longstanding Cossack tradition, we must first respect others as free men, before we can have any dealings with them. This lack of mutual respect and understanding is a major roadblock in Russian relations with the West. Do note that Russia doesn’t show such disrespect. In conclusion, I’d like to offer a perspective. Given how Putin has portrayed himself by his actions and words, perhaps, the best label to apply (if such a thing is necessary) is that Putin is a Moderate.

Putin the Moderate

What is a Moderate? Simply put, someone who exists between two extremes. Various groups place Putin at either radical end, both to criticise him and even to praise him. For example, American socialists, liberals, and progressives view him as authoritarian, possibly a misogynistic Far Right dictator. It’d surprise them to realise he leads a country FAR more socialist than America is. Russia has government-funded universal healthcare for all citizens, free education even at university level for those accepted, and a strong heritage of women’s rights (first woman in space, long paid maternity leave, etc.) He shows no signs of wanting to end any of that; actually, he’s quite proud of those things.

Western conservatives stuck in the Cold War view him as a “Commie”, a socialist KGB agent trying to restore the USSR and destroy the “moral” West. If only they knew, Russia is PROFOUNDLY more religious than the West is… beyond compare. Russia is a country of millions of martyrs, and Putin prays sincerely in the Russian Orthodox way, a faith far more ancient than the Western Protestant sects are, with a direct line of succession to the first-century church described in the Acts of the Apostles. Putin is aware of this; he met with the leader of Syrian Christians, the Patriarch of Antioch, and took a keen interest in defending Syria particularly because of a shared Orthodox faith.

A good instance of Western misunderstanding is when they jumped on Putin’s recent comment about Lenin’s body and Orthodox relics. The implication was that Putin implied that Lenin’s body on Red Square is just as holy as the relics of an Orthodox Saint. It isn’t my right to speak for Putin, but it’s clear to me this was a misunderstanding, perhaps due to poor understanding of the Russian language by non-native speakers. Having heard it myself, I can say his comment’s connotation was more like, “What the communists did with Lenin’s body isn’t an unheard of concept, we Orthodox venerate saints. They just stole an ancient Russian tradition and hoped no one noticed”. That’s a paraphrase, but I believe it better explains what he said than the English translation.

Putin was right to make such a comparison. I don’t say that Lenin’s body is equal to that of the Saints, certainly not! However, the Bolsheviks copied what the Church did. They were jealous of the Church; they wanted to be the new Church. That’s entirely true. The way they treated Lenin’s body was, indeed, a form of mimicking and mockery of holy relics. The Bolsheviks took the approach, “If you can’t beat them, join them”. They even studied Orthodoxy to uncover means of self-promotion. Rather than destroying its role in Russia, they merely usurped it as a central ideology. Whereas before we had cross processions, now we marched with Lenin pictures. Before, we said, “God Save the Tsar!” Now, we said, “Lenin lived, Lenin Lives, Lenin will live!”

They understood that no people could be without religion or a central ideology. Rather than destroying something that everyone needed, they just replaced Orthodoxy with communism. However, of course, they failed. Orthodoxy is the organic ideology of the Russian people, the Faith that founded Russia; you can never replace it with a pale imitation. That’s why Putin compared communism to Orthodoxy. The communists coveted the fervour Russians have for their faith. They mimicked Orthodoxy because it was familiar to the people, and, in many ways, if it wasn’t for Orthodoxy teaching Russians how to be so loyal to a belief, Communism wouldn’t have been successful.

In many ways, Russian communism and the USSR was more influenced by Orthodoxy than Marxism; the religious zeal with which they received it, the marching and the imperial loyalty to their leaders was all something they learned from Tsarist Russia, not from Marx. It also doesn’t make you a communist or a bad Christian to note, as Putin did, that Orthodoxy and Communist economic theory share some basic common concerns… care for the poor and support for all the peoples of the world. The difference was that communism was materialist whereas Orthodoxy is spiritual.

Contrary to the McCarthyites calling him a communist, the Alt-Right and certain conservative factions are fascinated with Putin as an ultra-macho strongman, what they wish their Western leaders were like. They look to him riding shirtless or shooting guns, his judo skills, they enviously lust for his strength, wishing they had it within them. These people look to the “anti-gay law” in Russia as proof that Putin is a “tough white heterosexual man” putting the world back in its place and women back in the kitchen.

