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Thursday, 16 February 2017

16 February 2017. The Spirit of Giving Lasts All Year Long

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The Spirit of Christmas lasts all year long… if it doesn’t, there’s something wrong and you need to attend to it. “I was hungry and you gave me meat”… not “only the strong survive”. Think on that whenever you hear any “conservative” bloviation… especially, those labelled “Christian”. Keep this in mind as you hear the hateful godless rants of Mike Pence. Yes, kids, there are those WORSE than Donald Trump is…

BMD 

Sunday, 5 February 2017

You Don’t March for Life

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Editor:

No, I’m not “pro-abortion”… but this article encapsulates what I believe about the so-called “pro-life” movement. I find most “pro-lifers” hypocrites and poseurs. They vote AGAINST all forms of state social welfare and then vote to criminalise those who “fall between the cracks”. They blame the victims. I find that un-Christian and without defence. If you “march for life”, you should also march for single-payer healthcare, a strong pension system, and a generous unemployment/welfare scheme… if not, you’re a liar and a scoundrel, and I’ll call you such to your face.

BMD

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To those participating in the March For Life:

First of all, good for you. Raise your voices, express your concerns, gather, make signs, do your thing. I won’t call you names. I respect your right to do this, and I respect your conviction. Second, be clear with your cause. You don’t march for life. You march for the birth of a foetus. Think about this:

At what age does this life stop mattering to you?

When it’s in the womb, you cry for it, you fight for it, you empathise with it, and you march for it. When it becomes one month old, you hope the mother supports it, feeds it, and nurtures it. However, you don’t support the mother in this endeavour. You think she should “work hard”, “pull herself up by the bootstraps”, and get by on her $7.25/hr minimum wage job. You vote for those who block legislation to protect its mother from violence, from making the same wage as men, from getting basic healthcare, from getting food stamps and support to care for it.

When it becomes 6 years old, you hope there’s a public school around to teach it. Nevertheless, you vote for those who don’t want to fund public schools. You vote for those who believe our schools are “flushed with cash” yet somehow failing. The wealthier kids that live by it are able to go to different schools, but this foetus is stuck at an overcrowded and underfunded public school, so it falls behind in reading and math. You feel bad for it, but you don’t march for it. You mostly blame its single mother for not doing more to be involved in its schooling. “She should do homework with it. She should read to it more. Maybe she should get it a tutor”. Nonetheless, she works two jobs but she’s barely getting by.

Now, it’s 14 years old. It just had its first experience with a boy. It’s not sure if it was safe with this boy and it thinks it needs to go see a doctor. However, it’s scared, and it’s embarrassed, and it doesn’t want to get in trouble with mom. Therefore, it looks for a Planned Parenthood in its area, but they’ve all been shut down. But you feel no sympathy for it anymore. It’s now a slut to you. It should have made better choices, been more Christian. It’s no longer worthy of your support, and you do not march for it. Because you‘re not marching for life. You’re marching for religion and righteousness, and oppressing women with your outdated views of how they should behave.

Therefore, it gets no prenatal care. It goes on living for the next three months wearing baggy sweatshirts and hoping no one notices. When its mom finally does notice she tells it to get an abortion, because they don’t have the money to support another it, and because it is still a child trying to go to school and have a life. Again, you don’t march for this life. You voted to make abortion illegal and you feel good, you feel “right with God” because you saved another foetus.

This time it was given up for adoption. It joins more than 400,000 children in the US foster care system. If it is lucky, it’ll only spend the average three years in foster care. If it’s lucky, it won’t fall into the 78 percent of foster care children who experience some form of abuse. If it’s lucky, it won’t be one of the 80 percent of imprisoned people who spent some time in the foster care system. If it’s lucky, it’ll be one of the 50 percent of foster kids that graduate high school by the age of 18. If it’s lucky, it’ll be one of the 9 percent of former foster care kids that earn a bachelor’s degree. If it’s lucky, it’ll be adopted before it turns 18 and is thrown out onto the streets to fend for itself. However, you don’t march for those lives.

Now, it’s 18. It jumped from foster home to foster home. It doesn’t have a family. It’s depressed, emotionally damaged. It needs help. It could use some healthcare, but obviously, can’t afford it. It could use a job, but has no clothes and nowhere to stay. You avoid it on the streets, taking the long route to your car hoping it doesn’t stop you to ask for some change. You wish it would go somewhere else, anywhere but your neighbourhood. It gets too hungry. It turns to sex work because it’s the only option it has. It starts using drugs to numb the pain of this sex work. However, you don’t march for this life. This life is a burden on society to you. This life is un-Christian, unworthy of your tax dollars. This life should get its act together, overcome all odds, and become a self-made it just like your granddaddy. However, when this life has a new it inside of it, again you will march.

