To be sure, there are hidden agendas at play, on both sides. Russia snagged the Winter Olympics which is a major coup. Mega-tourist dollars and immense cultural prestige are always at stake for the host country. As for the US, harping on “human rights” is another useful arrow in our quiver in any future international negotiations. Sometimes there’s nothing more than that.
Having said that, for True Believers, the retreat of Russia into its Christian roots in not a good thing. I suppose we must give them credit for at least having the courage of their convictions (no matter how misguided those convictions are). As for Russia, it’s a big country, I have a feeling that they can take care of themselves in this silly and unnecessary pissing match.
As for myself, I’m more worried about the loss of our own moral fortitude. It’s sad to see the Christian remnant that is allowed to exist in our nation no longer has the fire in the belly to take our globalist masters to task on something so fundamental. I mean, really: do we want to go on globalist crusades to make the world safe for sodomy? Do our bishops have no opinion in this matter?
Thus the real question for me however is where are the Orthodox bishops of the United States on this issue? The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese always likes to remind people about Russia’s Orthodox heritage when it comes to giving useless medals to has-beens like Mikhail Gorbachev or when its bishops get invited to consecrations at newly-built Orthodox cathedrals (always as representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarch mind you). How many times have the press releases that emanate from the Phanar reminded people that the Patriarch of Constantinople is the “spiritual leader of 300,000,000 Christians”?
But where is ROCOR on this issue, or Moscow’s patriarchal jurisdiction? Where is Syosset? Where is the Episcopal Assembly? Like the deafening silence they have exhibited regarding the slaughter of Christians in the Middle East, we have yet to hear anything from this body regarding our nation’s condemnation of Russia for their wanting to adhere to traditional Christian morality. Their inactivity regarding DOMA four weeks ago saddened me not simply because they said nothing but because I feared what it portended for the future. And now my fears are realized. Our bishops have thrown in the towel.
Lord have mercy.
Anyway, please take the time to read Pat Buchanan’s wonderful editorial. He hits yet another one out of the ballpark. If our bishops can’t be roused, perhaps the ordinary Joe Blows who fill our military’s ranks will rise up and say “Enough! No more useless foreign interventions!” Certainly not one to enforce sodomy on those cultures that don’t want it.
Source: Taki Magazine | Pat Buchanan
The culture war has gone global.
And the divisions are not only between, but within nations.
“Suddenly, homosexuality is against the law,” wailed Jay Leno. “I mean, this seems like Germany. Let’s round up the Jews. Let’s round up the gays. … I mean, it starts like that.”
Leno was speaking of Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Obama eagerly agreed:
“I have no patience for countries that treat gays or lesbians … in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them. … Nobody is more offended than me by some of the antigay and lesbian legislation that you’ve been seeing in Russia.”
Leno and Obama were referring to a new Russian law prohibiting “homosexual propaganda.” Moscow is also warning foreigners, including visitors to the winter Olympics in Sochi, that propagandizing for gay rights can get them two weeks in detention. No kiss-ins allowed.
“Medieval,” howled The Washington Post. “Mr. Putin’s war” on gays and lesbians is “part and parcel of his lapse into xenophobia, religious chauvinism and general intolerance.”
Monday’s New York Times has a front-page story—“Gays in Russia Find No Haven, Despite Support From the West”—featuring photos of roughed-up protesters.
Our moral and cultural elites have put Putin on notice: Get in step with us on homosexual rights—or we may just boycott your Sochi games.
What this reveals is the distance America has traveled, morally and culturally, in a few short years, and our amnesia about who we Americans once were, and what it is we once believed.
Only yesterday, homosexual sodomy, which Thomas Jefferson said should be treated like rape, was outlawed in many states and same-sex marriage was regarded as an absurdity.
Was that America we grew up in really like Nazi Germany?
In the Catholic schools this writer attended, pornography—let alone homosexual propaganda—would get one expelled.
Was this really just like Kristallnacht?
As Father Regis Scanlon writes in Crisis magazine, in 2005, Pope Benedict XVI reiterated Catholic doctrine that homosexuality is a “strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil,” an “objective disorder.” That homosexual acts are unnatural and immoral remains Catholic teaching.
Thus, if we seek to build a Good Society by traditional Catholic and Christian standards, why should not homosexual propaganda be treated the same as racist or anti-Semitic propaganda?
We can no longer even agree on what is good and evil.
When Pope Francis said, “Who am I to judge?” he was saying that a sexual orientation is something over which an individual may have no control, dating to birth or infancy. Hence homosexuals ought not to be condemned, but welcomed into the community.
As for homosexual propaganda and acts, that is another matter.
What, one wonders, is the view of those Evangelical Christians who sustain the Republican Party on homosexual propaganda in the public square? Do they agree with the Post? Or do they agree with Putin?
When the Socialist regime of Francois Hollande enacted a law endorsing same-sex marriage, a million Frenchmen marched in protest in Paris. Is America on Hollande’s side, or the side of the protesters?
When the ultra-Orthodox haredim of Jerusalem denounce the annual gay pride parade in the Holy City, whose side is America on?
The Post weeps for the “young women of the persecuted rock band Pussy Riot,” who engaged in half-naked obscene acts on the high altar of Moscow’s most sacred cathedral.
Had these women crayoned swastikas on the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., would the Post have been so sympathetic?
Putin suggested the ladies try the same stunt in Mecca.
In our late Mideast wars, America has fought for secularist democracy. Yet Christians have suffered horribly, with the murder of priests, the burning of churches, terrorism and wholesale flight.
According to LifeSiteNews, Putin, meeting with Orthodox Christian leaders, urged the world to come together to stop these violent persecutions.
“Especially in the Middle East and North Africa … the rights of religious minorities are infringed, especially Christians and Orthodox Christians. … This pressing problem should be a subject of close attention for the entire international community.”
Urging America and the West to join with Russia in saving Syria’s Christians, Orthodox Patriarch Kirill said their expulsion from Syria would be a “catastrophe” for civilization.
Has Obama ever spoken out so forcefully for international action to save Christians? Has The New York Times ever exhibited a fraction of the concern for persecuted Christians it daily exhibits for harassed homosexuals?
What did the Post mean by “religious chauvinism”?
Putin is trying to re-establish the Orthodox Church as the moral compass of the nation it had been for 1,000 years before Russia fell captive to the atheistic and pagan ideology of Marxism.
“The adoption of Christianity,” declared Putin, “became a turning point in the fate of our fatherland, made it an inseparable part of the Christian civilization and helped turn it into one of the largest world powers.”
Anyone ever heard anything like that from the Post, the Times or Barack Hussein Obama?