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    03-21-2019, 04:43 AM
    Nope. Not to mention Perrot took slightly more votes from Clinton. If it hadn't been for Ross, Clinton would have had a bigger blowout. The Ross-gave-Clinton-the-win meme is used to scare Republicans into supporting neocons by shifting the blame from what a terrible candidate/person (?) Bush was.
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    03-20-2019, 05:51 AM
    Are people never going to see that Trump/Q/alt-right is controlled opposition?
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  • TER's Avatar
    03-19-2019, 10:19 PM
    I don’t believe disrespect for authorities is a given here in this nation, nor codified. What the Freemason Deist founding fathers of America did (note their spiritual affiliation and philosophical and theological understanding of the nature of God, which is completely antithetical and foreign to the apostolic Christian understanding) was replace one primal authority with another, namely the Crown was replaced by a Constitution. Respect for the Constitution and the laws of this nation are what is now codified. Respect for these institutions and the civil authorities in this republic are a given and necessary, if we are ‘to keep the Republic’ as Benjamin Franklin said. So your point that “by respecting the civil authorities here you are disrespecting the primal authority by which they got into power” does not make sense to me. They did not destroy civil or state power, they simply replaced it, and while they did demonstrate disrespect to the ordained authorities by their revolution, what they insisted upon and expected was respect and allegiance to the Constitution and other charters of the early Republic. Now we can argue the merits of the Constitution and a democratically elected Constitutional Republic versus other forms of governments (all have their own advantageous and disadvantages, and most definitely some are better at producing lasting peace and justice than others), but as a Christian, our main goal as I know you would agree is seeking and entering the Kingdom of Heaven, even as we struggle in this fallen world, in whatever circumstance we find ourselves, freeman or slave. No one should believe for a second that an American citizen living with many civil freedoms and liberties and living a prosperous American dream has an advantage in getting into Heaven over, say, a persecuted, poor citizen suffering under a tyrannical authoritative regime. Indeed, I would say it will be much easier for the latter than the former before the judgment seat of God. (this is probably straying from our topic however). What no Church Father ever taught however was anarchy, which is antithetical to the will of God. Nor constant rebellion cause of muh’ rights, as if the state is what will lead us to the fulfillment of life which is found not in this world but in a much higher realm. That doesn’t mean we should necessarily be passive sheep and silently take unjustified abuse (even though that is in fact the divine way as demonstrated by the Suffering Servant and Innocent Lamb of God Jesus Christ). But it is not easy being a Saint and to follow this higher path, especially when our egos and pride constantly seeks self-serving satisfaction and human justice. But God knows we are weak, and, thankfully, He is merciful, and oppossing tyrannical regimes and occupiers can of course blessed by God when done for righteous and selfless reasons, such as protecting the faithful and the innocent. Government is a force, a tool, which can be used for good or for bad. It is not de facto an enemy of the people nor the Church, and can very well be an ally in the protection of the faithful and in fulfilling the admonition of Christ to spread the gospel and baptize the world in the Name of the Holy Trinity. We pray every Divine Liturgy that God enlightens our civil authorities to make good use of such worldly power and authority, for peaceful and just purposes. All the Church Fathers exalted the good aspects of civil governing forces, while castigating the particular bad aspects, especially those which were unjust or idolatrous.
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  • PierzStyx's Avatar
    03-19-2019, 10:27 AM
    Different oligarchs fighting for control of the mechanism of control.
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  • TER's Avatar
    03-18-2019, 08:39 PM
