Skip to comments.Spread of neo-paganism brings racism and violence [Russia]
Posted on 05/22/2004 12:58:59 PM PDT by Salvation
21 May, 2004 RUSSIA: Spread of neo-paganism brings racism and violence
Livna (AsiaNews/ agencies)- Neo-paganism has gathered such a following in the former Soviet Union that organizations, seminars and books are sprouting up throughout the country, claiming adherents. According to Viktor Shnirelman, compiler of the book Neo-paganism on the Expanses of Euroasia, St. Petersburg has become the main center of Russian neo-paganism, though cults and organized churches have spread throughout every part of the country.
On May 13th there was the arrests of three suspects in two incidents of arson against the church of the Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God in the city of Orel, Western Russia. In February of this year in Orel, vandals at the Russian Orthodox church broke windows, destroyed bookstalls, and attempted to set the iconostasis, which was under restoration, on fire. They left a slogan on the walls saying, The Jewish God will depart, praise to the gods and a symbol resembling a nazi swastika. Later that month, in the same church, 250 boxes of devotional candles worth 30,000 rubles were set on fire in the buildings basement.
Not far away in the same province, a worker in the Sergius Church, in the city of Livna, discovered a note in the donation box containing a threat to set the church roof on fire. The incidents at the Orel church were mentioned in the note. An investigation led by the Directorate of Internal Affairs, which specializes in monitoring radical youth and occult activity, led to the arrest of 3 young people. A 23-year old unemployed graduate of the Orel Institute of Culture and Art admitted to the crimes, stating he had recently converted to paganism, and had been drunk during the incident. Another two suspects, both 19-year-old students of the same Institute, were also arrested.
Traditional pagan beliefs have never been forgotten. Now they are being expressed more openly, Shnirelman writes.
In Siberias Omsk province this month, a provincial court ordered the liquidation of three public pagan organizations. The Ancient Russian Church of Orthodox Old Believers of Inglia, the Asgard Slavic Community, and the Slavic Community of the Temple of the Wisdom of Perun were found to be in violation of federal legislation because of propaganda and display of the symbolism that is similar enough to Nazi symbolism as to cause confusion, propaganda of the supremacy of the white race and disparagement of national dignity.
Russia was a pagan country until introduced to Christianity in 988AD. Now, Russian Orthodoxy is the countrys largest religion, though many of its members claim only nominal belief (J.C.)
"The Russian capital is home to 33 billionaires, more than any other city in the world, according to a new ranking by the Russian edition of Forbes magazine. More than Riyadh, Tokyo or London. More than poor old New York, which is home to just 31 billionaires."
"Russia's oil production rose last month by almost 10 percent compared with a year ago, the Russian Federal Statistics Service reported Friday."
"Real disposable incomes increased 11.5% year-on-year. The real wage grew 15.1% and the nominal wage grew 27.3%."
"Russia is the only country which exports oil and increases its production along with increase in demand."
"The level of anti-Semitism in Russia is lower than in France and many other European countries, Russias chief rabbi Berl Lazar was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying Wednesday."
"Some of the charm Russia holds for expatriates is the comparatively low rent and high salaries."
" Speaking of taxes, remember that Ben Franklin quote about death and taxes? Well, the Russian employers will generally pay the Russian taxes for you, and you dont owe the IRS a red cent if you made less than $80K while working abroad."
"Public prayer was held in St. Petersburg on Thursday for motorists who had made the mandatory liability insurance payments on their cars.
The service in the Petropavlovsky Cathedral had been commissioned by Rosgosstrakh-Severo-Zapad, an insurance company. It included a memorial service for Russian Empress Catherine the Great, the founder of Russian insurance business, and a prayer for the health of all drivers and their relatives.
Marina Bogdanova, the insurance companys press secretary, was quoted by the Izvestia newspaper as saying that this is a joint long-term project. Such public prayers will be held regularly and not just in the Petropavlovsky Cathedral. She added that each person who purchased an insurance policy would be included in a special list to be mentioned in a prayer if he or she wished.
Drivers now receive insurance policies together with a little self-adhesive icon of St.Nicholas, a candle and a booklet about the prayer mentions. The icon is easily glued to the dashboard.
The company declined to answer how much it had paid to the church for these prayers, the paper wrote. Reverend Aleksander Fedorov who had performed the service, did not comment either.(snip)
"The Going Together youth movement held a rally on Sparrow Hills in Moscow on Friday to mark the inauguration of President Vladimir Putin and the organizations fourth anniversary"
"He recalled that since the movement was established four years ago it has held numerous actions aimed at drawing attention to the situation in Chechnya and on the Russian book market, as well as in support of the Russian Orthodox Church."
"Some 15,000 people took part in the rally"
Better yet, we call tolerance what is really political correctness. The rights of those who are intolerant, indecent, disrespectful, even hateful of your culture, are promoted. The rights of those whose culture is being desecrated are ignored.
To put it plainly: the rights of the inconsiderate punks who blast their radios are respected, while their music is forcefully pumped into your ears, and through your walls. The fact that you would rather listen to something else or nothing else is irrelevant. In other words, in the "civilized" rights system, you have no right to be outraged over someone violating your ears. You are to submit, smile and tolerate your forced entertainment.
That logic explains a great deal of why we have problems in such quantities that we can export them to other places as something we euphamistically and proudly call "culture.".
**Maybe your time would be better spent praying for Boston instead.**
Wouldn't be a bad idea, either.
Is Newsweek believable?
Simple pistis is sufficient.
Indeed. The West could profit from it.
Which source is believable? Do you have a list of absolutely believeable news sources?
Even a stopped clock is correct twice a day.
Man, did I just yank your chain or what? LOL.
embrace? Is that the word? Like the way German Jews embraced Nazi fascism? Is that right?
But not to worry, the Roman Catholic west defeated it for you. Here, have your country back courtesy of our blood and efforts.
Ok, lecture us with a history lesson on how the Roman Catholic west defeated Communism in Russia. This I've got to hear. Please elaborate for us about the "blood and efforts" you mention. I heard it collapsed from internal problems, but obviously I was misinformed. By all means, set the record straight.
And don't let the sarcasm hit you on the way out, Holmes.
Oh no, I had a GREAT TIME reading about all the changes for the good in Russia. I thank you for sending me to find all those articles. It was uplifting beyond measure.
Kind of like your priesthood has embraced pedophilia.
Yours are much more enduring today, of course.
Is Asia news a reliable source?