Voices from Russia

Thursday, 15 February 2018

15 February 2018. A Thought from Vladyki Lazar

“Everyone needs to carry their cross”… this reminds me of puffed-up clergy such as Trenham, Paffhausen, Damick, and Reardon… they turn more people away from Christ and His Church than they attract to it… those that they do attract are nutters we’re better off without.

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It isn’t that atheists in the West don’t believe in God; rather, many of them believe in Him, but hate Him. This is because they see the Western God as being “out to get them”. He’s preached as vain and vindictive, looking for an excuse to punish you, while claiming to love you.

Photios Kontoglou

Indeed, God is preached, not only in the West, but by some Orthodox clergy, as being the supreme child-abusing father who pretends to forgive, but actually punishes his own Son in the most hideous manner on behalf of mankind for his own satisfaction. However, punishment and forgiveness are mutually exclusive. You can have one or the other, but not both. Who actually would want to spend eternity in the house of an abusive father?

13 February 2018

Bishop Lazar Puhalo

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15 February 2018. 29 Mass Shootings in 45 Days… If That Isn’t Mass Insanity, What Is It?

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It’s happened again. It’s another mass shooting in the USA. It doesn’t happen in Russia… it doesn’t happen in China… it doesn’t happen in Iran. It doesn’t even happen in Afghanistan or Iraq… that is, non-war-related shooting… most folks have guns, but they’re not for indiscriminate shooting, like in the USA. People don’t shoot you unless there’s a reason… if you’re sneaking about their property at 2 AM, for instance. This chronic dysfunction speaks volumes about our post-Reagan rightwing “paradise”… why, we can’t restrict guns in any way… that’s impinging on people’s “freedom”. Note well that the neoliberals blubber about the “freedom” to own guns, the “freedom” to buy politicians, and the “freedom” to exploit working people (they ARE related), but they’re adamant that people shouldn’t have the freedom to organise in the workplace, the freedom to express themselves openly, or the freedom to access healthcare as a right (not as an expensive privilege).

The Republican Party refuses to act. The Democratic Party refuses to act. Both are in the pay of the NRA. BOTH. If we wanted to put in sensible gun-control norms like they have in Canada, we’d have them. Trust me, rural people and hunters in Canada have guns… that’s legal. It’s simply hard for gun-nutters and freakazoids to get guns, that’s all. You also can’t go about brandishing weapons, either. There are legal rules on transporting weapons, which only makes good sense.

Neoliberal pols refuse to rein in the NRA, both “conservative” and “liberal”… why, there’s gold in them thar hills and Wayne LaPierre is handing it out. That’s why I voted for Bernie in the primary and Dr Jill and Brother Ajamu in the general. We need a new way… the old one is killing us… literally. Oh, yes… the pro-gun nutters are mostly “pro-life”… fancy that…

BMD

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