Obviously, Putin is white and heterosexual, you’d have to be crazy to say he isn’t tough, but he doesn’t support their extremist borderline fascist view of the world. Putin is Orthodox both in the sense of his religion and his very conservative non-alternative lifestyle; he’s a traditional Russian man, not an edgy Alt-Righter living in his mother’s basement who can’t get a girlfriend. He exudes the philosophy “Talk softly but carry a big stick”. He doesn’t feel the need to remind people he’s tough… everyone knows that. He’d MUCH prefer solving issues with dialogue than with fighting, even though he is capable of the latter if need be, much like his country.

When Russians think of him, they picture him well-dressed (not riding a bear shirtless), leading the country in a responsible, ethical, and diplomatic manner. Putin is an old-school statesman… a modern Caesar, Peter the Great, or even Churchill (with regards to his iconic association with leading his homeland). He respects the past, takes what was good, rejects what was bad, and tries to make Russia strong in a responsible way. He’s the definition of diplomatic. As much as many of us hate Political Correctness, he IS Politically Correct inasmuch as he does his best not to offend any foreign leaders. Putin’s a statesman, he puts Russia first, above his personal feelings and ambitions; everything that he does, he does selflessly for the nation. The so-called “anti-gay laws” simply prevent homosexuals from soliciting minors either directly or indirectly. Putin doesn’t support violence against gay people.

Putin is strong in the fight against terror. He helped Syrians save their country, raining down fire and destruction upon terrorists, and he led the Russian forces when they flattened Grozny (the Chechen capital). He also led the country that REBUILT Grozny into one of Russia’s most beautiful newest cities. He doesn’t oppose all Muslims, only violent extremists. Muslims fight in the Russian armed services and Putin has allowed children from Syria to return to Russia freely. He won’t tolerate cynics who claim infants and toddlers are terrorists just as he won’t tolerate any terrorist stupid enough to attack Russia.

He’s a practising Orthodox Christian of good faith, he speaks of the Church’s crucial role in Russia, but he doesn’t support a theocracy. For that matter, neither does the Church. Putin also meets leaders of other religions. He’s a devout Orthodox Christian, so he honours the leading role of Orthodoxy in Russian history and culture, but that’s it. The West constantly portrays him as an ultra-conservative that wants to become tsar, but that isn’t reality. The reality is that Russia has far more extreme political views to the left and right of Putin. You have people who think he isn’t conservative enough, then, of course, we have the leftists… I don’t mean the mythical liberal unicorns; I mean the communists, the primary leftist party in Russia. The West doesn’t realise how moderate Putin really is.

He’s criticised the Bolsheviks, he isn’t a communist by any means, but at the same time, he doesn’t label communists evil people. Some Communists were evil, some were good, some were in-between; from a religious point of view, capitalism is also a satanic ideology, it promotes the worship of money just as Communism seeks utopia without God. Both are materialistic, and Putin neither loves nor hates either system.

Putin once told Oliver Stone that judo taught him to be flexible… this is one of his defining characteristics. For better or worse, Russia is a country of extremes, and Putin is a flexible moderate at heart, bringing people together, doing his best not to alienate any large group, trying to help build “Sobornaya Rossiya”, a united Russia. Russia had so many extremes come and go in the last century; Putin tries to be a stabilising constant to help the nation stand firm in trying times. Putin actually sits in the middle of a spectrum of extremes, a peacemaker with the rare gift of calling all to order for the greater good of Russia. Those that wish for him to lose the election should be careful what they wish for, the result they get may be more than they bargained for.

Russian Westernising liberals are largely unicorns, they don’t exist, and when they do, they aren’t popular. An alternative to Putin wouldn’t likely be Pro-Western… the West would actually get to see a real Russian Communist, tsar, or authoritarian. For instance, Zhirinovsky describes himself as the “drum” to Putin’s “cello”. He represents those who actually think Putin is too restrained, that he isn’t tough enough. That may surprise you, but it’s true. Some Russians believe Russia should’ve actively intervened with its military in the Ukraine. Let’s face it, Ukrainians aren’t friends… they’re family. Russia’s family is being slaughtered in the Ukraine… yes… primarily by other Ukrainians, but this wouldn’t have happened if Western-backed fascists hadn’t taken power.

Zhirinovsky advocated intervention and occupation to restore legitimate Ukrainian rule before the fascist Kiev regime took power in what the first East Slavic Chronicles call “The Mother of Russian Cities”… Kiev. Likewise, some Russians wanted to see Russia’s military take the fight to the enemy on the ground in Syria, which could’ve potentially risked conflict with US forces occupying territory there. The Communist party also wanted Russia to do more to save Russian-Ukrainian people from fascist occupation. If Zhirinovsky or a communist candidate was President, Russia could’ve occupied all the Ukraine or be fighting a war in the heart of Europe. Russia and the Ukraine are twins, as a result, they both have a tendency to be a land of extremes. The difference is Putin, who kept the extreme ends of Russia from tearing each other apart, like what’s happening in the Ukraine.