 26 January 2017

Courtney Hood

Medium.com

https://medium.com/@crh2/you-dont-march-for-life-321e1a0bb349#.cr34ycqj1

Editor:

Hate me for posting this. GO AHEAD. The hate of the haters is a blessing… it means that I’m on the right road. Our Lord Christ didn’t die and rise from the tomb to bring in a fascist order that coddles the well-off and cocksure at the expense of their poorer and more vulnerable fellows. As Our Lord said, “They have their reward”…

By the way… Patriarch Kirill is NOT saying that illegalisation of abortion is the Church’s teaching. Several Gosduma deputies called V R Legoida on the carpet, and the upshot of it is that the Church would be happy with regulation and restrictions on abortion. HH’s statement was a bargaining chip… don’t listen to ignorant rightwing Yahoos like Jesse Dominick… he’s just a gofer flunky for Shevkunov. Some things are much less than they appear to be.

BMD

Monday, 2 January 2017

2 January 2017. American “Pro-Lifers”… How Can Such Pro-Death People Call Themselves Such?

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Look at the above… it illustrates the priorities of the leftist Scottish government and the priorities of the rightwing régime in Westminster. One can see similar priorities in the USA. The rightwing rants about “pro-life”, but is pro-capital punishment, pro-war, pro-militarised police, pro-government surveillance, anti-welfare, and anti-single-payer healthcare. It wants BOMBS… not BABY BOXES. Therefore, all those who voted Republican and claim to be “Pro-Life” are liars and hypocrites of the lowest possible sort. You can’t vote for bombs and be for babies. You can’t serve both God and Mammon. Holy Writ says so. You can’t square the circle. Get with the programme and get with HH… he wants a complete social safety-net… he wants families to have guaranteed paid holidays… he wants the state to subsidise those holidays… he wants the false capitalist structure gone. You may have HH or you may have the loudmouths amongst us who voted for Republican greedsters. That be the only choice… the only real choice facing Orthodox in the diaspora. Do we follow the Pro-Life phonies to death (both spiritual and physical) or do we follow our own leaders, who tell us that the only way out is to end the present evil politico-economic order?

Here’s the most telling part… the West’s rightwingers scream about how their countries are “under threat”. There’s no such situation, the USA hasn’t been safer in generations. The US Navy (along with its Anglosphere and Japanese allies) rules the waves and shall for the foreseeable future (it takes at least two generations to really build up a fleet, after all). Ergo, the American heartland is safe from foreign conventional invasion of any sort. The US Army and US Air Force aren’t as powerful (nor are they as powerful as their major possible adversaries), but they don’t need to be… they’re not the main bulwark of security as the Russian and Chinese armies are. The Anglosphere countries have always had their navies as the “senior service” unlike most Continental Eurasian countries, where the army has always been first. THERE IS NO THREAT TO THE USA AT ALL. Ergo, the Republican bleats to the contrary aren’t only lies, they’re mendacious and told in full knowledge that they’re untruths. Therefore… Pro-Lifers boost Republicans… Republicans are unrepentant liars… the Devil is the Father of Lies… you can see where this is going. The Pro-Life Movement is many things, but in its alliance with the Republicans, it certainly is NOT a godly force in our country.

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This is what our Church teaches… the Republicans (and their Pro-Life toadies) spit on it… do note the callous and spiteful blasphemy spouted by Boehner…

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Choose wisely… your immortal soul IS at stake…

BMD

Thursday, 8 December 2016

8 December 2016. Pravoslavie FUCKS UP ROYALLY… AGAIN! Bad Translation from the Platina Nutters, Yet Again

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Shevkunov strikes again! That is, he hands over translation of material to dumbass rightwing Amerikantsy converts, with predictable results (he likes sending stuff to the Platina nutters… the Rose crowd or to rightwing bozos like Jesse Dominick). His handling of HH’s comments on same-sex marriage and homosexual orientation were interesting… in the sense that Chinese people mean when they wish you, “May you live in interesting times”. First, we have the Russian original posted on patriarchia.ru. Next, is my translation… the Pravoslavie abortion is last. Note the howler in the name of the Parisian archbishop. That’s a proof of ignorance and laziness… two things seen in abundance amongst konvertsy… read on, kids…

BMD

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Russian original

Ваше Святейшество, мы видели, насколько болезненна для многих французов тема легализации однополых браков. Были массовые протесты. Касались ли Вы этой темы в ходе своего визита?

