After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways ... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church. ~St. Philaret of NY


Tree of Terror

PHOTO: Palestinian Christmas Tree Of Terror Displays ‘'Ornaments' Of Jew Killers
Palestinian Christmas Tree of Terror
by Breitbart Jerusalem8 Dec 2015

TEL AVIV – A Christmas tree erected on the campus of a West Bank university is decorated with pictures of Palestinian terrorists in lieu of traditional ornaments.  The tree, placed on the grounds of Al Quds University, has come under fire for portraying jihadist 'martyrs,' including terrorists involved in the recent wave of Palestinian violence against Israelis. This is in line with the Palestinian Authority’s continued glorification of such 'martyrs', which includes naming sports tournaments and roads after terrorists.

The tree also displays a picture of Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. A photo of the tree has been making the rounds on Twitter. Pictured standing alongside the tree is Palestinian bishop Atallah Hanna.

The pro-Israel group StandWithUs commented, “This is especially ironic considering many of these terrorists would have had no problem whatsoever with killing Jesus himself today, as he was a Jew in the land of Israel.”

A shot of the tree originally posted by the university’s Instagram account was shared by Twitter user Rachel Steinmetz, who commented, “Faces of dead #Palestinian terrorists used as ornaments on #Christmas tree in #Gaza, where #Terrorists grow on trees.”

"Using Christmas to glorify Islamic terrorists is insane,” StandWithUs noted.


Joanna said...

This comment was forwarded to me by somebody on Archimandrite Alexis' emailing list the day before, and it is not a response to the above post. Just FYI. ~jh

FW: Politics !
From: Archimandrite Alexis
Sent: Saturday, December 12, 2015 4:51 AM
To: Undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Politics !

Dear-in-Christ, Everyone, bless!

The world is in turmoil, as is evident from news from all quarters, and here at the Brotherhood we receive many postings expressing political views and concerns. Politics being seen as a solution!

As our congregation has been gathered "from among the nations," many of these views are heavily coloured by nationalistic preconceptions and bias. To love one's own country is perfectly natural and perhaps even praiseworthy, but such a love should have limits, and "there is another country."

Many of these views, though, are completely unfounded or even downright silly. Many of them give rise to pointless speculations, about a third World War, which world-leader is a good thing and which a bad, etc. Some raise pseudo-apocalyptical forebodings. Surely such things fall into the same category as those things which the Apostle censures: "Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith" (1 Tim.1:4).

More dangerously, some of these views even verge on promoting the blanket condemnation of whole groups or races of people, and are thus incitements to hatred. We have seen all too clearly recently that such hatred leads to what Prince Charles has called "a cult of death and destruction." It is not our part as Christians to repay hatred with hatred.

Therefore, I found the clip below very heartening. I have no idea if this young man is a Christian or not, but he can certainly teach us a thing or two. He has suffered and yet does not return hatred with hatred. Not for the first time in my life I have found someone outside the fold of the Church who, by their sobriety, their wisdom and understanding, shames many of us who are within:


Forgive me, and pray for us.
With love in Christ,
A, Sinner

Joanna said...

A heterodox article we can learn from:

Joanna said...

Politics! UGH!
All we need to know is what our Church has already told us:
1. Antichrist will establish one world government and one world church.
2. We can not stop this evil, Christ says it must come before He does.
3. To save our souls we must not get caught up in the evil of our times. (St. Ignatius Brianchaninov)
4. Our Church services repeat that the Muslims are the centuries-old enemy of Christianity.

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