Russia has Built More Churches Over the Past 28 Years Than Any Other Country

July 15, 2018

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A blog by Richard Edmondson

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[ Ed. note – One very important question Americans should ask themselves when trying to assess relations between the US and Russia, and to figure out why certain things are the way they are, is…of the two countries, Russia and America, which currently is moving toward a greater embrace of religious faith? And which is experiencing a lessening of spirituality and moving away from religious beliefs?

The answer, of course, is that the number of those in America who hold religious beliefs, most especially Christians, is dropping. This was the finding in a Pew Research poll released last year. The poll found that between 2007 and 2014, the number of Americans identifying as Christians declined from 78.4% to 70.6%. That’s still a pretty high portion of the population, but it does make for a 7.8% drop.

Over the same time period, those identifying as either atheist, agnostic, or no religion in particular rose from 16.1% to 22.8%–making for 6.7% rise. Interestingly, the number of Jews rose as well, but only slightly, from 1.7% of the population to 1.9%.  It would appear, then, that in the lives of increasing numbers of Americans, religion holds little to no importance. One wonders if this overall decline in spirituality might be a factor in such problems as crime and political corruption that are so prevalent now in America.

Russia seems to be going in the opposite direction, however. The Russian Orthodox Church has experienced phenomenal growth since the fall of communism. The Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow, dynamited at the order of Joseph Stalin in 1931, was rebuilt in the 1990s and reconsecrated in August of 2000. But as you’ll see from the article below, it wasn’t the only church constructed in the newly-revived Mother Russia–not by a long shot.

The problems with political corruption in America are certainly not new, but they have been particularly underscored by the current presidential campaign. At the same time, Russia’s Vladimir Putin has become one of the most respected leaders in the world today. This is not only the opinion of writers like Paul Craig Roberts, but was even grudgingly admitted to by a retired US general. Russia is clearly in the ascendant. The US empire, on the other hand, is in decline. Again, one cannot help pondering the question: how much of a role has spiritual faith, or lack thereof, played in these dynamics? My guess is that it has been a very big factor. ]

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Russia Built 3 Churches Per Day, 1000 Per Year, for 28 Years–a World Record

Russia Insider

Religious faith in Russia never grew more intensively than in the past three decades, believes Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

The head of the Department of External Church Relations (DECR) spoke about religious faith in Russia, and its history and revival in recent decades at a meeting with a group of professors and 250 students from Italy on October 11, 2016, reports the DECR’s website.

“The epoch which we call ‘the second Baptism of Russia’ begun in our Church in 1988. The mass baptism of our population started in Russia in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s,” Metropolitan Hilarion said while relating the history of Orthodoxy in Russia to the Italian guests.

“Today we have 35,000 churches. That means that we have opened 29,000 churches over twenty-eight years, opening more than 1,000 churches per year or three per day… Earlier we had three theological seminaries or academies, and today there are over fifty,” the metropolitan stressed.

In Metropolitan Hilarion’s view, Russian history has “never witnessed such growth in religious faith as we have seen in the past twenty-eight years.”

“More than that, I know no other precedent of this kind anywhere throughout the history of mankind. We are aware that the epoch of St. Constantine the Great in the fourth century was a time when churches were built everywhere and mass baptisms took place. But there is no statistics for that period, while we do have statistics for the epoch we live in,” he added.

Noting that today many say that modern society lives in the post-Christian era, the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church said that it is not felt in Russia.

“With our own eyes we have seen the power of Christianity which enables us to open three churches per day today. We have witnessed how Christianity transforms human lives, to what extent Christ and His teaching are still important nowadays,” Metropolitan Hilarion said in conclusion.

Professors and students of schools under the Jesuit Order in Rome, Milan, Naples, Turin and Palermo took part in the meeting with the Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations.

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Canadian Political Prisoner Monika Schaefer

July 15, 2018

Monika Schaefer is the gentle Canadian political prisoner locked up in a high security German prison (over 192 days so far) because she apologized via YouTube to her dead mother! If you want to know more, you can Google Monica Schaefer or her brother, Alfred Schaefer who has also been arrested in Germany for telling the truth.

