Σάββατο, 14 Απριλίου 2018

Phylax the demonic statue

Kostis Georgiou, a Greek artist, has flat out denied that his statue – the Phylax –  was created to honour the Devil.
But some Christians don’t believe him, and are demanding that the artwork – installed near the Palaio Faliro marina in Trokadero, south of Athens last December – should be removed.
According to this report, more than 100 Christian residents, led by a priest, converged on the statue earlier this month to wave Greek flags, brandish icons and sing hymns during a protest.
The priest sprinkled holy water on the statue to “exorcise its demons”.
The statue has suffered two vandalism attacks since its installation on December 5. What may have caused concerns among the Christians is that the Palaio Faliro Municipality named the statue “guardian-angel” of the South Athens suburb.
Mayor Dionysis Hatzidakis said the Phylax does not represent any Christian guardian angel.
Local parish priest Patapios Argyros wrote in an open letter to the Mayor:
The sculpture is a demon and a soldier of Satan that, instead of being honoured, must be despised as blasphemous to the holy trinity. It is an affront to Orthodoxy and the Christian faith.
The artist disagrees.
Who says that the colour of Satan is red? There are angels with red wings and red hair.
He told Greek Channel Skai TV the criticism was being led by “a hate preacher”.
It is supposed that the opponents are Christians but their soul is anti-Christian. The work is independent of any approach to religious symbols and emblems. If they want to demolish, let them do it. If they want to burn it, let them burn it as they were burning books in the past.
In this report of the brouhaha it’s pointed out that phylax is an ancient Greek word meaning watcher, guard, guardian or protector. It  was gifted to Palaio Faliro by the the Martinos shipping family.
The residents of the suburb have started collecting signatures to pressure the municipality to remove the sculpture.

After that the sculpture was attacked with white paint.

But that wasn't enough, they had to destroy it.

“They came with a huge truck and two jeeps and they were wearing hoods. They threw ropes over the sculpture and pulled it down. As you can understand, the wings are broken,” he said.
“They told the man in the [nearby] canteen: ‘If you warn the police or the mayor, we will burn your canteen down.’”

Πέμπτη, 29 Μαρτίου 2018

Young woman, abused since her 4th birthday, dies at the age of 29


The death of 29-year-old Elena Frantzi has distressed Cyprus society, with authorities and the media scrambling to respond to public outrage over her stepfather priest who went to prison for sexually molesting her. (1)

Elena, who had a very troubled past as a young girl, died this week. She was found dead at her home in Tseri, Nicosia, while other reports said she had collapsed and taken to the hospital but died on the way. The precise cause of death is still unknown while sources said it was sudden death.
The young woman came from a broken family and was adopted at age 4 by a priest and his wife in Ergates, Nicosia, who also had two other children. The priest spent 18 months behind bars after he was convicted on sexual abuse charges, levelled against him by his adopted daughter Elena. (2)
The girl reportedly had confided in several people that the priest abused her sexually from a very young age, as early as when she was welcomed into their home. When she was 10 years old she told Social Welfare Services, according to media reports, but nobody believed her. (3) Then, 10 years later and with emotional support from others, Elena found herself on the witness stand telling a court how her stepfather sexually abused her.

Her stepmother, who admitted on live television that she struck Elena once, is dismissing allegations that she too physically abused her stepdaughter. (4) The TV anchor in the studio was communicating with the couple, who was giving a live interview from home, telling them that the Legal Services Department had reopened a case against the wife based on the allegations.

She told viewers that she had struck Elena on the hip using a wooden spoon because she got angry, after learning that the teen -at the time- had stolen jewelry that belonged to a church.

Priest stepfather says he is innocent

The church has also been criticised for not taking action against the priest, who still enjoys some support in his community and in some circles. (5) There are also differences of opinion within the church, with the media trying to dig deeper as to how the leadership of the church handled the case. (6)

“I am innocent,” he said on live television, dismissing any and all allegations against him.

Elena's half-sister also spoke to the media in defence of her stepfather.(7)

"We shared a bedroom together with Elena, and this thing never actually happened," she said according to online daily Kathimerini.

