17591Re: [orthodox-synod] Re: The MP, the ROCOR and ecumenism
- Aug 7, 2006In a message dated 8/7/2006 8:49:53 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
But then, perhaps some were disappointed that the G8 summit was held
> the dark, dismal, atheist, autocratic Russia and that Russian Churchviolence
> hierarchs and leading Russian historians and sociologists were telling
> delegates about how to deal with inter-religious violence. But then,
> what's wrong with that? After all, Russia didn't know religious
> until 1917. Russia didn't exterminate its native populations. RussiaAleks, making statements like the above seriously compromises your
> didn't forcibly convert anyone to (or from) anything.
credibility. The one thing you can say about the Romanovs, since the accession of
Mikhail Feodorovich, is that they have gone out of their way to ruthlessly
suppress and exterminate Russia's native populations, they just haven't been
terribly successful at it. It has nothing to do with some type of religious point
of view. It's sort of a Russian tradition: Bulgars -- hey, we even have a
saint called "The Bulgar Slayer", Koryaks, Chukchi, Itelmen, most of the
Central Asian states (remember the sieges of the Khanate of Bukhara? And the
reason that the Russians have such major problems in Chechnya today is because
they have been ruthlessly hunting Chechens for more than 300 years. Stalin,
like Hitler, just perfected technique.
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