Archives for October 2010

Patsourakos: An “icon” of Stalin is sacrilege

George Patsourakos, an AOI Observer commentator, recently posted this essay on his website Theology and Society. In a news story that shocked Christians throughout the world this week, it was revealed that Joseph Stalin -- the Russian tyrant responsible for murdering millions of innocent people -- was pictured on an icon at an Orthodox Church in Moscow. The icon appeared in the Church of … [Read more...]

Srdja Trifkovic: Ground Zero Mosque: Correcting the Non-Debate

Source: Chronicles of Culture Excerpts from a speech at Providence College given on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010. Two sets of fallacies have dominated the mainstream debate about the Ground Zero mosque—and before we go any further, let’s get this straight: it is a mosque, frantic insistence by the Qusling elite to use one euphemistic misnomer or another notwithstanding. This means it is not merely … [Read more...]

Enviromentalism as Religion: Doesn’t the EP get it?

Do you want to understand why the Ecumenical Patriarch's coddling of environmentalism is not only wrong-headed but dangerous? First read Environmentalism as Religion in the New Atlantis magazine. Then recall that His All Holiness threw the full moral weight of his office behind of the Geneva Protocols, a crown jewel of environmental activism, during the Mississippi River Boat cruise last year. … [Read more...]

Religion and the Environment: The Link Between Survival and Salvation

I want our leadership to provide thoughtful analysis on cultural issues but too often we get the thin gruel of popular piety dressed up in Church-speak. Take this latest missive from Constantinople on the environment for example. Where to begin? There is no reflection about the falsification of data by global warming apologists, no awareness that the movement has been largely discredited. Then, … [Read more...]

Mattingly: ‘Don’t ask’ policy puts chaplains in vise

Source: The Republic The setting: The office of a priest who serves as a military chaplain. The time: This hypothetical encounter occurs soon after the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that forbids gays, lesbians and bisexuals to openly serve in America's armed forces. The scene: An officer requests counseling about tensions with her same-sex partner as they prepare for … [Read more...]

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