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Sunday, 10 September 2017

10 September 2017. A Thought from Priest-Martyr Roman Medved

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If you wish more info on R I Medved, click here.

BMD

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Saturday, 20 May 2017

The Ukraine’s War on Orthodox Christianity

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The Ukrainian Verkhovnaya Rada is considering legislation that could lead to a ban on the Ukrainian Orthodox Church/Moscow Patriarchate (UPTs/MP). If the new laws pass, they’d allow the Ukrainian régime to ban churches, regulate worship, monitor church activities, ban missionaries from entering the country, and seize the assets of churches. The laws would only apply to churches whose ecclesiastical leadership was in what Ukrainian nationalists consider “aggressor states”. Russia is the only state that the Ukraine currently views as an aggressor. Not only is this an attack on the freedom of worship, it’s clearly a racially motivated attack on believers. Advocates of religious freedom all over the world condemned these proposals. The Ukrainian proposals would be totally illegal in the EU (which Ukraine seeks to join) as well as the USA. Previously, Metropolitan Ilarion Alfeyev drew the world’s attention to the oppression of Middle Eastern Christians at the hands of western-backed jihadist groups. He called the Ukrainian proposals:

It’s a full-scale war on believers. In the first place, these draft laws target the UPTs/MP. That’s no question; it’s obvious. These bills don’t even try to cover it up. The UPTs/MP would be under the submission of the Kiev authorities in a way that didn’t exist even in Soviet times.

Fr Andrei Zuevsky told RT:

Should state officials be given the right to forcefully eliminate religious communities, that’d be open and brutal interference into believers’ private lives. In Orthodox Christianity, personal faith is largely realised within a community, a church. When a government interferes in its life, it violates religious freedom.

An MP statement said:

The proposals threaten the constitutional rights of millions of Ukrainian believers; they may cause a wave of violence, new seizures of churches, and escalate the intercommunal conflict in the Ukraine.

Over 300,000 people signed a petition protesting attempts to destroy religious freedom in the Ukraine.

18 May 2017

Adam Garrie

The Duran

http://theduran.com/ukraines-war-on-orthodox-christianity/

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Lavrov Sez Ukrainian Nationalist Extremists Persecute Christians

00 slavyansk 01. 19.06.14

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In Genève, Minister of Foreign Affairs S V Lavrov said, “Christians face persecution not only in the Middle East, but also in the Ukraine, where fratricidal war broke out in the wake of an anti-constitutional coup, as extremist nationalists stoked up sectarian strife”. Lavrov stated that extremists destroy Orthodox churches and monasteries, subjecting priests and believers to intimidation and harassment. In Novorossiya alone, they destroyed ten churches to the foundations and damaged another 77. He said, “They killed three Orthodox priests, and many more fled to Russia to escape extremist threats”.

He also said that we have to halt the exodus of Christians from the Middle East, noting that this might have “the most negative consequence in terms of its impact on the structure of Arab societies, and on our preservation of the historical and spiritual heritage of all mankind”. Lavrov noted that the crimes of ISIS and other extremist groups against Middle Eastern Christians have “all the signs of genocide. Entire cities, such as Mosul, completely lost their traditional Christian presence. In ISIS-controlled territory, jihadists commit terrible crimes, their obscurantism leads to violence… they kill Christians, including priests, burn them alive, sell them into slavery, plunder them, expel them from their native places, and use them as hostages”. Lavrov pointed up the situation in Syria, which was an exemplary model of peaceful and mutually respectful coexistence between different religious communities, “but that way of life is under threat as a result of the actions of extremist forces used [by the West] to fight against Bashar al-Assad’s government”.

3 March 2015

Interfax-Religion

http://interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=58029

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Yakunin Dies… Beloved Mascot of the Western Neoliberals… an Unrepentant Schismatic

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo. The Church Never Involves Itself in Politics. 2012

THIS is why Yakunin ended outside the Church… he forgot that the Church isn’t a political party… the konvertsy are making the same mistake...

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Read this. All of the pro-Western poseurs and the konvertsy slobbered over Yakunin. He got too full of himself and made all sorts of oddbod accusations about clergy that he didn’t like (obviously, he blamed them for his imprisonment). As I said, the American Republicans and Orthodox konvertsy drooled over him… as did the SVS pseudo-intellectuals. As for me, I’m not happy over this turn of events. I do hope that he repented before he died… as for schadenfreude, that’s not appropriate for decent people. The Church isn’t a political party… full stop. All those who wish to turn it into such (like Paffso and Moriak) are wrong and we must oppose them with all of our powers. Beware “Pro-Life” and “family values”… more evil creeps in under those rubrics than any other. Not all that glitters is gold… have a care, there be worthless brass in circulation.

BMD

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