I am, nonetheless, outraged at this behaviour, and Christian teachers ought to express outrage–not just secular journalists or appalled believers of other faiths. We need to say, “This is not our religion. These people are wolves in sheep’s clothing, pretenders and perverters.” We want Muslim neighbours to denounce extremists in their religion around the world? We Christians need to do the same.… …The issues, however, are globally relevant. Hypocrisy by church leaders, deliberate confusion (“We’ll forgive even as we seek crushing revenge”), sanctimony, unholy alliances–such matters are hardly confined to Russia or the Orthodox. And a cursory glance over the history of this weblog will indicate that my gaze usually falls on matters much closer to home. To those I will undoubtedly return soon. But for now, a few minutes of solidarity with desperate people in terrible circumstances trying to do something constructive—as I see the Pussy Riot performance as being. And it has in fact exposed the fraudulence of the mightiest men in Russian government and church, so my hat is off to them.
“Pussy Riot” and Churchly Hypocrisy (via azspot)
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