Friday, July 1, 2022

A Look at the Kennedy v Bremerton Decision

 

Like Dobbs, this decision on public prayer isn’t quite how it’s being portrayed by conservative folks.  Yes, the liberal justices declare their desire for the official imposition of atheism upon public life, which we don’t agree with, but the conservative justices don’t answer this with a vigorous affirmation of Christian culture – what they uphold for an ideal is everyone getting along peacefully in a pluralistic society.  In other words, relativism, which is the bane of Truth and of a stable, transmittable culture.

And along with that, as so often happens, the federal Supreme Court has no jurisdiction in this case at all, as the 1st Amendment applies only to the uS Congress, not to the States or to local institutions.  What should apply here are the provisions of Washington State’s constitution regarding free speech and religious liberty:

Sections 5 & 11

https://leg.wa.gov/CodeReviser/Pages/WAConstitution.aspx#ARTICLE_I

Nor are the justices saved in their intervention by the phony Incorporation Doctrine of the 14th Amendment:

https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2022/06/incorporation-applying-the-bill-of-rights-to-the-states/

It is ironic but not unexpected that the federal Supreme Court is not being consistent with its federalism doctrine:  They upheld the principle in Dobbs but reject it in this case.

A final note relating to the SC’s supposed friendly stance toward religious liberty – They once again upheld a State’s covid vaxx mandate that has no religious exemption provision:

https://apnews.com/article/covid-us-supreme-court-health-maine-new-york-54400f5a7ad9456edef709ee6fb0f38c

We cannot rely the federal SC to fix all our problems.  It is better, it is necessary, to build up strong local and State authorities and institutions instead that can protect us when the storms break upon us.

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Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!

Anathema to the Union!

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Remembrances for July – 2022

 

Dear friends, if you have time, please pray for these members of the Southern family on the day they reposed.  Many thanks.

But one may ask:  ‘What good does it do to pray for the departed?’  An answer is offered here:  https://orthochristian.com/130608.html

Along with prayers and hymns for the departed:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6je5axPodI

July 3rd

John Crowe Ransom, one of the leaders of the Vanderbilt Agrarians and a leading 20th century writer and teacher.

https://tennesseeencyclopedia.net/entries/john-crowe-ransom/

July 6th

Paul Hamilton Hayne, one of the South’s best poets.

https://www.scencyclopedia.org/sce/entries/hayne-paul-hamilton/

https://docsouth.unc.edu/southlit/hayne/hayne.html

July 9th

Sir William Berkeley, a colonial governor of Virginia whose influence is felt within Southern culture to this day.

https://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Berkeley_Sir_William_1605-1677

July 9th

Pierre d’Iberville, Canadian soldier and explorer, the founder of the first permanent French settlement in Louisiana.

https://64parishes.org/entry/pierre-le-moyne-diberville-2

July 9th

Augustus Baldwin Longstreet, one of the great figures of Southern literature for his comic work Georgia Scenes, but also an active preacher and a leader of four universities.

https://georgiawritershalloffame.org/honorees/augustus-baldwin-longstreet

July 17th

Gen James Johnston Pettigrew, a good example of a Southern gentleman.

https://www.ncpedia.org/biography/pettigrew-james-johnston

July 23rd

Eudora Welty, one of the South’s best writers.

https://eudorawelty.org/biography/

July 25th

Wilmer Mills, a gifted Louisiana poet who died young.

https://www.timesfreepress.com/obits/2011/jul/28/wilmer-mills/16401/

https://kirkcenter.org/essays/wilmer-mills-the-poet-as-maker/

July 29th

John Slidell, an important diplomat during the War.

http://www.thelatinlibrary.com/chron/civilwarnotes/slidell.html

July 30th

George Fitzhugh, a helpful critic of the pure capitalist economic system.

https://docsouth.unc.edu/southlit/fitzhughcan/bio.html

July 31st

Randolph Shotwell, a gifted writer, and a microcosm of the suffering South as she went through the War and Reconstruction.

https://www.abbevilleinstitute.org/randolph-shotwell-in-war-and-prison/

Also, to celebrate some of the saints of July from the South’s Christian inheritance of various lands, follow this link on over if you’d like:

http://confiterijournal.blogspot.com/2020/08/happy-feast-for-saints-of-july.html

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Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!

Anathema to the Union!

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

A Look at the Dobbs Decision

 

A few things stand out after reading through the federal Supreme Court’s Dobbs v Jackson decision, along with its concurrences and dissent, which returned the regulation of abortion to each of the 50 States.

-Beginning with the dissent, it becomes clear that the insistence on a ‘right’ to abortion is deeply rooted in the desire of some women to reject their place in the hierarchy God created.  Pro-abortion women do not want to be mothers, caregivers, or subordinates to and dependents upon husbands; they want to make themselves into the equivalent of men by being able to kill their children if and when it is necessary so they can pursue their careers, participate in the economy, etc., just like men.