People on social media have been posting emotional messages after learning of Elena's death, pointing out that she never had proper support as she was growing up.
1. They know how conservative the authorities are.
2. The judges didn't believe Elena, they had to believe all the experts who believed Elena.
3. Elena's record was 'lost'.
4. A Greek conservative woman had hit her daughter only once. Who believes that?
5. His community and some circles are illiterate, retrogressive and bigots. They don't care if the priest did these things or not, he is her father and she should obey and not judge him. The same is for priests, only God JHWH can judge them, not human beings.
6. No differences. The Archbishop of Cyprus tries to save the image of the Church and the Archbishop of the area tries to save himelf.
7. And no one forced her to say this?

Πέμπτη, 1 Φεβρουαρίου 2018

Is Western Civilisation age-restricted?

After finding out that BBC posted nudity photos and video, or that was the opinion of Facebook, now youtube says that following video is age-restricted.

Age-restricted content
Some videos don't violate our policies, but may not be appropriate for all audiences. In these cases, minors or logged out users may not be able to view the content.

When evaluating whether content is appropriate for all ages, here are some of the things we consider:
Vulgar language
Violence and disturbing imagery
Nudity and sexually suggestive content
Portrayal of harmful or dangerous activities

So Western Civilisation is age-restricted? The Manchester Art Gallery incident points to that direction.