Subject: Trial of Monika Schaefer at Munich, day 6

From: Richard Edmonds <richardedmonds1@inbox.com>

July 14, 2018

On the sixth day of the trial of Monika and Alfred Schaefer at the Munich court, 13th July 2018, Monika Schaefer gave her personal statement. Translation made by R. Edmonds.


Monika Schaefer read out her personal statement, which according to the judge is usually not permitted. But the judge accepted that Monika dos not speak German perfectly, hence he decided to make an exception. Monika related how she became engaged politically and how she felt herself deeply drawn to Green politics. She campaigned many times for political office. That had all continued till she had learnt that Israel’s wars were being justified by false claims. There-upon she left the party. She had learnt very early to think for herself.

She had made the video herself. Once she had made the film and put it in the public domain, she then felt a feeling of relief and felt freed from a heavy burden. She had always held her parents under a general suspicion, but now she knew that there was nothing to reproach them with, because History was quite contrary to what we had been told since 1945. This was this reason why she had apologized to her mother.

As a consequence of the success of the video, she had lost many friendships; and a campaign of ritual defamation commenced against her. For example, in a small newspaper of a town with five thousand inhabitants, readers’ letters started appearing, written by readers from quite other districts, who would not normally read the news-paper. These readers’ letters served the purpose of defaming her. At the beginning, she had to force herself to go to her front-door. However when one deliberately and with conviction breaks such a taboo, because one knows that the official claims regarding the period 1933 -1945 are a shabby lie, then such ritual defamations are easier to bear. Every attempt had been made to intimidate her. For example, she always rides by bicycle, and one day at the traffic lights a car had sped away from her throwing the sand of the street against her. Also attempts had been made to ruin her financially. Not a single student from her locality came any more to take instruction on violin-playing. A regular witch-hunt was organised against her. This witch-hunt had split the community in which she lived. Whilst many had turned away from her, on the other hand, many others whom she did not know had come to her; and they could not understand what was happening. In July 2016 a new local law gave permission for music to be played in the local park close to her. A licence for this was needed, but this licence was refused to her. Finally her brother had made the offer, that it was better to come to Germany, if the situation in Canada should become too dangerous for her.

The judge asked, why she had made a video rather than chosen to write an article. Also he wanted to know why she had given advice as to where information on the subject could be found, for example referring to the video about Ernst Zundel or “Questions about the HC.” Monika replied that she herself had found the sources very helpful in order to understand everything. She wanted to invite everybody to learn more in order to understand what had really taken place in the period of 1933 to 1945. In reply to the question from the judge, why she found the lie so shabby [threadbare, seedy, mean], Monika declared because the intention was that the guilt feelings should continue for ever. The fact that she was in prison proved that.

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More sources: Brian Ruhe
And if you want to do some Christian work, how about a simple note of encouragement to the following political prisoners in “democratic” countries?

Write to Monika at the following address:
Monika Schaefer
JVA Stadelheim
Schwarzenbergstr. 14
81549 München
GERMANY

Write to Ursula at the following address:
JVA Bielefeld-Brackwede
z. Hd. Ursula Haverbeck
Umlostraße 100
33649 Bielefeld
Germany

Write to Gerd at the following address:
Gerd Ittner
JVA Nürnberg
Mannertstraße 6
90429 Nürnberg
Germany

Write to Jez Turner at the following address:
Jez Bedford-Turner A5544EE,
wing E3-02,
HMP Wandsworth,
PO Box 757, Heathfield Road,
Wandsworth, London SW18 3HU.
ENGLAND


An American Housewife In Syria

April 7, 2018

This 85 minute video presentation sets the record straight and corrects the fake news of CNN.

https://bit.ly/2IAOgid


Christianity in Syria vs Christianity in “Rebel” Held Areas of Syria

April 3, 2018

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By: Janice Kortkamp

Date: March 25, 2018

On this Palm Sunday for western churches, allow me to compare and contrast Christianity in Syria vs Christianity in US-backed “rebel” held areas of Syria.

Some of these pics are from my own travels around Syria the past two years.