The sin of envy is clearly at work here.  The Holy Fathers of the Orthodox Church have some memorable things to say that bear directly on this situation.  St John Chrysostom (+407) says that envy leads to murder, which needs no further comment:

https://www.orthodoxchurchquotes.com/2014/10/09/st-john-chrysostom-envy-is-the-mother-of-murder/

The Holy Elder Anatoly of Optina Monastery (+1894) relates the following:

‘Wherever God is — there is peace. And the opposite is self-evident: where there is envy, enmity, impatience, self-love — there is the devil. Wherever the devil is — there, everything is ruinous, proud and hostile.’

https://www.orthodoxchurchquotes.com/2015/08/18/st-anatoly-of-optina-wherever-god-is-there-is-peace-and-the-opposite-is-self-evident/

Ruinous, proud, hostile – this is a good description of family life in the age of feminist/abortion ‘rights’.  When men and women reject their places in the God-ordained hierarchy of the family and society, there will be chaos.  But different roles for men and women do not mean that one is more valuable than another.  Men leading in the family, in politics, in the Church; men being the primary bread-winners; men acting as protectors of their wives and little ones; women nursing and raising the children, watching over their homes, giving support to their husbands; the children obeying both mother and father – these are all equally noble when done in the spirit of Christ-like love and humility.

The Orthodox Church speaks quite powerfully on these points.

‘"Equality is known to produce strife. Therefore God allowed the human race to be a monarchy, not a democracy. And the family is constructed in a similar way to a monarch’s army, with the husband holding the rank of monarch, the wife as general, and the children also given stations of command."

‘— St John Chrysostom, Homily 34 on First Corinthians.’

And from a contemporary priest, Fr Sergei Rybakov:

 

‘"A lot depends on how the the hierarchy is setup. Previously, families had a patriarchal structure, in which a wife traditionally came to her husband each morning to request a blessing for the day. She also brought the children, who would receive blessings from their father. He would bless each of them with his right hand. This is the patriarchal way of the Orthodox family.”

 

‘“But then, due to spiritual impoverishment and the influence of liberal ideas, the man ceased to be recognized as a patriarch. As a result, a modern woman rarely fulfills what the apostle has commanded — not to teach, but to learn from her husband at home (1 Timothy 2:12; 1 Corinthians 14:35). There is no one to learn from now, and worldly wisdom is not enough. The soul of the woman remains hungry, and thus a kind of madness begins. She desires to seize power in the family. The child is often used as an excuse." 

 

‘"And thus there is a restructuring of the entire family. The child becomes the head of the family, who is served by the mother. The child becomes an idol, the woman becomes his priestess, and the man becomes an economic appendage. As a result, the entire family structure is destroyed, and the man leaves the family to find a place where he feels more comfortable. Thus the family falls apart.”’

The sources of the two quotes have much more of value in them on this subject:

https://russian-faith.com/hes-king-shes-queen-christian-marriage-patriarchal-community-n1926

https://russian-faith.com/family-values/patriarchy-preserves-christian-families-feminism-destroys-them-russian-orthodox-priest

The family as God made it is bright and beautiful and joyful.  To apply the hammer of renovation to it only brings ugliness and sorrow.  The miserable condition of the family in the uS offers abundant proof of that.

-For all the common sense in the Dobbs ruling, there is a horrible absence:  The words God, Christ, and Christian are nowhere to be found in it.  It is an entirely secular decision, which confirms yet again that the ‘American experiment in ordered liberty’ is not a Christian enterprise.  It uses Christianity (and religion in general) to prop up the political and economic systems that it finds desirable, but its usefulness ends there.

This is an inversion of the traditional view of Church and state, wherein the state acts as a protector and supporter of the Church.  And it is a perversion of the end for which man was made:  union with God through Christ and His Body the Church, preparation for the next life, not an earthly life of comfort and happiness through the acquisition of much property, not the creation of a this-worldly utopia.

The sparsity of monasticism in the States illustrates fairly clearly where the focus of their peoples is:  this world, this life, not the life after death where we will be forever in the presence of God.

-One word that is very much present throughout Dobbs, however, is the word ‘nation’; it is used 113 times according to Adobe’s PDF search feature, which is a little more than once every two pages.  This shows a gross misunderstanding of the federal Supreme Court justices about the nature of the united States.  They are not one nation, indivisible; they are 50 nations joined in a voluntary union; they are several unique cultural regions, co-existing with one another.  If more people held a broader view of what the States are and how they should be organized and governed, there would probably be fewer nightmarish rulings like Roe to contend with.

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We are glad, of course, to see the cancer of Roe v Wade and its offspring cut out of the body of uS law, but what Dobbs ultimately shows is that the South, New England, and the rest of the States have need of more, not less, repentance in the weeks and years ahead.

