Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

3 May 2016. Rod Dreher Wrote More Unhinged Immature Bullshit About Orthodoxy

Vasili Ostrovsky. The Russian Market. Satan Reigns There. 2004

The Russian Market: Satan Reigns There

Vasili Ostrovsky

2004

THIS is the real centre of Dreher’s ideology… like all “conservatives”, he’s an advocate of Piranha Casino Crapitalism… with its godless worship of Money, Power, and Greed

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Rod Dreher wrote some more unhinged rubbish on the so-called American Conservative. Of course, he parades about as an “expert”, which he isn’t. Firstly, he isn’t a mainstream Orthodox Christian… he belongs to a tiny “Western Rite” mission… which means that his faith life isn’t in line with most real Orthodox Christian believers. Secondly, he keeps questionable company… he pals around with disgraced hierarchs such as Jerome Shaw and Jonas Paffhausen. Thirdly, he belongs to the Antichristian “conservative” movement… an ideology which is demonic to the bone in its defence of unbridled Greed, the satanic Free Market, godless warmongering, and “individualist” anti-state lunacies.

He maunders about how “hard” Orthodoxy is. That’s twaddle. Salvation is a gift that God freely offers all of us… My yoke is easy and my burthen is light. He had the gall to compare Orthodox practise to military training… which it’s not, emphatically not. It was the usual konvertsy brat paean to akrivia (strictness). I, on the other hand, am always amazed at how simple Orthodoxy is… it’s not hard… it’s not an endurance contest… it’s not an obstacle course. Listen to the Easter sermon of St John Chrysostom and note well that the konvertsy hate it. In our parish, we have an arrogant young konvertsy priest who’s always pridefully telling people that if they don’t come to services “frequently”, he’ll deny them communion… in the midst of the service, to all comers… I’ve never seen the like, to be frank.

Dreher and this young priest come from the same mouldy piece of cloth. They hate the Church’s traditional stance of oikonomia and forgiveness. They “know better”, dontcha know… makes you sick, doesn’t it? Dreher’s Christ isn’t the one that the Church teaches… there’s not a trace of Christ’s compassion and longsuffering kindness in Dreher’s life, writing, or faith practise. Shall he grow up and become a real Orthodox Christian? God willing… but he won’t as long as he continues in promoting Antichristian “conservatism”. His Holiness Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev is friends with Comrade Fidel and Comrade Zyuganov, not “conservative” phoneys like Dreher. I think that His Holiness has the right idea…

We must be vigilant… the Evil One has many wiles… one of which is to masquerade as a zealous Christian. Have a care with the spiritually immature like Dreher… or you’ll end in the ditch alongside him! Don’t hate such impostors, but do oppose them. God wills it…

BMD

Monday, 2 May 2016

Easter Greetings from Comrade Zyuganov… The Bright Resurrection: A Holiday Celebrating Goodness, Justice, and Dignity, and the Unity of All Who Work in the Name of These Unfading Ideals

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I sincerely and heartily greet you on the Day of Resurrection! For two millennia, this holiday celebrated the triumph of life over the decay, of light over darkness, of loyalty over betrayal, bringing together all people of goodwill. For our country, after two decades of violated dignity, we now see that it’s regained respect and credibility on the world stage, this holiday is a sign of hope for revival and prosperity.

Our country’s foundations lay on pillars that shaped its history for a millennium, creating a vast country stretching from the Baltic to the Pacific, creating a Russian inheritance from the Black Sea to the white expanse of the Arctic Ocean. The most salient pillar is a strong state, without which we couldn’t survive in the midst of such vast spaces. Our historical experience shows us that only a centralised, prudent, and perceptive authority is capable of melding this huge space into a single state sovereignty, to successfully face greedy invaders eager for our riches. However, the pillar of spirituality is no less important, as it undergirds our sense of patriotism and of our selfless loyalty to the Motherland. Spirituality nourishes our warriors, the defenders of our sovereignty; it inspires our authors, inventors, and creators. The next highest ideal is justice, which is a primordial feeling in every Russian. A society that doesn’t respect this principle isn’t respected; it’s unsustainable, doomed to discord and strife. Without justice, without respect to the working class, despite our endeavours and talents, we’d find it impossible to face our current challenges and threats.

We won all of our achievements and victories only due to the fact that these traits are timeless traits of our Russian and Soviet civilisation. This sense of oneness and joint effort helped us to face brutal invasions and restore devastated lands, to create a mighty science,  a spiritualised literature, and elevated arts. This year, it isn’t coincidental that the brilliant celebration of the Resurrection fell on the Red Unity Day of all working people, whose labours create everything necessary for life and work, whose podvigs* defended the country in wars and struggles. It was only possible by uniting our honest intentions, true words, and selfless deeds.

  • Podvig: Should NEVER be “Englished”… one of the most powerful words in the Russian language. There are literally no English equivalents strong enough. Podvig has overtones of “epic”, “heroic”, “bravery”, “self-sacrifice”, “victory”, “effort”, and “triumph”. It’s best to leave it as is, and admit that English lacks the necessary material to give meaning to this word.

In less than six months, we’ll have elections to the highest legislative body in Russia… the RF Gosduma. Let’s be mindful of how important it is to have true and unmercenary people in all bodies, since Russia has already exhausted the storehouse of good gained from our glorious heroic past. We should choose the sort of people who, in the words of Apostle St Paul, “don’t hide by employing idle talk”, to whom we can entrust with establishing just laws in our difficult times. We should elect those who give us confidence in the future, who find their inspiration in justice and spirituality, who place the people’s interests above all. The welfare of the people is the highest interest of the State and of the Motherland.