Δευτέρα, 29 Ιανουαρίου 2018


The Supreme Council of Ethnic Hellenes (YSEE) has written a very good presentation of the problem the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) causes to Greece. FYROM is called Skopje by the Greeks after its capital. Their language, which they call "Macedonian" is a Bulgarian dialect, which the Yugoslavians tried to make look Serbian as much as possible.
Press Release 345/15-1-2018
It is by now well known that the Supreme Council of Ethnic Hellenes (YSEE) is the organization representing the Hellenic Ethnic Religion and not a political organization or party. For this reason it doesn't get involved in political arguments nor does it partake in public debates stemming from pseudo-ideological polarities such as left - right wing politics, communism - fascism, nationalism - internationalism.
In matters of major national importance, though, like the one about the name of our neighboring country of Skopje, we are obligated to present the historical aspects of the issue, calmly and prudently, contributing in a solution that will not harm our national interests nor will it undermine our territorial integrity and the welfare of our future generations.
There can be no debate about the Hellenic identity of the Macedonians simply because the widespread Hellenization of the known world for at least two centuries after the death of Alexander the Great had the Macedonians at the forefront. This fact is well documented by numerous historical sources as well as innumerable archaeological finds. Thus any attempt to discuss the national character of the Macedonians under any pretenses and by anyone is by default at least suspicious.
The geographic area, that the whole debate is about, was named by the Romans as Macedonia Secunda, after their conquest; in the same way they named the entire Peloponnese as Achaea despite the fact that this was especially insulting to the Spartans. This was done as a purely administrative choice of a name for the wider area of modern day Skopje, in a time when the Slavs were nowhere near the Balkan Peninsula.
In the 19th century CE, while the Ottoman Empire was collapsing the Orthodox Russians after the treaty of San Stefano in 1878, provocatively pushed the creation of a Greater Bulgaria aiming to control the entire Balkan Peninsula and the temperate waters of the Mediterranean. In this Greater Bulgaria they incorporated areas of Macedonia that belong today to Greece as well as areas that belong to Skopje and Bulgaria. In all of these newly annexed areas preexisted strong and vibrant Greek communities. With the consent of the Turks they created the Bulgarian Exarchate in opposition to the Patriarchate and caused strife in the population of the area, because those that followed the Exarchate were considered automatically Bulgarian while those that remained with the Patriarchate were thought to be Greeks. The Patriarchate of New Rome and more so the Church of Greece which had its own shortsighted interests, equated Hellenic identity to Orthodoxy, in an effort to retain its influence on the populations of the area, managed to intensify the conflicts by considering as Greeks only those that followed the Patriarchate.
It was during this time that the ideological construct of "Macedonianism" which posits that the Macedonians are not Greeks, first appeared and the dialect of the bilingual Macedonians was dubbed "Macedonian" language.
Even after the Macedonian guerrilla clashes (1904-1908), the Balkan Wars and the final border agreement with the Treaty of Bucharest in 1913, the issue is continuously brought up at various times.
Before the Second World War, when the powerless Communist Party of Greece decided to become a member of the Communist International their Bulgarian and Yugoslavian counterparts demanded as requirement for its inclusion, to declare its agreement for the creation of an independent communist state with the name Macedonia which it would had incorporated the entire Northern Greece.
At the end of the Second World War the communist Yugoslavia was formed and Tito gave the name Macedonia to the southern part of his country that until then it was known as Vardaska. Tito was hoping that in the future a chance will present itself for the borders of his country to reach all the way to the Aegean Sea.
Unfortunately at the same time, Greece was embroiled in a bloody civil war, during which all governments were besieging the western powers for their support in the conflict. These western powers were unwilling to displease Tito and Yugoslavia in expectation that he will break his relations with Moscow that were not as cordial as other communist states. For this reason the Greek governments never officially complained while the international community was well aware that Tito by using the name Macedonia was aiming at the creation of a "Macedonia of the Aegean".
It was during this period that the myth of the ancestry of the people of Skopje from Alexander the Great was first created together with irredentist ideas that have unfortunately become the prevailing ideology with which several generations have been brought up. During the 1990's when Yugoslavia was being partitioned the rhetoric from Skopje, with support from the United States, developed a very aggressive character. The United States saw Skopje and the geopolitical space as a chance for further strategic control of the Balkans.
On the Greek side, the all-powerful Orthodox Church, still trapped in the mentality that Greeks are only those that identify as Orthodox, became part of the problem and further blurred the issue by organizing massive protests. Having wide coverage and unlimited access to the Greek media it supplanted the Greek state in the eyes of the Greek people. This is the same church for which the Roman Catholic Greeks of southern Italy, the Muslim Pontians of the Black sea and the Kalash of Pakistan are not part of the Greek Nation. Its rhetoric on the subject has nothing to do with any sensibility for the promotion and protection of Hellenism (which was always hostile to) but rather it is wasted in shows aimed for internal consumption and the creation of a wider political sphere of influence.
As for the Greek State, its government and most of its political parties, the sediment is that even a solution with a geographical qualifier that includes the name Macedonia will suffice as long as the matter is settled in a timely manner. This dismisses people of Hellenic ancestry that still inhabit Skopje and more blatantly ignores the anti-Hellenic propaganda and irredentist attitudes that certain circles coordinate that ceaselessly claim that the capital of Skopje is Thessalonica.
If the people of Skopje feel Macedonians they are automatically Hellenes and the only realistic solution to the issue will be the bilateral and peaceful unification of Skopje to Greece. If on the other hand they do not want to be Greeks and do not wish to be part of a unified state then let them chose a name that does not insult History, logic, and the aesthetic sensibilities of educated people around the world.
Considering the present circumstances the acceptance of any name with the geographical, temporal, or any other prefix that uses the name Macedonia (Northern, Upper, New , Slavo- etc) does not solve the problem but rather complicates it and postpones for the future any real solution with many negative consequences.

Πέμπτη, 4 Ιανουαρίου 2018

Greece's Gods and reporters' mistakes!


(There are no sacrifices taking place. Just offerings and libations. )
Hellenism — the ancient religion built around Zeus and his pantheon — was finally recognized by the Greek government in 2017. Here’s what its followers have been up to.

Sarah Souli
(Well there are some inaccuracies in the text.)
JAN—04—2018 09:09AM EST

