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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Orthodox Hieromonk sez Refusal of Medical Treatment is a Sectarian Notion, Not Truly Religious

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On Wednesday, Hieromonk Makary Markish, the head of the internet project Batyushka Online, told us that only sectarians refuse necessary medical treatment, for all traditional religions hold that medical intervention is a good thing. Earlier, the Leninsky Raion Court in Ivanovo granted the Prokuratura’s demand that a blood transfusion for a girl should go ahead despite her father’s refusal on grounds of religious belief. Fr Makary noted:

We don’t need to involve the concept of “religion”. This belief (of the girl’s father: RIA Novosti) isn’t religious, it’s sectarian. It’s an attempt to put people in irons using pseudo-religion. We must rigorously draw a line between religions and sects. Unfortunately, the law hasn’t defined this border yet, although work on it is already in underway. We don’t know what religion the girl’s father professed. However, such a situation arose with the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Their prohibition of medical procedures is one of their tricks to limit human freedom. In Orthodoxy, such a situation is impossible. For us, religious life is a mixture of human earthly life and the Heavenly Kingdom. In this context, we see that medicine is an honourable profession; it benefits both bodily health and the soul’s health. In principle, it simply isn’t contrary to religious beliefs.

18 January 2017

RIA Novosti

https://ria.ru/religion/20170118/1485959458.html

Friday, 24 March 2017

24 March 2017. This is What Passes for “Christianity”… Can You See Why Atheism is On the March?

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Evangelicalism believes in the above, sadly enough. Unfortunately, we have many semi-converted Evangelicals amongst us (including clergy) who’ve brought their heretical notions on ordering society into the Church. We’ll have the devil to pay to root this out… or these demonic ideas will gut the Church and make it a mockery of its Founder and His Ideals. However, they hate “fags”, advocate the death penalty, wave the flag, applaud war in foreign parts, want “prayer” in school, and wave placards demanding the illegalisation of abortion… isn’t that special…

BMD

Sunday, 5 March 2017

5 March 2017. Why All Decent People Must Oppose “Conservatism” With ALL Their Might

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The “conservatives” slobber “religious” rhetoric at every opportunity. They lie. No decent person can support American “conservatism”… it’s a feral and demonic worldview based on greed, hypocrisy, and lust for power. What’s worse is that they garb it in “religious” vesture. That’s blasphemy. You can stand with the heretic Franklin Graham or you can stand with HH… I think that it’s no surprise that I stand with our Holy Patriarch and his stance against “conservative” greedsterism (after all, he did send sincere condolences to the Castro family when his good friend Commandante Fidel died). Orthodoxy has never been “conservative”… it isn’t “conservative”… it shall never be “conservative”. That’s the way of it… as it was, as it is, as it ever shall be! None dare calls it evil… although it is. Mark down well who does support such… they spit in Our Lord Christ’s very face and trample on His icon full-force. “When you did this to the least of these, My brethren, you did it unto Me”… indeed…

BMD

Sunday, 12 February 2017

12 February 2017. The Church Is NOT Rightwing… Konvertsy Rants to the Contrary Notwithstanding

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Rod Dreher (and those of his ideological deformation) claim that the Church and the rightwing are soulmates… natural allies. Nothing could be farther from the truth! Look at the above image and be enlightened. The Church does NOT endorse, teach, or bless the evil spouted by Anglosphere “conservatives”. In particular, it condemns the Free Market that’s at the very centre of “conservative” “thought”. You may follow Archbishop Iakovos Koukouzis or you may follow Pat Buchanan, the author of the racist “Southern Strategy” and the arranger of Reagan’s visit to Bitburg (with its SS graves). Rod Dreher follows Pat Buchanan (and takes Buchanan’s money)… I follow Archbishop Iakovos.

Whom do you follow? You can’t follow both… they’re incompatible. Choose wisely…

BMD

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