The Psychotic Cult known as the Russian Orthodox Church

Kirill-Miss-Watch_2186482bOn April 9, 2013, two really amazing pronouncements were issued by the Russian Orthodox Church.

First, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, who oversees the Church’s public relations, told RIA Novosti that “even some scientists suggest that the sun and the entire universe rotate around Earth, not in a physical sense, but in a logical sense. According to Chaplin, this theory means that the world is created so that intelligent life inhabits space that is proportionally small compared to the size of the universe.”

Then, Patriarch Kirill himself denounced women’s rights to Interfax. He stated: “I find very dangerous this phenomenon, which is called feminism, because feminist organizations proclaim a pseudo-freedom of women that should in the first place be manifested outside marriage and outside the family. Man turns his sight outward, he should work, make money. While a woman is always focused inwards towards her children, her home. If this exceptionally important role of a woman is destroyed, everything will be destroyed as a consequence — family and, if you wish, the homeland.”

So women should not be allowed to work and, in some way at least, the sun revolves around the earth. Got that?

Holy Russian Empire, Batman!

Over on American Thinker, Kim Zigfeld describes the latest round of attacks by the Russian Orthodox Church, teaming with up with the Kremlin, on its religious rivals, this time Protestants and Jews.  And she shows how the neo-Soviet state is adopting Russian Orthodoxy as its ideology, whereas the Soviet state attacked religion.  In the manner of the Tsar, Putin is attempting to constitute a Holy Russian Empire with himself holding absolute power as designated from On High.

Holy Crap

Remember back in the summer of 2009 when His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Russia traveled to Ukraine and delivered furious, fire-and-brimstone condemnations of Western conspicuous consumption, implying that the West was evil and Ukraine should rejoin the holy Russian fold?

Remember how it soon came to light that while making these righteous utterances His Holiness was sporting a $30,000 Breguet watch, an item that cost the equivalent of four Russian average annual salaries?  That was a rather embarrassing situation, to be sure, a new low you might say in the annals of Russian corruption and incompetence.

Well, you may have forgotten about it by now but the lackeys who work for His Holiness certainly have not.  For this reason, when they spotted Kirill in a publicity photograph once again showing off his costly timepiece (see there below, proudly displayed on the left wrist) . . .

. . . they quickly pulled out their Photoshop software and removed it before the photograph could see the light of day

Unfortunately for His Holiness, however, they did not notice that the watch had been reflected in the shiny, costly surface of the shiny, costly table at which His Holiness was seated. Therefore, they did not remove such reflection along with said watch, leaving a tell-tale sign of their mendacity.

Russian bloggers pounced, and the His Holiness was forced to retract and apologize. But Kirill himself continued to maintain the watch had never been on his wrist.

So instead of doing the moral thing back in 2009 and getting rid of this devilish watch, selling it and giving the cash to Russia’s sick and poor (who number in the millions, Russia does not rank in the top 125 nations of the world for average life expectancy), and instead of doing the at-least sensible thing and wearing it only in private, Kirill’s “solution” is to go right on brazenly displaying this obscene item and to have his henchman Photoshop the watch off his wrist.  At least, that is, until they get caught red-handed.

It may seem horrifying, but what else can one expect in the most corrupt major civilization on this planet? Nothing more, of course, not even from the man who is supposed to be the nation’s moral compass.

And so goes Russia.

Russia Rejects Christmas

Both Russian “President” Dima Medvedev and Russian “Prime Minister” Vladimir Putin attended church services on Russian Orthodox Christmas, which occurs on January 7th. But very few of their fellow citizens followed their lead.  A shocking 90,000 people did so in Moscow, less than half the number that went to church in St. Petersburg, a city one-half Moscow’s size.  And across the country in Russia, just 2 million people went to church — barely more than 1% of Russia’s population.  Nearly 100,000 security forces were marshaled to keep these worshipers in line, lest the church’s words in support of the protest movement lead to Russians getting out of hand.

It appears, then, that very little has changed in Russia since Soviet times. The country is ruled by a proud KGB spy and the vast majority of Russians reject religion. Those who do not are closely supervised by governmental forces. If there is one change, it is that now Russia’s rulers rather than seeking to wipe out the church are instead seeking to manipulate  it for their own purposes.  Thus, even though Patriarch Kirill warned the Kremlin to heed the concerns of the protesters, he also issued a stern warning to the protesters: “If demonstrations ahead of the 1917 revolution had ended in the expression of peaceful protests and had not led to a bloody revolution and a fratricidal war, Russia would have had a population of more than 300 million and would have challenged or maybe even surpassed the United States from the point of view of economic development.”