The Russian Orthodox Church is under fire for publishing a calendar last January, 2015. It is devoted to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. Now, in May, 2015 – the Patriarch is breaking links with churches who marry LBGT persons. He says that the Russian Orthodox Church is “Moral” and yet it published this calendar?
Stalin was responsible for the death of at least 20 million people
He said it himself: “One death is a tragedy, one million is a statistic,” and Stalin sure left one. Throughout his reign (of terror), the dictator was responsible for the death of 20 million citizens . He also imprisoned, tortured, exiled, starved, and forced persons into labour camps in Siberia and other places.
The calendar, published by the printing house of the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius Monastery in Moscow, presents photos and biographical information documenting Stalin’s evolution from a young seminary student in his native Georgia to the gray-haired Soviet leader. It sells for 200 rubles or $6 US.
Russian Criticism Follows
Mikhail Babkin, a noted Russian historian specialized in Russian Orthodox Church studies, fuelled the controversy on January 8, 2015, by posting photos on LiveJournal. “The link between the Moscow Patriarchy of the Russian Orthodox Church and Stalin,” he wrote, “remains close to sacred.”
His post has sparked a flurry of outraged comments.
“The Russian Orthodox Church has long turned into a business structure and churches into shops offering religious services,” wrote one reader. “Worshippers are only considered to be sources of wealth.”
“It’s shameful, a disgrace and an insult against all those who died” under Stalin’s rule, another one said.
The Orthodox Church said it fired the head of the printing house, but there was no word of the calendar being recalled from stores or churches.
Is it Moral to Cause a Famine in Ukraine?
Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union, set in motion events designed to cause a famine in the Ukraine to destroy the people there seeking independence from his rule. As a result, an estimated 7,000,000 persons perished in this farming area, known as the breadbasket of Europe, with the people deprived of the food they had grown with their own hands.
By mid 1932, nearly 75 percent of the farms in the Ukraine had been forcibly collectivized. On Stalin’s orders, mandatory quotas of foodstuffs to be shipped out to the Soviet Union were drastically increased in August, October and again in January 1933, until there was simply no food remaining to feed the people of the Ukraine.
Much of the hugely abundant wheat crop harvested by the Ukrainians that year was dumped on the foreign market to generate cash to aid Stalin’s Five Year Plan for the modernization of the Soviet Union and also to help finance his massive military buildup. If the wheat had remained in the Ukraine, it was estimated to have been enough to feed all of the people there for up to two years.
Stalin sealed off the borders of the Ukraine, preventing any food from entering, in effect turning the country into a gigantic concentration camp. Soviet police troops inside the Ukraine also went house to house seizing any stored up food, leaving farm families without a morsel. All food was considered to be the “sacred” property of the State. Anyone caught stealing State property, even an ear of corn or stubble of wheat, could be shot or imprisoned for not less than ten years.
Starvation quickly ensued throughout the Ukraine, with the most vulnerable, children and the elderly, first feeling the effects of malnutrition. The once-smiling young faces of children vanished forever amid the constant pain of hunger. It gnawed away at their bellies, which became grossly swollen, while their arms and legs became like sticks as they slowly starved to death.
We hate gays and love Stalin.
Scott Lively – have you got your calendar? You loved your visits to the Russian Orthodox Church.