Voices from Russia

Thursday, 6 August 2015

6 August 2015. Stephen Freeman is Wrong in His Approval of Deceptive False Anti-PP Videos on Facebook

00 Cracked Facebook Logo. 26.10.13

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I want to make one thing clear before I make my main point. No, I’m NOT “Pro-Choice”… however, I AM “Pro-Truth” and all priests who propagate lies are cheats and poseurs, and I say such openly. Read this. Stephen Freeman is a konvert priest without a proper Orthodox formation. His initial formation was in heterodox seminary, which means that he thinks in heterodox, NOT Orthodox terms. Furthermore, he’s a former Anglican, with all that implies… branch theory, in particular. He’s running about telling all and sundry on Facebook that the demonstrably false anti-PP videos that are credible. I’ve seen this. If he said such in private conversation, well, that’s one thing. If he said such on his blog, to his limited audience of clueless konvertsy, I wouldn’t mind that either. That’s just par for the course. That’s what that sort does. Leave them be, I say.

However, Facebook is a larger audience. As a priest of the OCA, any statement made by a cleric in good standing endorsing these deceptive videos implies that the OCA (and other Orthodox bodies) endorses these false and lying videos. As a priest incardinated in a diocese of the OCA, Freeman has a duty to confine himself to official Church pronouncements in public mass media or in social networks with a wide distribution. That’s why Reardon’s stunt about marriage licences was wrong… he presumed to make Church policy by his action. In like manner, Freeman is committing the bishops by his inane statements in a mass circulation venue. He should retract his statements and apologise. He did wrong… no priest can make such statements without clearing it with his bishop and with explicit permission. I know for a fact that most bishops are very careful with what their priests say on online social media.

It’s one thing for a laywoman like myself to post this or that… it does NOT commit the Church. In any case, I state explicitly that nothing I write is official Church policy… it’s my POV. Again, as an obvious non-cleric, I don’t think that I confuse anyone. However, Freeman is a priest; thusly, his duty is to keep his mouth shut in social media unless he has his bishop’s EXPLICIT permission. No, that isn’t “fair”, but that’s life in a hierarchical Church.

NO ORTHODOX CHURCH ENDORSES THESE FALSE VIDEOS. That’s what you can put in the bank. As I stated at the outset, I’m “Pro-Truth”. If you endorse lying and deceptive means, it corrupts the desired end, twisting why might have good under other circumstances into evil. Think on that. Freeman didn’t think things through… he should discuss such matters with a bishop or two before posting… it might save him a lot o’ grief. Pass me the jug… the world’s being gnarly again…

BMD

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

7 April 2015. FACEBOOK FUCKS UP!!! Persecutes Orthodox Clergy For “Not Using Legal Names”

Filed under: computers & cyberworld — 01varvara @ 00.00
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00 Cracked Facebook Logo. 26.10.13

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One of my fave Russkie bands, Lyube, doing The Red Army is the Strongest… a real kick-ass anthem

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It’s SICK… Facebook is causing grief for clergy and monastics… claiming that they’re not using their “legal names”. Most of us need only give a driver licence number… but some sick bastard is causing trouble because priests are calling themselves “Fr”… that’s WEIRD. Facebook is persecuting Fr Tryphon (of the coffee-roasting monks up in Washington State) and Fr John Whiteford (yes, I know that he’s an asshat… but Facebook is in the wrong, and that’s that).

I wonder if it’s Galician Uniate nationalists… they’re causing trouble for those they label as Russian Orthodox clergy (more so as their cause is going down the shitter). Crazy world, ain’t it? Stand up for our guys… even if they’re idiots. That’s what family is all about… blood IS thicker than water… post this on your Facebook page.

SPEAK UP LIKE FREE MEN AND WOMEN OR SIT DOWN LIKE ABJECT SLAVES!

(I’m handing out the AKs, machetes, coshes, axe-handles, and RPGs out back to all interested parties)

‘Nuff said.

BMD

Monday, 24 November 2014

24 November 2014. “Free Metropolitan Jonah” Saga Continues

00 Popping the Bubble

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Got this from the Cabinet:

On the Free Metropolitan Jonah Facebook page:

OK, I can’t change this so… This is Anthony Brandon Simmons, something’s messed up and I can’t post as myself. Anyway, I’m back from my trip, and first, WOW! 373 likes! That’s amazing guys. Second, People keep posting on here as if Metropolitan Jonah made this page, or checks this page. He didn’t make it, and as far as I know, he doesn’t check it. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t need our support however. Thanks for all the likes, we’re gonna try to get some real things going soon.

WOW… 373 likes… out of 115,000 estimated adherents in the OCA. The two biggest groups in the OCA are Alaska Natives and Old School po-nashemu ethnics. I doubt that many of the “likes” came from them. On top of that, the Syosset apparat headed by Lyonyo and the SVS Mafia want nothing to do with him. That’s not to mention that his “ass is grass” in NEPA and the Midwest. The loudmouthed konvertsy are less than 10 percent of the OCA, but they’re the most strident element and the largest group on the internet.

My personal belief is that Potapov and Webster blessed those who ginned up this perversity… to give Fatso deniability. Ponder this… Fatso has NO cred at the Centre, if he did have even the smallest amount of tread, he’d have his release to the ROCOR. Fathausen is pals with the Blunder… but the Blunder isn’t as influential as the konvertsy and heterodox want to believe. When Fats surfaced in Moscow, V A Chaplin and Varsоnofy Sudakov were no-shows. Chew on this… Mollard got a medal from HH on his very first visit… HH has NEVER given Fats a Church decoration. When Fats visited Moscow last, HH was handing out awards (the main honoree was Polar explorer A N Chilingarov). Fats got nothing… he didn’t even get a cardboard box. In short, this Facebook page is beginning to look like the usual konvertsy Much Ado About Nothing. Don’t give it much mind… let it die a natural death. DON’T FEED THE TROLLS! Crank world, ain’t it?

BMD

Saturday, 22 November 2014

22 November 2014. More Cabinet Vox Pop on Fatso…

01 +Jonah and the Whale cartoon

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Just got this in from one of the Cabinet:

I surely can’t be the only person to find a great deal of humour in JP calling his Facebook page Free Metropolitan Jonah. Given that he’s about the size of a whale, it puts me in mind of “Free Willy”.

This requires no comment from me… it DOES take all kinds…

BMD

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