In this bright and blooming month of May, we’ll celebrate another anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. We still recall how the celebrations in honour of the anniversary of the Victory and the Marches of the Immortal Regiment in Russia and in foreign countries moved us, and how we saw the enthusiasm in Sevastopol and the Crimea on their reunification with the Motherland. Symbolically, on 9 May 1944, the Red Army liberated Khersones Tavrichesky (where Christianity came to Russia) and the Hero City of Sevastopol, exactly one year before the final defeat of fascism and the Great Victory. This year’s parade, with us holding the portraits of those gone into eternity, will occur on soil that’s once-again Russian. On that day, the kids in the Crimea will send thousands of paper “Victory Ships” floating in the Black Sea. “Seven feet under your keel” to heroic Sevastopol and the victorious Crimea!

The words of the poet and philosopher A S Khomyakov spoke of the resurgent “life of the spirit, the spirit of life” of our Motherland, saying of our Rodina’s bright inheritance:

Keep to our integral heritage

Despite the high cost of just affairs;

Preserve our age-old holy brotherhood,

Love its life-giving chalice,

With faith keep its brilliant wealth

In truth, with unsoiled justice.

The Spirit sanctified all of you,

Your heart heard Heaven’s voice,

In the coming days, life has in store

Yet new glories and wonders!

To the feast of the Resurrection of Christ!

To the May Day holiday!

I wish happiness, accomplishment, and the joy of blessed labour to all Orthodox Christians! Peace and prosperity to all people in the world!

30 April 2016

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Head of the KPRF faction in the RF Gosduma

Chairman of the TsK KPRF

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KPRF official website

https://kprf.ru/party-live/cknews/154580.html

2 May 2016. Our Church Has MUCH to Answer For…

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I may not be able to say all I think, but I’m not going to say anything I don’t think.

Eugene V Debs

I saw this on FB:

In years past, I’d acknowledge Orthodox Easter. I don’t anymore, because that faith caused a lot of harm to my family and to me. It was Pascha 1995 that my marriage ended, and it led to the end of my family. One week from today will make the 21st anniversary I saw my children for the last time, and one of those kids I’ll never ever see again in this lifetime. I know a few of you are Eastern Orthodox. That said, I’m so glad Melanie Jula Sakoda knows my story. Like it or not, I saw the underside of religious faith during the time I was in that church. I can’t blame people for being sceptical about religion.

Timothy John Forbes

I can’t fault the poster… not at all. There’s a dirty little reality in our Church. In the American diaspora, where we’re only a tiny minority of less than 1 percent of the population, the Church apparat and crank clergy get away with murder because we’re too small to excite media attention. The Catholics got widespread media coverage of their misdeeds as they make up 22 percent of the American population (about 70 million adherents) and “Evangelicals” love reports about lurid Catholic doings (false or true… it doesn’t matter). We’re only about 1 million adherents in all Orthodox bodies (I’m counting warm bodies that actually darken a church’s door… not ethnic populations)… that’s less than 0.3 percent of the population. The media doesn’t give a shit about such a miniscule number… except when it can use it to make a lurid headline (“One Million Signatures on Anti-Target Petition!”).

There have been many victims. There was Eric Iliff and Kristi Koumentakos… to name two that I know of personally. There are more… too many more. The apparat knows that it can attack with impunity, as no one in the media or state apparatus cares (they know that Orthodoxy in the USA is so small that it lurks “under the radar”). Look at the recent Storheim case… Storheim’s shyster mouthpiece mercilessly attacked the plaintiffs’ sanity. That was fine by the apparat and the hyperclericalists.

What compounds this is that many of the recent konvertsy hate the Church’s traditional stance of oikonomia towards people who fail to meet this-or-that rule. These arrogant brats demand akrivia (strictness) in all cases, and if the person leaves us, “Well, you see that they weren’t serious, were they? They refused to heed just correction!” Our Church is in the danger of becoming an “Evangelical” conventicle with only a slight veneer of Orthodox liturgy (and that bowdlerised and distorted by konvertsy fancies and peculiarities). I don’t call this group KKKs (Krazy Konvert Konventicles) for nought. They combine literalness towards the canons (combined with fancies of their own devising) with fanatical devotion to fringe rightwing fantasies. Such people abet and enable crank clergy with their fawning obeisance towards clerical misdoings (do note their fanatical devotion to the equivocal figures of Seraphim Rose and Jonas Paffhausen).

We’re in danger. Shall we survive this demonic attack? I don’t know… I truly don’t. However, there’s one thing that I do know. I bow in sincere apology to the Iliff, Koumentakos, Patico, and Forbes families… “If the Church hurt you, we all hurt you. I ask for your forgiveness”. I bow before all the victims and their people. It may not be much, but not all Orthodox Christians are responsible for the current reprehensible situation.

Remember Eric Iliff… he didn’t die in vain…

BMD

Sunday, 1 May 2016

1 May 2016. We Kept Vigil and Waited… HE CAME! Христосъ воскресе! Вотистинну воскресе!

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Last night we kept holy vigil in the darkened church… then… HE CAME! Remember, this season is the centre of the Christian Year for a reason. If Christ be not risen from the dead, your faith is in vain… I testify that it isn’t…

Христосъ воскресе!

Воистинну воскресе!

BMD

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