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The Orthodox Time-Machine: Back to the Past

September 20, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

I usually don’t rant about things that might touch certain people’s sensibilities and offend them, because it’s the right thing to do and I`m a decent human being. NOT! I rant about offensive things ALL the time, and this is no exception.  If you’re offended by what you`re about to read, it means you’re too brainwashed by religion to understand the danger it poses to any individual with more than shit-for-brains.

Fact 1: Romania is a secular state.

Fact 2: Religion is taught to grades 1-12 in Romanian PUBLIC schools.

Fact 3: A highschool student has recently been humiliated in front of his peers by his religion teacher for being an atheist. This has gotten a certain amount of press coverage, bringing with it hundreds of comments from medieval, brainwashed orthodox christians calling the child and his supporters devil worshippers, and even going so far as issuing death threats towards atheists, and exposing their fundamentalist belief system. This made me feel a bit like I was living in Iran. And if things continue the way they are, with the church’s authority growing, and the clergy above and beyond the reach of law, Romania is soon to become a full-fledged theocracy. I hope it doesn’t.

Fact 4: This is not a singular case. In churches, Orthodox priests preach xenofobia, discrimination and hatred against any and all religions that are not Orthodox to people not intelligent enough to discern truth from orthodox brainwashing. No other christian denomination (that I know of) teaches it’s followers explicitly to discriminate against, hate, and socially isolate those that are not of the same faith. Talk about “Religion of love”, eh?  Fortunately, there is a positive aspect in all of this: the number of fundamentalists is still relatively low. Most orthodox believers are not as hate-fueled as the church would have them be. A number of believers adhere to orthodoxy for social reasons and less so from true belief, and they too have become very vocal against the abuses of the clergy.

Fact 5: In Romania there currently are 18.300 (eighteen thousand three hundred) churches, but only 4700 (four thousand seven hundred) middle schools and 425 (four hundred and twenty five!!!) hospitals.

Conclusion: If things continue on this downward spiral, with the State too afraid to put it’s foot down and stop treating the church like a porcelain doll, with priviledges growing every day and money being pumped from local budgets into the black hole of the churches`pocket, we’re not far from the days when the orthodox clergy will yet again build pyres for burning “infidels” like in the good`ol medieval times when they could rule with no questions asked. When I wished for a time machine, I never imagined the Orthodox Church had already built one, primed and ready to take Romania straight back to the dark ages.

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  1. September 20, 2011 at 12:48

    Once again being said: In Romania there are 21459 churches from wich 18764 of them are orthodox churches. This number, 18764, does not include all the Orthodox monuments public funded for built in the last 20 years, like the huge crosses from Timis county or the crosses from most of the Romanian entrance and exists of villages.

  2. Oly
    September 20, 2011 at 13:00

    Lucian: thank you for the update in numbers. I wasn’t sure i had them right.

  3. Booomer
    September 20, 2011 at 13:14

    The State being afraid afraid of the church is not the proper expression IMO. Although one can find a perspective in which such a statement would prove true.
    The politicians know very well the masses can be influenced through the mouths of priests.
    Therefore a lot of money flows towards the churches, and mainly to the Orthodox one, that claims – according to the latest census of 2002- that it ‘covers’ ~87% of the population.
    If the budget from the national administration is rather visible and it’s not very easy to ‘adjust’ – not that is very hard, it’s been done a few times, the budget from the local prefectures and cities it’s not that easy to follow, and the same ‘adjustment’ it’s being done. It’s being done so that – at the next elections run – either local or national – the ‘benefactors’ of the church and their parties will be mentioned, directly or indirectly to the electors that do come to churches on sundays and some other days. Brainwashing at its best.
    On the other hand, unfortunately, the quality of the educational system is going downhill. And it’s been going downhill for the past 15 years and more. That means a less educated and more easily manipulatable mass of people.

    • Oly
      September 20, 2011 at 13:22

      Booomer, I know the situation well. I was born and raised here,and for some masochistic reason unknown even to me, I still live here. I chose to make an atheist blog in English to expose these kinds of things to the world. The term “afraid” is not the best to use, as you said. I’m aware that the state uses the Church for political manipulation, and in exchange, turns a blind eye to all the dangerous practices and brainwashing it’s responsible for.

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