Yet this was already the case.  For the effects of murdering 63 million babies are not quickly nor easily cleansed from our collective soul.

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Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!

Anathema to the Union!

Friday, June 24, 2022

Offsite Post: ‘Serbia under the Turkish Yoke: What the South Can Learn’

 

It is disheartening to see the ongoing destruction of the monuments erected to honor our Southern forebears.  There is, however, a bright ray of light shining in Serbian history that should give Dixiefolk hope for our future.

The story begins several hundred years ago, with the repose of St Savva, the beloved archbishop and patron saint of Serbia:


After his death in Trnovo, Bulgaria on January 14, 1235 Saint Savva was buried in the Cathedral of the Forty Martyrs. On May 6, 1237 his relics were carried in procession from Trnovo to Mileshevo Monastery in Serbia. When the casket was opened, the relics were found to be incorrupt, and produced an ineffable fragrance. In 1253, the Serbian Orthodox Church glorified the holy hierarch Savva as a Saint.

Because of the intense love of the people of Serbia for their archpastor, he became a source of inspiration for the Serbs after the Muslim Turks conquered their land:


Following the Battle of Kosovo on June 25, 1389, the Serbian nation fell under the Turkish Yoke. During this period the Serbs continued to visit the tomb of Saint Savva, asking him to give them the strength to endure the oppressive persecution they suffered at the hands of the Turks. His icon was placed on their flags, and the faithful turned to the Saint for encouragement, consolation, and healing.

Here the parallels with Southern history begin to come into view, as Southerners, during the dark days of Lincoln’s war and in the aftermath, were often consoled, encouraged, and uplifted by the news or the presence or the recounting of the deeds of the patriarchs they loved ardently, like Lee, Forrest, and Jackson.

In their efforts to quell the resistance of the Serbs, the Turks made the decision to burn the holy relics of St Savva:


Following the Battle of Kosovo on June 25, 1389, the Serbian nation fell under the Turkish Yoke. During this period the Serbs continued to visit the tomb of Saint Savva, asking him to give them the strength to endure the oppressive persecution they suffered at the hands of the Turks. His icon was placed on their flags, and the faithful turned to the Saint for encouragement, consolation, and healing.

Likewise, those who hate the South are attempting to undermine what remains of our yearning for independence by destroying the memorials of our heroes.

Yet the Turks’ burning of St Savva’s relics did not have the desired effect:

 . . .

The rest is at https://www.reckonin.com/walt-garlington/serbia-under-the-turkish-yoke-what-the-south-can-learn.

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Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!

Anathema to the Union!

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Protestant Evangelicals Are Virtue-Signaling Mighty Heavily about Juneteenth

 

Tony Perkins praised it on his show on Monday:

https://www.tonyperkins.com/get.cfm?i=LR22F15

Christianity Today got in on the act earlier:

https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2022/june-web-only/juneteenth-history-slavery-freedom-jubilee-church-faith.html

Never you mind that Juneteenth is historically inaccurate,

https://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/juneteenth-revisited/

Or that it is an attempt by the Elite to push ugly ideologies into our souls:

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2022/06/tho-bishop/juneteenth/

Just accept the ‘current thing’ and the Establishment will surely smile upon us!

There are more danger signs, however, for Evangelicals and for the Southerners who count themselves among their number –

-An essay by an Evangelical historian and theologian asks folks to accept a true domestic terrorist, John Brown, as a great Christian hero:

https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2022/june-web-only/john-brown-bible-quote-evangelical-faith.html

A more sober assessment of Mr Brown is here:

https://www.abbevilleinstitute.org/john-browns-body/

-Southern Baptists refuse to stand up for their creedal statement that pastors should only be men:

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2022/june/saddleback-women-pastor-southern-baptist-bfm-rick-warren.html

An Orthodox explanation of why deacons, priests, and bishops must be men perhaps will help them:

http://ww1.antiochian.org/midwest/Articles/The_Orthodox_Priest_An_Ikon_Of_Christ.htm

-And Dr Richard Land makes a joke of himself by pretending that his removal of a picture of Oak Alley Plantation from his house is a great victory for the forces of racial justice/reconciliation (will he call for the destruction of these pretty plantations because of their association with what he calls ‘the monstrous and dehumanizing system and culture [they] symbolized’?):

https://www.christianpost.com/voices/cultural-awareness-but-not-woke-warrior.html

The lives of the freed slaves of Liberia might give Dr Land a different point of view:

https://www.abbevilleinstitute.org/dixie-africanus/

Now is a good time for Southerners to reconsider their religious affiliations; hopefully they will see that the Orthodox Church is their best choice:

https://southernorthodox.org/

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Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!

Anathema to the Union!