READ more about how Syria protects Christians. Did you know the head of Parliament is a Christian? The photos are awesome, too!


It’s Time to Drop the Jew Taboo

March 22, 2018
Original source here

5000 words.

(The paintings used as illustrations in this article are taken from the website of Ilya Glazunov and can be seen full-size in HD here and here. Russia Insider published a long profile of him and his work in 2016. Much of his work, both paintings and books, dealt extensively with the Jewish role in Russian history.)


A Jewish bolshevik shutting down an Easter midnight service. Detail
from a larger monumental painting from 1999 by Ilya Glazunov.
(Click for full image)

Article updates:

#1:  Here is a very good discussion of this article and its significance on Richard Spencer’s weekly audio roundtable podcast ‘AltRight Politics‘ from January 18, 2018.

#2: (Jan 20, 2018) An excellent translation of the article into Russian has been done by volunteers, and it has been published on several large Russian sites, most prominently on Perevodika.ru, where it had about 30,000 views within a few weeks.

#3:  (March 8, 2018)  Important Announcement: Since its appearance, this article has caused an uproar. It has been republished dozens of times in both English and Russian, gotten over 350,000 views, and several articles have been written about it, both criticizing and supporting it, in roughly equal measure. It continues to be read actively. The almost 2000 comments below are extraordinary in their length, and run to hundreds of pages of text, 20 or 30 times the length of the article itself. They are 90% supportive.

Since announcing this editorial policy, we has published some 40 articles under our new rubric: ‘The Jewish Question‘, which has again, generated 100s of 1000s of views, and 1000s of comments. We have a large backlog of articles which we will be publishing over the coming months – there is an enormous supply of top quality material, more than we can publish.

I have been inundated with letters of encouragement and support, donations, and many submissions. Thanks to all! I’m glad so many people agree with my decision.

If you want to help: Please provide your email address in the form below. It is the only reliable way to reach you, because we are being muted on the Google search, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. I will be reaching out to supporters in the coming months to raise funds and support to produce more high quality journalism on this issue.

If you aren’t intimidated by the bullying, and agree with me that it is time to speak out on this crucial issue, then please sign up!

READ the full article here.


The Russian Spy Poisoning Scam

March 18, 2018

Original source: Real Jew News
Interview With Archbishop Gabriel
By Brother Nathanael Kapner March 15, 2018 ©
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Archbishop Gabriel, born in 1961, serves as the Bishop of Canada with the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR).

Upon graduating from Holy Trinity Seminary in New York in 1984, he became an instructor of Russian culture at the Seminary until 1989.

After serving as an assistant to his superiors, he was ordained as a hieromonk and soon consecrated as a bishop in 1996.

Steeped in the history and culture of Russia, Archbishop Gabriel speaks with authority on the religio-political scenario of that nation of which he and his peers call “Holy Russia.”

His “Monarchy Must Come To Russia” reveals a penetrating perspective on world events.
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Brother Nathanael: What do you make of Britain accusing Russia of poisoning the Russian double-spy Sergei Skripal?

Archbishop Gabriel: It’s a circus, another attempt of the West to sully Russia as a rogue state.

And it’s no coincidence that the accusation comes within a week of the Russian elections, which would lead any thinking person to the conclusion that ‘conspiracy theories’ are alive and well. Surely, this is a prime example of a ‘conspiracy’ to demonize Russia and to slap on more sanctions.

Br Nathanael: Why is it significant that the accusation comes on the eve of the elections?

Abp Gabriel: The West will try anything, even far-fetched scenarios, to discredit Putin before his own electorate.

And now that the Olympics are over, of which the Ukrainian agitations were a strategic disrupting influence, the West needs to go to the next stage to discredit Putin and Russia.

So with the new ridiculous and absurd allegation of Russia being behind the poisoning, we can see another attempt to derail the next big sporting event, the World Cup which is being staged in Russia, where there will be even more viewers than the Olympics.

One can imagine what the West fears the most is a successful World Cup being held in Russia with Putin as President which would only enhance his prestige. They would loathe seeing this, so they have planned this ‘conspiracy’ in part.