    As with many things related to Christianity, we have profound differences in opinion, especially on what the Church Fathers taught and the role they play in handing down the deposit of the faith of the Apostles through the power of the Holy Spirit. A quick internet search led me to this blog which I thought you might find interesting. It is a review by an Evangelical of a book written by a Baptist who actually read and studied the writings of the Church Fathers. To summarize: In his response in the final chapter Gordon Heath looks at the attitude of the early church fathers towards empire. He approaches the issue not as a biblical scholar but as a historian—and I would suggest, on reflection, that a major part of the problem with New Testament interpretation at the moment is that it is being done by theologians and not by historians. Heath thinks not only that the anti-imperial orientation of the New Testament has been overstated but also that there is a strong element of support for the empire in the writings of the early fathers that must call into question the view that Constantine was a massive aberration. The typical “decline paradigm” in church history is that the church lost its pristine purity after Emperor Constantine’s profession of faith and the subsequent Christianization of the Roman Empire in the fourth century. As noted above, contemporary scholars assume and claim that the New Testament writers were opposed to empire. But were the earliest Christians as anti-empire as recent scholars claim? And was the supportive posture towards the empire after Constantine that much of a shift from the attitudes of the earliest church fathers about the empire? This response argues that, if the church fathers are any indication, in both cases the answer is no. (262)
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    03-18-2019, 08:16 PM
    Greeting my brother, I hope your fast is going well. I prefer not to get into a debate at this time, but there are many resources available within the writings of the Church which touch upon this particular matter. I would simply respond by pasting below a writing of a contemporary martyr of the Church, Father Alexander Men, in his patristic elaboration regarding Romans 13. This is from a man who lived under the yoke of communist USSR and its severe persecution’s of Christians. https://www.fatheralexander.org/booklets/english/romans_e.htm#n24 My only personal points I would bring up at this time is that, unlike what Superflous Man has posted, the Apostles themselves understood and taught that the state (or the reality of civil rulers in a society) is a given in this world, and that anarchy is not the solution. Both Sts. Paul and Peter write to this effect, as well as the Apostolic Fathers St. Clement and St. Ignatius, who were both martyred for the faith along the two great Apostles mentioned before. Not one of the Apostles, nor any of the Church Fathers, promoted Christians to seek the dissolution of the State or to promote anarchy. The Christian is a sourjouner in this world, of course, and must live in the world, even as they are apart of the world. But living in the world means to respect the civil structures which society has adopted, even as they are full of worldly problems. The State (nation, etc), like many things in this world, is a necessary evil this side of heaven, and the Apostolic way, as expressed by the Church Fathers and Saints who continue the Apostolic preaching (kerygma) and shepherding of Christ’s flock, have always seen that although a monarchy is the closest to what the Kingdom of Heaven is, no State structure is perfect and is rather a pale imitation of what awaits in the age to come. But nevertheless, it is our goal as Christians, and especially with regards to the Church rulers, to work with the State whenever possible in order to allow the fullness of the faith to flourish amongst the believers to the extent possible. Not at the expense of the doctrines, of course, which are unassailable, but in symphonia and cooperation in order to bring peace and justice in whatever degree possible by the will of God. If you prefer more sources aside from the what I have pasted below, please pm me. There are many writings, including from Saints who themselves were persecuted or martyred by a tyrannical State, which express the same apostolic belief. :
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    03-18-2019, 06:01 AM
    Clickbait. They didn't "reverse time," they returned something to a previous state. By this definition, you'd be time traveling when you stay in your old room at your parents' house. Having said that, it was a remarkable experiment, because what they are talking about is reversing entropy.
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    03-17-2019, 08:08 PM
    Yeah, Jackson was one crazy mofo.
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    03-17-2019, 04:22 PM
    The southern states were not "driven to war"; they were driven to secession. The war of Northern aggression was Lincoln's war start to finish. Secession is not aggression.
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    03-17-2019, 08:37 AM
    Lincoln's war was NOT about slavery; secession was about slavery above all else, but Lincoln's war was about secession and federal power.
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    03-14-2019, 07:31 PM
    You can't expect people to have complex philosophical thoughts about what rights are or where they come from. Most people here can't even figure out the freaking etymology of the word, much less apply it to principles. All you should expect from that one is "Orange man gooder than Hillary man."
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    03-14-2019, 07:07 PM