It all started with some genitals. Specifically Poseidon's facsimile, plaster ones.
In April 1976, Augoustinos Kantiotes, a monk from the Greek Orthodox Christian sect in Mount Athos, penned a furious article “concerning the genitals of the pagan God and the shame of Athens.” Particularly incensed by a replica of the sea god Poseidon residing erect and nude at the entrance of the Ministry of Education, Kantiotes drove across Greece to take a sledgehammer to the statue. Guards were unable to control the single-minded frenzy of an Orthodox hell-bent on protecting Christianity, and Kantiotes succeeded in smashing the statue’s extremities.
(The monk's name who destroyed the genitals of a statue of Zeus at the entrance of the Ministry was Nestor Tsoukalas. Augustinos Kantiotis was a leader of a Christian fraternity that was so powerful that as a mere preacher he forced the newly elected Archbishop of Athens and whole of Greece to resign. The Archbishop was against Christian fraternities, because they immitated Protestant entities. Kantiotis was elected as an Archbishop of Florina five years later. )
“Why do they have the idol in the Ministry?” one reporter asked the monk after police apprehended him. “Do they want to restore paganism, as did Julian the Apostate?”
“No,” the monk retorted. “They will not succeed in that.”
Vlassis Rassias was a teenager when Kantiotes’ (Tsoukalas') act of vandalism hit the Greek news. “I got a hint that Christianity was something bad,” he told me. Now the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Ethnikoi Hellenes (commonly referred to by its Greek acronym, YSEE), he is one of 2,000 active followers of the polytheistic Hellenistic religion Kantiotes (Tsoukalas) was so afraid of.
Ancient Greek religion, on which modern Hellenism is based, was a thousand-year polytheistic theology void of clergies and sacred texts. Devotees believed in 12 anthropomorphic gods — you remember Aphrodite, Hades, and their peers — under one almighty god, Zeus. Their sacred home was Mount Olympus. While proselytizing was completely unknown, atheism was rare, as the only requirement for ancient Greeks was to believe in the gods’ existence, and to perform in ritual ceremonies and sacrifices. They did not concentrate on the afterlife, as they did not believe in rewards or punishments post-mortem. Instead, they believed their dues would come in this life, and the relationship between deities and mortals was based on gift-giving.
(If one counts the Gods together, they are more than 12. 12 is the number of wholeness. They represented them as perfect humans, because humans cannot perceive something higher than an ideal representation of themselves. Mount Olympus is the highest Greek mountain so it was sacred for all Greeks as many other places, but all mountains and hills were sacred for the local Greeks. Priests are the representantives of the society towards the Gods and not the other way round as in Christianity. Proselytizing didn't make any sense. Philosophy is thinking over the afterlife.)
“Hellenism is something that supports life, and puts order to the beauty,” Vlassis said. Aside from having an encyclopedic knowledge of paganism, his duties as Secretary General include publicly representing the YSEE and coordinating any legal administration. “We have a different perception of gods. Whatever gives power to life is god, even death is god. Our perception of god is not an immortal person that does things to us.” He delivered this last statement with a chuckle.
(Gods do not need our food, drink, fragrances, etc. It is part of human nature to want to give presents.)
As Christianity began to forcefully spread in Greece, Hellenism declined. Historians point to the reign of Constantine II in the fourth century A.D. when Christianity became spread more earnestly, and prosecution against paganism began.
(Constantine II died three years after Constantine I and the latter was doing everything he could to preveledge the Christian Church and to harm the Ethnic Religions.)
In the centuries that followed, pagans were effectively wiped out from Greece. Today, Christian Orthodoxy is the official religion of Greece, enshrined in the constitution, and a fundamental aspect of Greek identity. But still, many of the things that are a source of pride and national identity for modern Greeks — architecture, literature, the Olympics, theater, philosophy, the very concept of democracy — comes from the ancient Greeks. But until this past April, worshippers were still, in a sense, discriminated against.
The YSEE was unofficially established in 1997, and is often presented as a totally modern representation of ancient Hellenism. While there were brief moments when Hellenistic believers did publicly worship, for most of Greece’s history the Orthodox Church has had a firm hold on the country’s religious identity. A firmly entrenched conservative and traditional institution, it has furiously spoken out against any pagans. “We are the modern point of a very long chain,” Yannis, a fifty-three year old geologist and modern Hellenistic believer told me. “There was no interruption to our religion, it just wasn’t on the surface of society. It went underground.”
Now, they are firmly — or at least, legally — in Greek society. On April 9, 2017, the Greek government officially recognized YSEE as a “known” religion, granting it the right to openly worship, build temples, perform marriages and funerals, and write their religious beliefs on birth certificates. It’s a huge legal step for the religion — until recently, the Greek state did not recognize any non-monotheistic religion, and even non-Orthodox Christian religions, like Protestantism and Roman Catholicism faced challenges. Greek Muslims are still struggling to build a mosque.
(Greek Muslims do have plenty of mosques in Thrace. Muslims in Athens are foreigners with no official status. As long as they have a job they are allowed to stay, but their status is not that clear.)