Br Nathanael: What are your thoughts about the British Royal Family now announcing, as a result of the accusation, of not attending the World Cup?

Abp Gabriel: I don’t think it will upset anyone in Russia.

However, it would’ve been more significant for the members of the Royal Family to come to a more meaningful event planned in Russia this year, and that is the 100th Anniversary of the murder of the Russian Royal Family.

And this is given the fact that the Czar and the Empress are direct relatives of Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, and his son.

The irony is that this tragic event, being marked in the town where the Royal Family was killed, Ekaterinburg, will be one of the host cities of the World Cup.

I find it disconcerting that the members of the Royal Family were planning to attend the World Cup of soccer, but apparently had no plans to attend a more poignant event, the 100th Anniversary of the murder of their own relatives.

Br Nathanael: Will the accusation affect the upcoming elections?

Abp Gabriel: No. The more the West tries to demonize Putin the more popular he gets. Those who may have planned to stay home will now rally and run to the voting booths.

It’s similar to the sanctions. The more sanctions the West piles on Russia the stronger Russia gets economically.

What the sanctions have actually done has strengthened Russia’s resolve and has created a more self-sufficient Russia, especially in the agricultural sphere where it was dependent on imports.

Br Nathanael: On what basis is Teresa May blaming Russia for the poisoning?

Abp Gabriel: She accuses Russia of using a military grade nerve agent that’s part of a chemical weapons group known as “Novichok,” that is, “новичок,” meaning, “newcomer.”

Despite Russia’s request to be given a sample, Britain has categorically denied its request, as it did in previous poisonings, like the Litvenenko case, which raises a red flag.

Even if Britain can provide it, it still doesn’t prove it’s of Russian origin since facilities in America and Britain have the potential to make it as well.

So either May is concocting as ‘proof’ that this alleged Russian nerve gas was used, or they have some mock specimens of Novichok at its bio-weapons Porton Down lab, located not far from the poisoning, which raises a whole host of questions.

Br Nathanael: Like what?

Abp Gabriel: Cui bono? Certainly not Russia whose world standing is under constant scrutiny and attack.

The poisoning could have been a ‘false flag’ carried out by the MI6, or any other foreign agency with an interest in discrediting Russia.

Or, it could be members of the Ukrainian neo-Nazi nationalist gang called the Right Sector who would love nothing better than to see Russia discredited in such a way.

And today we learned of a special session of the UN where the usual suspects all jumped in with their accusations without seeing or asking for any proof.

This is called presumption of guilt minus any evidence. It’s like the old KKK lynchings–simply because a man was black he was guilty.

Br Nathanael: What do you make of Teresa May expelling 23 Russian diplomats and calling them ‘undercover’ agents?

Abp Gabriel: It’s yet another pathetic effort to retaliate against an unproven, hyped-up, so-called ‘crime’ allegedly committed by Russia. These kinds of things always backfire, while at the same time, it makes the accusing country look foolish.

What’s missing in all of this is objective journalism, not the kind that we see on CNN and the entire major Western networks where you only hear the accusations but never the Russia side.

It’s a pitiful state of affairs. Even Putin’s press secretary, Dmitri Peskov, when responding to the accusations, told reporters, “Stay clear-headed, stay sober, do not succumb to emotions and lies.”

Br Nathanael: The Western press points to Putin as responsible for the poisoning of Skripal. Is this feasible?

Abp Gabriel: It would be absolutely hair-brained of Putin to do something like this. He has an election coming up and he would not want to jeopardize his standing by fouling the air.

Look. If Putin wanted to eliminate Skripal he would have done it when he was thrown in jail for high treason back in 2004.

Putin had until 2010 to finish him off, but instead, viewing Skripal as a ’second rate,’ swapped him for some Russians arrested by the FBI as alleged spies.

This is why Russia should be considered one of the last to be culpable in this whole affair because they have the least to gain.

Of course, it’s the West with the most to gain, with constant demonizing pushing with relentless pressure…they don’t take the foot off the pedal.

Br Nathanael: The Western Press says nothing happens in Russia or by Russians unless Putin gives the order. Does Putin have this kind of dictatorial power?