Putin’s Russia is an incredibly diverse country. Unlike the West, were the only real variety approved by the Deep State is Neoconservatism or Neoliberalism, where the Right and Left are all the same on core issues where it counts, Russia truly offers diversity. Many diverse ideologies coexist in Russia, unlike in the West, which claims to be the capital of diversity. Russia truly offers divergent and profoundly different worldviews. For those who believe the Russian media is all the same, look at Tsargrad, Komsmopolskaya Pravda, Pravoslavie.ru, RIA Novosti, Radio Mayak, Vesti, Sputnik, and RT, not to mention the plethora of openly anti-Kremlin websites which exist like Radio Svoboda [the CIA propaganda mouthpiece where Victor Potapov treacherously laboured against the Rodina for many years: editor]. If people only knew how many anti-patriotic and anti-Russian Fifth Columns the state allows to operate freely. This doesn’t include pro-Russian and anti-Russian news from the Ukraine. Putin’s Russia is ideologically and politically far more diverse than most places; it’s run by a Moderate who welcomes dialogue, not an extremist who wishes to silence all dissenting voices.

Putin’s a Moderate… he saved Syria from destruction, got the legitimate government back on its feet, then, handed over the reins, and said, “Take it from here”. He’s a Moderate… he reunited the Crimea with Russia, but left the Donbass to fight for itself, providing only humanitarian aid and fully supporting the Minsk agreements. Whether or not it’s right or wrong, his actions may have prevented a greater war. Putin’s a moderate… he’s miraculously and flexibly reconciled almost all aspects of Russian society, getting them to work together. Under Putin, for the first time, Communist leaders said, “Christ is Risen” on Easter. Under Putin, the Crimea reunited with Russia and he saved Syria without provoking a dangerous war with another great power. Putin’s a Moderate… he encouraged all ideologies in Russia to collaborate patriotically for the common good, setting aside their profound differences. Putin’s work was to stabilise Russia after centuries of storms, to help lead her into the future, so future generations of Russians will be safe and strong. Then, Russians will choose whether to pursue for Russia a Monarchist, Communist, Traditionalist, Leftist, or whatever future. Because of Putin, they may build something entirely new. Therefore, we should call Putin a Moderate… it seems to fit.

Above all, Putin is a statesman who stands for the country’s stability. He knows Orthodoxy’s importance as Russian culture’s foundation, as a faith that suffered along with the people since the beginning. He’s an Orthodox Christian of genuine faith and the lawful president with the people’s support.

24 January 2018

Nick Ivanov

Russia Feed      

http://russiafeed.com/west-doesnt-realize-how-moderate-vladimir-putin-really-is/

The Death of Christianity in the USA

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Editor:

This is a real read n’ heed… reflect on the fact that the semi-converted like Stephen Damick and Rod Dreher want to bring this garbage amongst us and they want to ally us with anti-Christian Evangelical sectarian slimers. Evangelicalism isn’t Christian… it denies the Eucharist and the Church… that ends the discussion for me. Be kind to your Evangelical neighbours, but don’t even consider their ideology… it isn’t Christian, it never was, and it’s incapable of being such ever. Have a care; the times aren’t good…

BMD

Christianity has died in the hands of Evangelicals. Evangelicalism ceased being a religious faith tradition following Jesus’ teachings concerning justice for the betterment of humanity when it made a Faustian bargain for the sake of political influence. The ambitions of Trumpish flimflammers (who sold their souls for expediency) murdered the beauty of the gospel message of love, of peace, and of fraternity. We need no greater proof of the death of Christianity than the rush to defend a child molester in order to maintain a majority in the US Senate.

Evangelicals constructed an exclusive interpretation that fuses and confuses white supremacy with salvation. Only those from the dominant culture, along with their supposed inferiors who with colonised minds embrace assimilation, can achieve salvation. However, their salvation damns Jesus. To save Jesus from those claiming to be his heirs, we must wrench him from the hands of those who use him as a façade from which to hide their phobias… their fear of blacks, their fear of the undocumented, their fear of Muslims, their fear of everything queer.