    I wouldn't have pegged you for the sort that wants to repeal all immigration laws. Į\_(ツ)_/Į
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    03-14-2019, 05:54 PM
    "Condemning is not harassing" -- until it is. Look who's affecting the integrity of elections now. If you don't like how our country is organized, then find one more in line with your ideas and stop trying to change America. We've gotten along fine with relatively DEcentralized power for our whole history.
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    03-14-2019, 05:37 PM
    +rep for principle over party and local control instead of federal domination. Paul/Amash 2020!
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    03-14-2019, 05:31 PM
    Harvey Dent - The Dark Knight "People are morons; they like blood sausage!"
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  • TER's Avatar
    03-14-2019, 11:51 AM
    We have different ideas then what Christianity is and the relationship between the Church and the State. I’m okay with that. I hold to the ancient and traditional view that they are indeed separate but work together for the good of the faithful and the state.
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    03-14-2019, 11:40 AM
    Yes, cults are outlawed in Russia. The nation and its people have decided to have stricter rules than America regarding cults they deem may be dangerous to the nation. I am not under any illusion this isn’t the case. I also notice that Russia is one of the last remaining powerful nations which can be called ‘Christian’.
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    03-14-2019, 10:11 AM
    Source? The vast majority of Christianity (denominations) are not ‘outlawed’. The only ones I am aware of are Jehovah Wintess and Scientology being listed as cults (they are not Christian religions, btw). Not sure how ‘illegal’ it is to practice privately, if at all.
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    03-14-2019, 10:09 AM
    I agree. Many people feel that way, especially people living outside of the US corrupt media propaganda machine.
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    03-13-2019, 10:53 PM
    The Glory of the Lord in Creation A Psalm of David. PSALM 8 O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens! Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
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    03-13-2019, 09:30 PM
    The purest prayer is not asking for anything at all, but of being in a state of eucharistic(thankful, grateful) love. That is theosis.
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    03-13-2019, 04:47 PM
    Part 3 https://orthodoxhistory.org/2019/03/11/the-nine-years-that-almost-destroyed-the-orthodox-church-1919/
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    03-13-2019, 04:46 PM
    Part 2 https://orthodoxhistory.org/2019/03/07/the-nine-years-that-almost-destroyed-the-orthodox-church-1918/
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    03-13-2019, 04:46 PM
    Excellent and informative articles about the very tumultuous times early in the 20th century and how it affected the Eastern Orthodox Church. A great read for the Orthodox faithful as well as anyone interested in history. https://orthodoxhistory.org/2019/03/05/the-nine-years-that-almost-destroyed-the-orthodox-church-1917/
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    03-13-2019, 10:23 AM
    Bump for Lent.
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by PierzStyx on 10-12-2018 at 11:52 AM
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This has been one of my "pet issues" for years now.

Let's assume something comes out of this, and reforms that include reducing plea bargain that railroad innocent people, and mandatory sentencing and abolition of capital punishment get signed into law by Trump, does that further my "warming up" to Trump?

If I voted for him based on that, would that make me a "Trump Humping" fascist and "enemy of liberty"?
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Basically what you are saying is that you are completely unable to grapple with the real world trade-offs involved in securing liberty, so you have to create extreme strawman scenarios to justify obstinance.

What you will need to seek is not the permission of a centralized government per se, but the permission of your countrymen who seek to strike a rational balance between the conflicting imperatives of maximizing personal liberty and maintaining the environment of law and order

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Lizzie Borden, who was unsuccessfully prosecuted in 1892 for the axe murders of her father and stepmother, had red hair. So did Lynette Fromme, who spent 34 years in prison for attempting to assassinate President Gerald Ford. Vladimir Lenin, the Bolshevik revolutionary who became one of historyís bloodiest mass murderers, was also a redhead. Ditto the Wild West gangster and bank robber Jesse James.

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