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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

OCA Buzz… Jillions Out… Brum In… The Golden 400 Still Rule the Roost

It came from Syosset…

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Jillions is out as OCA Chancellor. David Brum AKA “Bishop Daniel” replaces him… a Uniate employee replaced by a former Papist. In short, nothing changed essentially. The Golden 400 still rule, SVS runs amuck, and the parishes will live on in splendid ignorance of what goes on at the OCA centre… Brum is one of the Syosset gang, nothing’s going to change overly much.

Oh, I forgot to mention… I got this from four reliable sources… oca.org hasn’t deigned to post on this yet. That hasn’t changed either.

BMD

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Saturday, 7 July 2018

7 July 2018. Him That Overcomes Will I Make A Pillar

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Lady Godiva: A Righteous Englishwoman

Cloisters Cross (King of the Confessors), walrus ivory, carved by Master Hugo, mid-12th century

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According to a well-known tradition, Lady Godiva was a noblewoman who rode naked through the streets of Coventry, covering her modesty with her long hair. She did this to free the townspeople from the taxation that her husband imposed on them. Although postmodernists doubted this story, we see no reason to doubt the backbone of the tradition, which does date from at least the twelfth century. Of course, we should avoid modern misunderstandings… for example, Coventry was then a settlement of only a few hundred people and not a major city.

Godiva  (in Old English Godgifu) was a popular name, meaning “gift of God”. Lady Godiva was probably a widow when she married Leofric, Earl of Mercia. They had one known son, Aelfgar. Both were generous benefactors to monasteries. In 1043, Leofric founded and endowed a monastery in Coventry on the site of a convent destroyed by the Danes in 1016, Godiva being the moving force behind this act. In the 1050s, her name and her husband’s were on a grant of land to the monastery of St Mary in Worcester and on the endowment of the minster at Stow Mary in Lincolnshire.

 She and her husband are also commemorated as benefactors of other monasteries in Leominster, Chester, Much Wenlock and Evesham. Lady Godiva also gave Coventry a number of works in precious metal by the famous goldsmith Mannig and bequeathed a necklace valued at 100 Marks of silver. Another necklace went to Evesham for the figure of the Virgin accompanying the life-size gold and silver rood she and her husband gave, and St Paul’s Cathedral received a gold-fringed chasuble. She and her husband were among the most generous Old English donors in the last decades before the Norman Conquest.

Wulviva and Godiva (usually held to be Godiva and her sister) gave the manor of Woolhope in Herefordshire, along with four others, to the Cathedral in Hereford before the Norman Conquest. Her signature appears on a charter purportedly given by Thorold of Bucknall to the monastery of Spalding. It is possible that this Thorold, the Sheriff of Lincolnshire, was her brother. Leofric died in 1057, but Lady Godiva lived on, dying sometime between 1066 and 1086. The Domesday survey mentions her as the only Englishwoman to remain a major landholder shortly after the Norman Occupation. There seems little reason to doubt that her grave is with her husband’s in Coventry.

3 July 2018

Archpriest Fr Andrew Phillips

Orthodox England

http://www.events.orthodoxengland.org.uk/lady-godiva-a-righteous-englishwoman/

Saturday, 23 June 2018

23 June 2018. This is Why I Oppose “Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs” Outside of a Purely Religious Venue

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This post isn’t something I generally do, but last night I experienced something no woman should ever have to go through, especially under these circumstances or any other circumstances. I hadn’t planned on telling anyone outside our immediate family, but two months ago we were surprised to find that I was pregnant. After a previous miscarriage, the doctor was monitoring me weekly. Unfortunately, on Tuesday, we found out the baby’s development had stopped and I ultimately would have a miscarriage. My doctor gave me two options… D and C or a prescription medication. I opted for a prescription. Last night, I went to pick up my medication at my local Walgreens only to be denied the prescription I need. I stood at the mercy of this pharmacist explaining my situation in front of my 7-year-old and five customers standing behind only to be denied because of his ethical beliefs. I get it we all have our beliefs. However, what he failed to understand is this isn’t the situation I had hoped for; this isn’t something I wanted. This is something I have zero control over. He has no idea what it’s like to want nothing more than to carry a child to full term and be unable to do so. If you have gone through a miscarriage, you know the pain and emotional roller-coaster it can be. I left Walgreens in tears, ashamed and feeling humiliated by a man who knows nothing of my struggles but feels it’s his right to deny medication prescribed to me by my doctor. I’m unsure where Walgreens draws the lines with their pharmacists, but does this mean he denies women the right to birth control and the morning after pill? What’s the stance with fertility drugs? I share this story because I wish no other women to have to go through something like this at a time when you’re vulnerable and already suffering. I’m left in disbelief on how this can happen. How is this okay? I can’t be the only one who has gone through this.

22 June 2018

Nicole Mone

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In Peoria AZ? Visit this moron and give him a dose of your “ethical beliefs” about his self-righteous control-freak fascist ass… torturing another woman for Republican Jesus in this mighty “land of the free”.    Walgreens: you no longer have my business… apparently, it’s time to research drug-store chain medical harassment of women policies.  

23 June 2018

Rebecca Hosford

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Editor:

This posturing motherfucker loves humiliating people in public:

Brian Hreniuc, PharmD

Walgreens

9040 W Peoria Ave

Peoria AZ 85345-6406

“Sincerely held religious beliefs” only goes so far. I’m a believer; no one can accuse me of hating religion. I’m a Russian Orthodox Christian; I try my best to live a moral and upright life. However, I can’t force my beliefs on others. Not only is this immoral in the secular ethical sense, Our Lord Christ would condemn such a stance, for He never once used coercion or humiliation.

Let me give an example. If a religious body wishes to ban “gay marriages”, well, you might not like it, but that’s within not only their natural right as human beings, it’s their right under the US Constitution. That’s a “sincerely held religious belief”. If you want to roll on the floor or handle snakes, it’s the same thing. However, if you rent out your parish hall to all comers as a banqueting space, well, that’s not “religious”… it’s secular, so, all normal legal standards apply. That is, you can oppose homosexuality from the pulpit… that’s a function of your religion. On the other hand, you can’t deny a gay couple the right to rent your hall for a reception if you rent it to others outside of your parish. The one is a protected religious belief; the other is a normal secular financial transaction, making your hall a venue for celebrations of those outside your group. I find the distinction clear. If you don’t want gays to use your space, you’d have to ban the use of your parish hall as a paid banqueting or meeting venue. I actually would like to see parishes get out of the banqueting/meeting space business. Let’s go back to letting groups such as the Boy/Girl Scouts and the Little League use our space free. That’s being good neighbours. It also protects the parish’s rights under the law.

In this case, the pharmacist was shabby and beyond the pale. If he didn’t want to dispense such drugs, he should’ve never chosen that profession. He didn’t prescribe the drugs nor is he going to use them. He’s only a dispenser. All legitimate ethicists would say that his moral responsibility in this is nil. Dispensing drugs is his job. Full stop. If he doesn’t want to do that, he should find another job. I find this episode disgusting and without any warrant. It totally floors me that such a person expects his employer to defend his action.

WALGREENS DELENDA EST… if they back this poseur. Give ‘em a reasonable chance, but if they support this POS… Kaufft nicht bei Walgreens.

BMD

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