Evangelicalism has ceased to be a faith perspective rooted in Jesus the Christ and has become a political movement whose beliefs repudiate all that Jesus advocated. A message of hate permeates their pronouncements, evident in sulphurous proclamations like the Nashville Statement, which elevates centuries of sexual dysfunctionalism since the days of Augustine by imposing them upon Holy Writ. They condemn as sin those who express love outside the Evangelical anti-body straight jacket.

Evangelicalism’s unholy marriage to the Prosperity Gospel justifies multi-millionaire bilkers wearing holy vestments made of sheep’s clothing who discovered being profiteers rather than prophets delivers an earthly security never promised by the One in whose Name they slaughter the hungry, thirsty, naked, and alien amongst them. Christianity at a profit is an abomination before all that is Holy. From their gilded pedestals erected in white centres of wealth and power, they gaslight all to believe they’re being persecuted because of their faith.

Evangelicalism’s embrace of a new age of ignorance blames homosexuality for Harvey’s rage rather than considering the scientific consequences climate change has on the number of increasing storms of greater and greater ferocity. To ignore the damage caused to God’s creation so the few can profit in raping Mother Earth causes celebrations in the fiery pits of Gehenna. Evangelicalism forsakes holding a sexual predator, an adulterer, a liar, and a racist accountable, instead of serving as a shield against those who question POTUS’ immorality because of some warped reincarnation of Cyrus. Laying holy hands upon the incarnation of the very vices Jesus condemned to advance a political agenda… instead of rebuking and chastising in loving prayer… prostitutes the gospel in exchange for the victory of a Supreme Court pick.

Evangelicalism either remained silent or actually supported Charlottesville goose-steppers because they protect their white privilege with the doublespeak of preserving heritage, leading them to equate opponents of fascist movements with the purveyors of hatred. Jesus has yet to recover from the vomiting induced by the Christian defenders of torch-wielding white nationalists calling for “blood-and-soil”. The Evangelicals’ Jesus is satanic, and those who hustle this demon are “false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works”. (Second Epistle of Apostle St Paul to the Corinthians 11.13-15).

You might wonder if my condemnation is too harsh. It isn’t, for the Spirit of the Lord has convicted me to shout from the mountaintop how the hatred and bigotry of those who position themselves as the voice of God in America devour God’s precious children. As a young man, I walked down the sawdust aisle at a Southern Baptist church and gave my heart to Jesus. Besides offering my broken heart, I also gave my mind to understanding God and my arm to procuring God’s call for justice. I always considered myself an Evangelical, but I can no longer allow that political party masquerading as Christianity to tarnish my name. Like many women and men of good will who still struggle to believe, but not in the Evangelical political agenda, I too no longer want or wish to be associated with an ideology responsible for tearing humanity apart. However, if you, dear reader, still cling to a hate-mongering ideology, may I humbly suggest you get saved.

13 November 2017

Miguel de la Torre

Baptist News

https://baptistnews.com/article/death-christianity-u-s

Charles Bausman Betrays Russia for Fascist Ideology: He’s Digging for Cash Under an Alt-Right Mantra

Pepe the Frog is an Alt-Right icon… we can’t afford to let such sorts circulate amongst us… Orthodoxy isn’t “conservative”… it isn’t, it wasn’t, and it never shall be such… thank God! Remember HH… he loves Cuba the Island of Freedom and he always remembers the poor and suffering on every major holiday. You can stand with Stephen Damick (and his Jew-hating pal Bausman) or you can stand with HH… I don’t think that I need tell you where I am!

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Editor:

HEAR, HEAR! Orthodox people… the same bunch that puts out Russian Insider puts out the website Russian Faith. That tells me that Damick et al share Bausman’s rancid anti-Semitism and hate. Don’t access this site. Please… remember that shitbirds of a feather DO flock together. Our bishops should make Damick and his pals repudiate Bausman and his rancid anti-Semitism publicly and without reservation. They should also make Damick et al remove their website from Bausman’s Alt-Right orbit. Otherwise, we’re tolerating Alt-Right fascism… that’s at odds with Christ’s Church and what we believe as Christians. I don’t care if they’re “pro-life”… if they’re Alt-Right they’re noxious anti-lifers of the worst possible sort. We need to make these jabronies walk the line or walk the plank.

