Voices from Russia

Monday, 10 July 2017

10 July 2017. A Point to Ponder from Bishop Lazar

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The following encapsulates the evil programme of American neoliberalism (both Republican and Corporate Democrat). Note well that Orthodox konvertsy dance in glee about Trump’s Golden Calf (and call themselves “pro-lifers” to boot)…

To boast of being “pro-life” while acceding to the removal of health care from millions of people, many of whom, children in particular, will die from lack of adequate health care, is surely one of the most gross and egregious hypocrisies of our epoch.

It says it all about the neoliberals (and Orthodox konvertsy), doesn’t it?

BMD

Saturday, 8 July 2017

8 July 2017. A Thought on Healthcare in the Age of Corporatist Bloat

This is from 2012… Obama had many faults, but he (at least) signed the Affordable Care Act (do remember how Hillary (I think intentionally) flubbed it in the 90s)…

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This says it all about Republican compassion and caring… and about the Clintonistas too…

I lay in the hotel room hearing my uncles discuss the price of feed corn and it occurred to me, not once but several times, that I am a fortunate man and thank you, Lord, for Medicare A and B and a good group health policy and for savings to cover any shortfall. The 23 million people who may lose their health insurance in the next few years if Congress does as the man wishes will face some high barriers between them and any sort of eye surgery. This doesn’t come under the heading of Kindness.

Eighty percent of evangelical Christians who cast ballots last fall voted for a man who seems as far from Christian virtues (humility, kindness, patience, etc.) as Hulk Hogan is from the Dalai Lama. These people pray for guidance. So apparently, Jesus got the story wrong. The rich man came to Lazarus who was covered with sores and asked for a tax break, and the rich man was rewarded and Lazarus went to hell. Do unto others as you’re glad they don’t have the means to do unto you.

Remember… the Clintons brought us NAFTA, “welfare reform”, and the repeal of limits on Wall Street. Any ordinary person who voted for Hillary Clinton was a boob, full stop. Upper-Middles? They voted their class interest. They profited under the Clintons the last time and anticipated more good times under Hillary. As for us, they not only don’t give a good goddamn, they never did.

The rest of the article from which I took the excerpt is here.

BMD

Sunday, 28 May 2017

28 May 2017. “By Their Fruits, Ye Shall Know Them…”

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Evangelicalism has produced NOTHING of value in the cultural sphere… unlike Orthodox Russia, which produced F M Dostoyevsky, L I Ivanov, I Ye Repin, N N Ge, P I Tchaikovsky, and A S Pushkin… all who created great art and culture loved throughout the world. Even unbelievers know and love Russian Orthodox choral music for its power and majesty. Evangelicalism has only produced lowbrow schlock, unworthy of any thinking person. By the “fruits” test, we win, they lose, and that’s that. “By their fruits, ye shall know them”… indeed… that’s why we often advise converts to learn how to read Russian. One doesn’t need to speak it… only be able to read it. We don’t say this out of phyletism or national pride… Russian is simply the main language used by Orthodox Christians, and most Orthodox creative work and spiritual discussions are in that language. It also allows people to see the “big picture” and not get sidetracked by outré backwoods voices such as Platina and the Ephraimites in Arizona.

The Orthodox Tree in Russia has given us very sweet fruit, indeed… even unbelievers say so! The American Evangelical Tree has given us nothing but diseased fruit… it’s only fit “to be hewn down and thrown into the fire”. Taste and see for yourself…

BMD

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

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