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Friday, 20 October 2017

20 October 2017. What “Conservatism” Brings in Its Wake… Why No Decent Person Can Espouse It

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American Conservatism is one of the more objectively evil and positively destructive ideologies on offer. Destruction hangs like a pall all over the Northeast. The Albany region is the last gasp of the prosperity that “trickles out” from the Boswash Corridor. To the west of us, starting with Amsterdam, it looks like a war took place. A war DID take place. It was a war of the rich against the rest of us. To maximise their personal gain, they closed down vibrant industries and killed numberless communities and brought pain and beggary into millions of homes. They moved industries to compliant Third World countries and to former slaver Southern states in the USA, where they run actual sweatshops. They don’t invest in much of the USA… for that’d mean that they’d have to pay real wages and follow real regulations (even with a weakened regimen, most American regulations aren’t the Oligarch’s Bonanza Paradise of Indonesia, Mexico, and the Cayman Islands or of the neo-Confederate Kleptocracies of Texas and South Carolina).

These people feed upon the people’s misery. They don’t give a good goddamn for their fellow-man. The Republicans amongst them congratulate themselves on their “Pro-Life” stance. Isn’t that satanic and diabolic? They bloat fat on profits earned by sweating American prisoners paid less than Chinese coolie wages (the USA is the world leader in imprisonment), but they bleat about “saving babies”… whilst smiling at drone attacks, proxy wars, the Gitmo Gulag, the DHS Gestapo, and violence from racist police (not all cops are racists… but the rightwing coddles the racists amongst them). None dare call it duplicitous and malevolent…

However, that war isn’t over yet… I repeat… a spectre DOES haunt Mar-a-Lago. Reality WILL take its due.

BMD

Saturday, 29 October 2016

29 October 2016. Stopping Executions is “Bad”… Chopping Off Heads is “Good”… So Says the UN Under US Pressure

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This is what the Church teaches on the death penalty… it always has… it always will. Tsar Aleksandr Aleksandrovich routinely commuted ALL death sentences to ten years at hard labour, except for crimes against the state. Do note that the godless Republican filth don’t do likewise. Vote accordingly…

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The UN Human Rights Council removed Russia, which has had a moratorium on use of the death penalty since 1996. However, Saudi Arabia, a country that executed 157 people in 2015, many of them by decapitation, will remain. Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy in which everything and everyone is the de-facto property or “subject” of the King. They’ll set the agenda for “human rights” at the United Nations. Despicable.

Caleb Maupin

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The Three Stooges… Clinton, Trump, and Johnson… are cosy with the Saudi decapitators and support them. Only Dr Jill and Ajamu oppose them. Is this a question? Vote for the only supporters of human rights and justice… vote Green… just sayin’…

BMD

Saturday, 3 September 2016

3 September 2016. A Note on “Morality”

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Never forget the TRUE Christ… it’ll save you much grief and misdirection…

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I saw the following on FB:

If we can divert a person’s view from suffering in the world towards their own “sinful behaviour”, then, they feel that victory in the moral battle is to stop chewing gum, or drinking beer, or using cusswords, or dressing provocatively. It distracts us from looking at morality in a way that is active and helpful to this world. Morality is more about forgiveness and nonviolence than it is about whitewashing yourself with “perfect behaviour”.

Wendy Francisco

In other words, “conservatives” congratulate themselves on “impeccable” personal behaviour whilst trampling on all others. In short, they embody evil of the most noxious sort. There’s nothing worse than a pseudo-religious prig… nothing. They were the sorts who crucified Our Lord Christ… and thought themselves well justified, at that. We have that sort today… reflect on this whenever you read ANYTHING by John Whiteford, Rod Dreher, or Josiah Trenham. It does shed light on their true character, doesn’t it?

BMD

Saturday, 2 July 2016

2 July 2016. Is There a Gay Agenda? I Think NOT…

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Righties such as Dreher and Whiteford would have you believe that the Church refuses communion to homosexuals. That’s a lie. They’re spouting their unbalanced personal political idiosyncrasies… not the Church’s teaching. The Church takes ALL of us as individuals, not as members of this-or-that group… it considers ALL of us sinners. Do have a care with much posted on the internet, as most isn’t “kosher”, it’s by ungrounded people with no real Church education or experience. We do live in dicey times, kids, so, please, do show caution…

BMD

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If there’s a “Gay Agenda”, then, we must refute it. We must uphold the Doctrine of the Orthodox Church at all cost. However, upholding it shouldn’t entail language of hate, malice, pejorative, or lies. We can state Church doctrine clearly, unequivocally, and directly without ever using terms, words, and expressions that are clearly sinful in themselves. The Ecumenical Councils established Orthodox doctrine; they spoke in the grace of the Holy Spirit.

Some people asked me if I actually thought that there was a “Gay agenda”. No, of course, I don’t believe that. Nor is there any such thing as a “Gay Lifestyle”. That’s just part of the usual rightwing detritus, and few forces in our world today are as fraudulent and evil as rightwingers… i.e., ISIS is a rightwing movement. One of the most dangerous things in our world today is the Rightwing Agenda, especially, its war against the knowledge of and action against global warming and climate change. What do people think that a “lifestyle” consists of, anyway? It encompasses one’s economic status, whether one has an urban or rural lifestyle, whether one has the “lifestyle of the rich and famous” or of the homeless. A lifestyle involves whether one eats out often, what kind of car one drives, if one pays a mortgage or rents an apartment, what kind of job one has, what kind of friends one has, if one is vegetarian, religious, or atheist, if one helps to feed street people, etc. So, to say that there’s a “Gay Lifestyle” is just ideological propaganda, generally laced with hate, fear, malice, and (often enough) a “cover-up” for one’s own shameless “behind the scenes” activities.

We don’t accept same-sex marriages in the Orthodox Church, but many Orthodox communities embrace gay Orthodox Christians with openhearted love and recognition of their humanity. One can’t defend truth with lies nor can one defend the faith with slanders, wilful falsehoods, hate, malice, and anger. I’ve carefully studied more than a hundred careful, well carried out, provable, and repeatable medical/scientific studies that clearly demonstrate that being gay is not a “choice”… only an angry ideologue would add “a lifestyle choice”. Like [transsexuality], this is something that develops in the womb, its present in every studied species of mammal, as well as birds. This doesn’t compel us to alter our Church Doctrine… what it should compel us to do is to stop being just plain old liars. The only thing that I can see that gay people desire is to have full equality under the law… full total equality, not be deprived of their full rights as citizens of a nation, as full complete human beings, who are just as loving, just as compassionate, just as charitable, who give their lives in wars because they are just as patriotic, just as heroic, have just as much valour, humanity and, yes, just as much decency as any other human being in any society, in any nation under the sun.

Whilst I’ll defend Orthodox doctrine to the last breath, I deeply and sincerely believe that hateful homophobia is expressed only and solely by deeply self-hating homosexuals who project their self-loathing out toward others. Let none of these rightwing fanatics accuse me of not upholding Orthodox Christian Doctrine, though being natural liars, I’m sure that some will.

Archbishop Lazar Puhalo

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