Abp Gabriel: This is absurd. There’s no way one man can control some 145 million people who comprise the population of Russia given today’s global environment.

Russia is not a Stalinist country, it’s free. The people are very vocal in expressing their opinions publicly, and even have television and radio stations that openly criticize Putin and glorify the West.

No one touches these stations in spite of all the accusations that Putin is a ‘dictator.’ There’s a lot more diversity in the Russian media, both nationally and privately owned, than in the biased West. The press in the West is totally one-sided. Unbiased coverage in the West doesn’t exist.

Even Putin admitted in the interview with Megyn Kelly that his own press secretary, Dmitri Peskov, said some things on TV that surprised him. “Where did Peskov get that?” Putin voiced out loud.

He added that it would be impossible for him to control all the things different government officials say nor would he want to.

If Putin was such a dictator who allows no competition, why out of the seven candidates running against him, are there at least two who are undeniably anti-Putin in their policies and presentations, this would be Xenia Sobchak and Gregory Yavlinsky. Evidently, there is more political diversity in Russia than in the US.

Br Nathanael: What can we expect after this?

Abp Gabriel: The UK and its Western partners will continue to find ways to demonize Russia and accuse it of similar things.

Yes, derailing a successful World Cup seen by billions is on their agenda, but perhaps more importantly–I say this in reference to one of our earlier interviews–that this is political déjà vu all over again.

One hundred years ago, when Russia was poised to be a World Super Power by 1930, which was projected by the interior minister, Peter Stolypin, who said in 1909 that if Russia was able to live through twenty years of peace, it would grow into the most powerful country in the world, economically, militarily, and in every sphere.

But that was not to be. WW I, and the Revolution, of which the West no doubt had its hand in because it feared a strong, Orthodox Christian Russia, with the Czar at its head.

And now, one hundred years later, we have the same scenario, a rejuvenated Russia, with a strong leader who supports the rebirth of the Orthodox Church, which is poised again to be, not an atheist power, like in the Soviet Era, but a Christian power, the only country that defends Christian teaching, morals, and values.

This, for the dark powers attempting to create their own world order, is the most fearsome thing of all.

___________________________________For More See: The Putin I Know Click Here

For More See: Monarchy In Russia Must Come Click Here

And: Putin’s ‘Anti-Evangelism’ Law Revealed Click Here

And: The Religion Of Vladimir Putin Click Here

And: Russia Turns Christian…America Turns Jewish Click Here

And: The Future Belongs To Russia Click Here

And: How Putin Celebrates Christmas Click Here

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Would Jesus Vote For Donald Trump?

December 17, 2017

Armageddon? Bring It On:

The Evangelical Force Behind Trump’s Jerusalem Speech

Editor Charles Carlson observes: This cryptic account of how Donald Trump has used the so-called ‘religious right’ to carry out his own agenda, is from none other than Haaretz, perhaps Israel’s leading news publication.  The authors are laughing up their sleeve that we Americans can be led by the likes of Donald Trump and his critical “theological” support base of some 60 million who really do believe what Haaretz finds to be so strange.  We will not live in peace, nor will the rest of the world until these well-meaning zealots recognize themselves as victims of a crackpot religious hodgepodge that calls itself Christian Zionism. – Editor CEC

Haaretz writes: “The U.S. evangelical community is in raptures over Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel, believing it moves the world closer to Armageddon”

“Trump is showing love to Israel because evangelical voters form the crucial linchpin in his relatively small but solid support base. Evangelical voters threw their support behind Trump in 2016 at a higher rate than any previous presidential candidate – giving him 81 percent of their vote, even more than they gave to fellow evangelical George W. Bush.
It was these Christian evangelicals – and Pence, an evangelical himself and a prominent touchstone of their influence in the Trump administration – that were clearly the driving force behind the Jerusalem declaration.”

“Furthermore, the fact the evangelical community’s desire to see Jerusalem being irrevocably in Israeli hands is based on religious beliefs rather than practical political concerns means that a fear of the anticipated violent reaction from Palestinians and the Arab world was easily dismissed as irrelevant by Trump and the decision-makers around him.”

Full Story here:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.827591

 


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