Modern Hellenism is often presented in today’s Greece as a kooky revival of an ancient, dead religion.
(Not only in modern Greece. There are many kooky professors in western universities that say the same crap.)
“Careful they don’t cut out your liver for sacrifice,” a friend half-jokingly told me before I went to the YSEE headquarters.
(How funny. Probably he heard somewhere that Prometheus was tied on a mountain and an eagle sent by Zeus ate his liver everyday. Well the eagle was killed by Heracles, so there is no need for human liver, funny guy. Prometheus is a God anyway and the reporter Mrs. Souli is a mortal, even if that fellow might think she is divine. A Greek renowned writer, philologist and literary critic Renos Apostolidis once published a book with the title "What the modern Greeks know about Ancient Greece". The book had only blank pages. The even funnier thing is that Christian Orthodox worship slippers, chestnuts and whatever was touched by some monks. Communists worship the mummy of Lenin and believe that it is possible that an earthly Messiah will fulfill all their needs and modern atheists believe technology will grant immortality to the human race. However if one tells them that, they will say one should respect other persons beliefs.)
The group has faced some harassment — in the 1990s, a bookstore was burned to the ground — and for years, the Greek Church decried the “satanic” modern Hellenists. But with their new legal status, they feel more secure, though some members do face problems in Greek society.
“A lot of people call me names, or they don’t accept me as their friend. Sometimes my teachers call me crazy,” fourteen year-old Aristomohos told me.
(The lad's name is probably Aristomachos, Aristomohos makes no sense. Well the priests tell the parents with whom their children should have relations and the teachers usually do not know more than there is in the coursebook. The teachers have professors who are not scientists or scholars, but just acquire their PhD somehow and then they continue earning money otherwise, making use of their titles. To become a professor one has to be approved by Church and a party; and both need obedient followers not competent professionals.)
His whole family are worshippers, and he loves his community, but navigating through high school with any small variation from “normal” is bound to be a difficult experience. Still, Aristomohos said, summoning the wisdom of his ancestors, “that’s their problem, not mine.”
(Aristomachos is right about them. Their problem is that they feel they live in an alien, evil world. So everybody is against everybody. Like the Beduin proverb with oneself vs. his brothers, him and his brothers vs. his cousins, him with his brothers and cousins vs. the world. )
Hellenism also remains a misunderstood religion. A few years ago, Greek fascists wildly missed the mark and were drawn to what they perceived as YSEE’s nationalistic identity.
(The Greeks hated tyranny and did everything to avoid it. Fascists and Communists want to follow a leader. )
“We don’t have the place to embrace totalitarianism,” Vlassis said. “The philosophy of ancient Greek religion is not compatible with fascism,” Peter, a 21-year-old economics student told me. He came to the YSEE headquarters to change the religion on his birth certificate — not because he necessarily believes in Hellenism, but because he doesn’t want to support the Christian Orthodoxy, which he views as “hypocritical… All the Nazis and nationalists I’ve seen are Christian.”
(Yes, totally true.)
This year, the Winter Solstice coincided with the Birth of Hercules on December 23. I was invited to witness the two-for-one ceremony, which celebrated both Hercules’ birthday and the slow return to summer. It took place in YSEE’s state-recognized temple, housed in a nondescript apartment building in Athens’ Museo neighborhood. Inside, a very normal-looking group of devotees milled about: a bodybuilder in a button-down, a lipsticked grandmother, a ten year-old girl adjusting her flower crown. The wine flowed freely, amongst plates of savory cheese pies and cookies. The curtains were decorated with garlands and crimson bows. “These are winter decorations,” Vlassis corrected me when I mentioned something about Christmas. “Jesus was born in the Middle East, he didn’t have wreaths.”