BMD

Charles Bausman, the editor of Russia Insider, published an extraordinary article in which he says that he wishes to “break the Jewish taboo”, and in which he appears to single out Jewish people in the West for their supposed particular hostility to Russia. The article appears to put the blame for the present disastrous state of Western-Russian relations on Jewish people in ways that I find both extremely disturbing and frankly concerning. This article comes with an account of Russian history and of Russia’s interactions with Jews and of White Russian attitudes to Jews that is wrong in so many places as to give a fundamentally distorted view of that history. The Duran and Russia Feed published an excellent rebuttal of this article by Dmitri Babich, to which I have little to add. However, I do want to make one specific point.

The core of Charles Bausman’s article is a list of well-known media personalities in the USA and Britain who take strongly hostile positions against President Putin and the Russian government and who happen to have Jewish backgrounds. Producing a list of individuals in this way however seriously distorts the nature of the Western media’s hostility to Russia. I follow the mainstream media in the USA and Britain closely, and what’s striking and depressing about it is the uniformity of its hostility to Russia. This hostility extends all the way from what was once called the “left” to what was once called the “right”. It includes both Jews and non-Jews. To the extent that some of the better-known media personalities who in the West write and speak about Russia in the news media happen to have Jewish origins… that’s purely a function of the fact that for well-known cultural and historical reasons journalism is a trade which in the West tends to attract people with Jewish backgrounds.

However, there’s no evidence that Western journalists or media tycoons who aren’t Jewish (the great majority) are any less hostile to President Putin or to the Russian government or to Russia than are those who are Jewish. In Britain, none of the four most stridently anti-Russian newspapers… the London Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Financial Times, and The Guardian… have Jewish proprietors. In the case of the London Times, the proprietor is the Australian/American billionaire publisher and businessman Rupert Murdoch, who’s known to micromanage his newspapers, and who’s extremely hostile to President Putin and to Russia. In the case of the Daily Telegraph, the proprietors are the strongly conservative Barclay brothers, whose background is south London working-class English. In the case of the Financial Times, it’s Nikkei Inc, which is Japanese. The Guardian is an exceptional case, being an independent newspaper funded by a (rapidly dwindling) trust. Its best-known and arguably most strident anti-Russian journalist is Luke Harding, author of such anti-Putin classics as Mafia State and Collusion, who is, however, not Jewish.

Speaking of Britain, in my experience, the two communities within the British establishment that are by far the most resistant to the current anti-Russian wave are academia and especially the legal profession. Again, for well-known cultural and historical reasons Jews are strongly represented in both. By contrast, the most monolithically and ferociously anti-Russian communities within the British establishment are the senior ranks of the military and the intelligence services. Again, for well-known cultural and historical reasons, Jews have little representation in either.

Though I’m less familiar with the composition of the political establishment in the USA, it seems to me that the pattern there is roughly the same. Academia and especially the legal profession, in both of which people with Jewish backgrounds are very numerous, are the most resistant communities within the US establishment to the current wave of anti-Russian hysteria. By contrast, the communities within the US establishment that have most enthusiastically embraced it are the senior ranks of the military and the intelligence services, in neither of which do people of Jewish background appear to be represented to any great degree. Speaking of the intelligence services, so far as I can tell, none of the chiefs of Obama’s intelligence community who in 2016 bought heavily into the Russiagate conspiracy theory… Clapper, Brennan, Comey, and McCabe… are Jewish. Clapper comes from an old military family, Brennan’s background is Irish Catholic, Comey was born a Catholic but is now a Methodist, and McCabe’s name and background (he was born in Hartford CT) suggest strongly that he isn’t Jewish.

European Russophobia has deep historical roots, in Britain and France going back to the 19th-century, in Germany and Poland going back further still. In the case of the USA, Russophobia appears to have taken root at the start of the 20th-century, partly in response to the Russian Revolution, but also as a consequence of the mass immigration to the USA of Europeans who were already Russophobic in their homelands. Jewish people were part of this phenomenon, but they didn’t cause it, aren’t responsible for it now, and we certainly shouldn’t single them out for blame for it. The malignant ideologies of pseudo-liberalism, politically applied post-modernism, and Russophobia, which are the cause of so much harm, don’t have a national, ethnic, or racial origin. They’re disastrous products of this particular stage of Western culture.

Saying otherwise in a publication such as Russia Insider which claims to defend and explain Russia to the people of the West is a particular betrayal, given that during the Second World War tens of millions of Russians laid down their lives in order to save humanity from the appalling consequences of this sort of malign racist thinking, saving the Jewish people of Europe in the process. That’s the true Russia that we seek to defend and explain in our companion site RussiaFeed. Those who argue otherwise are wrong, and they aren’t welcome on The Duran.

18 January 2018

Alexander Mercouris

The Duran

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