Sunday, July 28, 2013

A Day in the Life of Kirill I, Putin, Rubio and Portman

The Beatles "A Day in the Life"  is a mixture of news stories presented as a dream sequence:  imagery, melody, beat, and meter are gloriously jumbled up.   

I read the news today oh boy
about a lucky man who made the grade

and though the news was rather sad

well i just had to laugh

The song popped in my head, for no particular reason, as I was reading about Putin's meeting with Patriarch Kirill I of the Russian Orthodox Church.  

The Russians and Ukranians are latecomers to Christianity.  The Primary Chronicle, a history of the Kievan Rus, reports that in the year 987 Vladimir sent envoys to the surrounding lands to figure out what religion he should adopt.  The envoys reported back that the Muslims of the Volga were an unhappy lot, they considered Judaism and felt that since the Jews lost Jerusalem God must have abandoned them,  but they were smitten with what they saw at the Sophia Hagia in Constantinople :  "'We no longer knew whether we were in heaven or on earth,' they reported, describing a majestic Divine Liturgy in Hagia Sophia, 'nor such beauty, and we know not how to tell of it.'"  The clinching consideration was the strategic marriage with 27 year old princess Ann, daughter of Byzantine Emperor  Basil II.  

Here is Sophia Kishkosvky on Putin's meeting with Kirill I on Saturday in Moscow: 
Patriarch Kirill invoked the concept of the Holy Rus, referencing Russia, Ukraine and Belarus as a unified spiritual expanse united under the faith.  .... 
The patriarch has sought to unify the faithful with warnings of the encroachment of secular values.  He recently warned that legislative efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in Europe posed a grave threat to Russia. 
 "This is a very dangerous apocalyptic symptom, and we must do everything so that sin is never validated by the laws of the state in the lands of Holy Rus, because this would mean that the people are starting on the path of self-destruction," he said at a Moscow cathedral, according to the Web site of the Moscow Patriarchate   He previously said that such "blasphemous laws" could prove as dangerous to believers as the executioners of the Great Terror during the government of Stalin.
The church's views have increasing resonance in the political debate in Russia, where Parliament adopted laws in June banning "gay propaganda" and the adoption of children by foreign same sex couples.  
In a film called "The Second Baptism of Rus," shown recently on Russian state television, Mr. Putin credited Prince Vladimir's choice of religion with 'building a centralized Russian state,' something he sees as a cornerstone of his leadership.  ...He described Communism as 'just a simplified version of the religious principles shared by practically all the world's traditional religions."  
In the meantime, Republican party leaders, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Robert Portman are demagoguing religious doctrine by introducing a bill in the Senate to ban abortion 20 weeks after conception.  Ted Cruz is looking for votes beyond his home state of Texas.  Rubio and Portman are appeasing their base  who did not like their support of immigration legislation (Rubio), and gay marriage (Portman).  

I read the news today oh, boy 
Four thousand holes in blackburn, lancashire 
And though the holes were rather small 
They had to count them all 
Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the albert hall 
I'd love to turn you on

1 comment:

  1. I have been reading "The Town." It's gotten a lot of press since it is about the press. Specifically the press covering Washington. It gives me perspective on Cruz and Rubio. not relevant.
    Cruz and Rubio are running for President by following the Obama playbook. Or a variation thereof. They are appealing to a base of people who listen to and enjoy Rush and Hannity and Glenn Beck.
    These people believe that Washington is a den of profit, hungry vipers who stay in Washington to get rich.
    And Cruz and Rubio are right.
    And they will also stay in Washington. Or at least benefit from the lobbying media complex that is centered on the East Coast.

    Still...I'm glad I'm not in Russia. That is one giant bad neighborhood.