For the uninitiated, the visual packed less weight inside a low-ceilinged apartment then it would in the Temple of Delphi. As Vlassis pointed out, this was a religion created under the burning Mediterranean sun — fluorescent lights don’t do it justice. “Of course we prefer to worship in nature, but this is our temple. It’s more practical here,” Sophia, a 22-year-old priestess and criminology student told me. There are no plans to relocate — they’re just happy to finally have a state-recognized temple.
The half-hour long ceremony started with a slow procession of 12 priests dressed in flowing white (“the color that brings us closest to the gods,” Vlassis explained), carrying bouquets of flowers, dried nuts, and dishes of wine — all offerings for Hercules. One priest plucked away at a small harp; another beat a drum. The offerings were placed on one side of the altar, as a priestess unsheathed a knife and pointed it in four directions, while reciting a prayer in ancient Greek. “Onmyomen,” she said solemnly. (The phrase translates to “we promise before the eyes of god.”) In a synchronized movement, all the devotees placed their right hand on their heart and loudly repeated after her, nearly everyone in the room looking radiantly happy.
It felt a bit like stumbling upon a group of happily tipsy, open-minded people in really nice robes. There was a profound respect for other religions and cultures. Many of the members I met came to Hellenism through other “ethnic” religions — Vlassis studied Mayan and Native American religions, and Yannis practiced Chinese martial arts. Since they don’t believe in proselytizing, they couldn’t care less about indoctrinating new members. Instead, curious people show up voluntarily to the ceremonies, like an Australian PhD student interested in paganism who came for the Birth of Hercules.
But while the religion’s legalized status and increasingly mainstream place in society means there are more people peripherally connected to YSEE, paid membership dues have actually gone down in the last few years. Like every other facet of Greek society, the economic crisis has also touched the Hellenists, making it impossible for some devotees to afford the 60 euro yearly fee to become official members — though in the true spirit of Hellenism (and Greek hospitality), they don’t turn anyone away at the door.
“It’s a very beautiful feeling, being connected to the deities, to the aura of the world. We worship the order of the universe, and the world itself makes you feel like you are part of something bigger,” Sophia told me after the ceremony. She had taken off her priestess outfit, and was back in jeans. “It makes me want to be a better person. With Christianity I always felt like it was humans first and then the world. Now I feel like I am truly a part of this Earth.”

Τετάρτη, 29 Νοεμβρίου 2017

Greek Church ignores donors and victims

Here is the article in Greek with some attachment in Greek, however the following article is informative enough.
Church of Lesvos angers locals as it spends €100K earthquake donations in repair of churches
150,000 Australian dollars in donations were sent to Lesvos as aid for the victims of 6.4R earthquake last June. The local Metropolis decided, however, to spend the money in bricks for churches repair and not for humans in need. The outrage of the local community is big.

Diaspora Greeks in Australia generously open their wallets and responded to the donations call by the Metropolis of Australia for the victims of 6.4R earthquake in Lesvos last June. Many of the diaspora Greeks were originally from the island of Lesvos. The pictures of the devastated village of Vrisa touched them deep in their heart.

A couple of weeks later, the donations totaling 150,000 Australian Dollars, approximately 100,000 euros, were transferred to the Metropolis of Mytilini. However, the local Metropolis decided to not allocate the aid to the earthquake victims who lost their homes but to spend the donations for the repair of churches.

Rumors started to circulate on the island, local newspapers reported about the 150,000 AUD, the local Metropolis remained silent. Anger rose. Again and again the local media reported about the issue, some even posted the Metropolis of Australia call for donations for the earthquake victims.

The local church remained silent and so did the archbishops of Athens.

“Instead of allocating the aid to earthquake victims, the church is using the funds to reconstruct 23 damaged churches and chapels on the island,” athensnewsagency reported adding that on Friday, the Ephorate of Antiquities on Lesvos announced it had signed a contract with a construction company to support the Agios Nikolaos church in Plomari, which “was near collapse”.

Local media lesvosnews published a letter by the local Metropolis to the Metropolis of Australia thanking for the donations that will be used to repair the 23 earthquake-hit churches and 4 churches of the Metropolis of Mytiline. The letter is dated 13. October.

In its donation call, the Metropolis of Australia had urged the Greek-Orthodox to make a donation for the earth-quake “victims including the refugees.