Да, мы коснулись этой темы во время беседы с архиепископом Парижским кардиналом Андре Вен-Труа. Всем хорошо известна роль Католической Церкви, которая категорически выступала против легализации однополых браков. И миллионная демонстрация французов, в основном, католиков, была ясным свидетельством несогласия значительной части населения с тем, что произошло.

Нужно сказать, что ничего не меняется в позиции Церкви, и измениться не может, потому что это против христианской морали. Еще раз хочу сказать, что мы никого не осуждаем – ни католики, ни православные. Мы не требуем некоего ужесточения в отношении людей, у которых есть какая-то особенность в сексуальной ориентации. Но мы категорически против уравнивания этих взаимоотношений с браком, который определен Богом и в результате которого рождаются дети, продолжается жизнь человеческого рода. То, что входит в Божий замысел, не может корректироваться никакими политическими доктринами и никакой политической практикой. На этом основывается позиция Церкви.

http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/4706946.html

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My translation

Your Holiness, we’ve seen how gay marriage is a painful topic for many French people. There were mass protests. Did you touch upon this subject during your visit?

Yes, we touched on the topic during a conversation with André Cardinal Vingt-Trois, the Archbishop of Paris. The role of the Catholic Church is well-known in this; it strongly opposes legalising same-sex marriage. The demonstrations involving millions of French people, mostly Catholic believers, were a clear sign of that; they showed that [Catholics] disagreed with the majority opinion [in France]. I must say that nothing has changed in the Church’s position; it can’t change, as [any change would be] against Christian morality. Once again, I want to say that we never condemn anyone… [“we” meaning] both Catholics and Orthodox. We don’t ask that there be restrictions against people of a different sexual orientation. However, we categorically oppose any changes equating such relationships with marriage, which is Divinely Ordained, within which children are born, so that the life of the human race continues. That is part of God’s plan. We can’t modify that with political measures or political ideologies. That’s the basis of the Church’s position.

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6 December 2016 Pravoslavie.ru article

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all the Russias has noted that while the Orthodox Church has strict traditional stances on marriage and family matters, it doesn’t condemn people, who are always called in love to repentance. In Paris to consecrate the new Trinity Cathedral and spiritual centre, His Holiness also met with the Catholic archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Andrew-Ben-Tura in which the theme of sexual orientation was raised. Summarising the Church’s stance, at a press conference the Patriarch stated:

I must say that nothing changes in the Church’s position, and can’t change, because it’s against Christian morality. I want to say again that we don’t judge anyone… neither Catholics nor Orthodox. We don’t require a hard line towards people of a peculiar sexual orientation. But we categorically oppose the equating of such relationships with marriage, which was defined by God and results in children being born and the continuing of the human race. What is included in God’s design can’t be corrected by any political doctrine or practise. On this is built the position of the Church.

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/99221.htm

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The rubber hits the road with какая-то особенность в сексуальной ориентации. Literally, it’d be some feature of sexual orientation. That jangles in English, doesn’t it? OK, how do we “English” this in a way both correct and pleasing (not so easy, as my experience tells me)? What’s the primary word here? I’d say that it’s особенность. It depends on the context, but it mostly gets “Englished” as feature or particularity. Other possible choices are quality, factor, or trait. It’s clear to me that some konvertsy brat chose peculiar as it fit their ignorant Yahoo rightwing opinions. HH was being very careful not to be judgemental, so it’s clear that’s not what he meant. Indeed, the choice of such an unusual idiom (usually, Russian uses non-traditional sexual orientation to indicate homosexuality) proves that he bent over backwards in his effort not to offend anyone. To carry over this into English, I chose people of a different sexual orientation. It has the same flavour of vagueness and nonspecificity found in the original. The “translation” on Pravoslavie destroyed that… peculiar turned HH’s carefulness and wish not to offend anyone into a mindless Yahoo rant. That’s unforgivable. I believe that we’ve ordained far too many ex-Evangelicals… things such as this prove that they’re not “of us”. I’d say that the bishops would do well to defrock most former-Evangelicals. They’re not of us, never can be, and they distort what the Church truly says. Shall we have the courage to do it, though?

BMD

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