September 23, 2014

Samuel Gregg: Christians in a Post-Welfare State World

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How much of the activism of the Progressive wing of American Christianity (including some Orthodox participants unfortunately) in the current budget battles is nothing more than grabbing its piece of the federal pie before the welfare state collapses? Progressives like Jim Wallis and others routinely use the moral imperatives of the gospel to justify their Progressive moral vision. They … [Read more...]

Church of Greece to State: Keep Priests on the Payroll

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Source: MSN News | January 17, 2011 ATHENS, Greece - Greece's powerful Orthodox Church urged the government in the crisis-hit country on Monday to relax tough hiring restrictions so it can put more priests on the state payroll. The government last year paid the salaries of 10,800 priests and church staff — who are technically civil servants — out of 757,500 "permanent employees" in the … [Read more...]

Death Warrant of Ancient Christianity

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If American liberals and neo-cons get their way and America invades Syria, the Syrian Christians will be persecuted and forced out of their ancient homeland. Source: Real Clear Politics | Philip Jenkins Ever since the wave of popular movements started sweeping the Middle East, Western media have rarely found much good to say about the authoritarian regimes under attack. Few observers … [Read more...]

Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco “emphatically denies” support for California bill

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The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco corrected the misleading press release put out by California Church Impact that claimed Orthodox support for a bill sexualizing science education in the California public schools. We thought the Metropolis was not aware their name was being misused in this way and once it was brought to their attention they clarified the record. STATEMENT … [Read more...]

Assassination attempt on Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople prevented

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March 9, 2011 - 17:12 AMT 13:12 GMT PanARMENIAN.Net - The Turkish police have prevented another assassination attempt on Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I, according to the Austrian catholic news agency. The Turkish police have arrested two suspects aged 17-18. The assassination attempt was planned in the Fanar district, where the residence of the Patriarch is … [Read more...]

The USA and the New World Order: A Debate Between Alexandr Dugin and Olavo de Carvalho

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AOI Observer reader Fabio Lins has a keen interest in political philosophy and culture. Occasionally he sends me links of debates happening elsewhere which always prove interesting and timely. Yesterday he notified me of an online debate between Russian nationalist Alexandr Dugin and conservative Brazilian philosopher Olavo de Carvalho. I asked Fabio to write an introduction included … [Read more...]

Egypt: The Realist Scenario

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It's Jimmy Carter all over again. Source: Chronicles of Culture | Srdja Tifkovic The image of the “democratic revolution” in Egypt, as constructed by the mainstream media in North America and Europe over the past two weeks, evokes the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe in 1989. The BBC World Service, NPR and other Western media outlets bring us young, articulate, lightly-accented … [Read more...]

Trifkovic: Liberal Totalitarianism More Oppressive than Communism [VIDEO]

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H.L. Mencken Club Distinguished Speaker Series: Srdja Trifkovic on Western Postmodernia vs. "Real Socialism" Americans love telling themselves "it's a free country," but Srdja Trifkovic relates that in terms of (self-)censorship on key issues like race and immigration, American is a place less open to honest communication than the Soviet Bloc. … [Read more...]

Peter and Helen Evans: Bishops wont act? Ask for a blessing, then do it yourself!

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Peter and Helen Evans edit the Politics and Prayer website. We read comments on this blog and also hear people complaining that "the Bishops should proclaim..." a Day of Prayer or March for Life or any number of semi-public events. Let us suggest that we don't have to wait for a proclamation. We don't have to wait to be told what to do. Various cities around the United States are having their … [Read more...]

Gordon, Will, Krauthammer on the libeling of Sarah Palin

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The reaction of the Progressive left to the Tuscon shooting was calculated to obliterate the moral credibility of conservatives. The Progressives are running scared because the moral intimidation of the kind we saw over the last few days is just not working anymore. It used to be that screaming about rights, fairness, oppression, all the shibboleths calculated to shut down debate worked. Today … [Read more...]

Bishop Suriel on the Attacks on the Coptic Orthodox in Egypt [VIDEO]

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Outstanding! A Coptic Orthodox Bishop calls on all Christians everywhere to protest the injustice of Muslim persecution of Christians worldwide. … [Read more...]

Popes, Atheists and Freedom

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Daniel Henninger | Wall Street Journal Secularists should recognize that the pope's fight is their fight. This being the season of hope, Islamic extremists of course have been engaged in their annual tradition of blowing up Christian churches. [...] Hours before this, from a window above St. Peter's Square, Benedict also took a pass on the holiday pabulum handed out by other … [Read more...]