Lesvosnews notes that apart from the two churches in Vrisa, no other church the Metropolis of Mytilene lists has suffered any damage. “And furthermore, the church repairs can be conducted with relevant funds from the Infrastructure Ministry.”

State broadcaster ERT published a letter by the cultural association of Vrisa residents of Athens to Metropolitan Iacovos of Mytilini. The Vrisa Association was asking for funds from the Australian gift to provide home heating for earthquake victims. The need is for “165 dehumidifiers and 70 portable heaters, totalling around 24,000 euros, as the Vrisa residents who lost their homes live in buildings only meant for the summer and have no heating,” the association said.

“Please, inform us if you intend to subsidise the purchase of these heating appliances using the funds sent by Greeks of Australia, as the purchase must be completed the soonest possible, with winter coming on,” the association’s letter concluded, attaching a list of the beneficiaries,” the Association letter adds.

So far neither the local Metropolis nor the Archbishop of Athens have responded to the letter.

The Greek-Australian donors are not happy about the relocation of the the donations for a holy purpose other than originally planned. “The call was clearly to collect donations for the earthquake victims, the people, who still suffer not being able to live in appropriate housing” a member of the Greek-Australian association told SBC Radio.

According to another local Lesvos media, Empros, the 150,000 AUD were sent on July 25th.

In July, the Pope donated 30,000 euros aiming to be spent to rebuild the school of Vrisa and another 20,000 euros for the repair of churches.

PS Apparently, the problem lies in the Greek semantics, where “earhquake-hit” (σεισμοπαθείς) is a noun used only in plural. The Metropolis of Australia wrote “earthquake-hit” in the sense of “humans”, the Church of Mytilene understood “earthquake-hit” in the sense of “bricks.”

Σάββατο, 21 Οκτωβρίου 2017

Religious fanatics protest Pessoa’s “The Hour of the Devil” in Thessaloniki


A group of some fifty people gathered outside the Aristoteleion Theater in downtown Thessaloniki on Wednesday evening in an effort to hinder the performance of play “The Hour of the Devil” by Portuguese author Fernando Pessoa. The religious fanatics and nationalists claimed the play is a “blasphemy” against Orthodoxy.
Holding Greek flags, banners reading “Orthodoxy or Death”, icons and even a wooden Jesus on the Cross, the fanatics claimed they were members of an organization using the name “Sacred Band” with reference to military troops in Ancient Greece and during the independence struggle against the Ottoman Empire.

They chanted slogans in favor of Orthodoxy and the Greek nation, sang the National Anthem and religious hymns. One of their main slogans was “Masons, get out of Greece.”
 “It is satanism a woman told me,” one of the protesters told reporters. Protesters claimed the play was showing Virgin Marycoupling the devil.
It was interesting to see among the protesters the self-proclaimed “Father” Kleomenis who called the play “blasphemy.” (Blogger's Note: Kleomenis is an Old Calendarist priest or Genuine Orthodox Christian priest. The official Church of Greece which is New Calendarist, announced that he isn't a member of them, but that's obvious.)

Kleomenis gained publicity a couple of months ago when he vandalized the Holocaust Memorial in Larissa. The Greek Church distanced from him saying he was not a priest, the prosecutor filed charges against the hate-preacher.

At some point they tried to approach the theater building. They were pushed back by police forces deployed outside the theater.

Well-known actor and protagonist Giorgos Hraniotis told local media “it is more than funny to see people protesting the play by Fernando Pessoa, it has nothing to do with satanism or similar practices.” He described the protest as “practices from the Middle Ages.”

“It is the first time I hear Pessoa was a blasphemist,” the play director said.

Members of the theater group said they have been receiving threats.

According to media, the para-religious, nationalist “Sacred Band” had attacked the Gay Pride in Thessaloniki earlier this year. Local media speak also of “nationalists organizations” and some call them “Christian-Talibans”.

Protesters did not reach their goal, the performance started as scheduled.

Nationalists website wrote about the play that it is “art in the service of the industry of darkness.”

The group plans to launch another protest today.

It is not the first time para-religious and nationalists groups protest outside theaters when they mind the plays insult the “sacred Greek ethics.”