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Holy Kirill is Only Colonel Kurtz

“Exterminate the beasts” from the sclerotic lips of a holy Patriarch, the head of a worldwide communion. Blech on it all! I was recently invited to contribute an essay to a prominent journal of inter-religious studies in the German-speaking lands. It was a great honor to receive such an invitation, from a prominent Catholic professor of interreligious dialogue. The deadline was one week ago, I think. You see, I shined on the whole project after initially agreeing, when I reflected on what I would express there and realized that the entire point would be to take away all of this false religion. That’s what any essay I would write would want to say, whether I like it or not – – end religion, and you have world peace. Stop this blind veneration of mere Iron Age texts representing a morality which would be hideous in today’s context, and here we see it applied by the good patriarch himself.

You can’t talk from a clean software to something woefully outdated and poisonous and, here we see, barbaric in the extreme. It boggles the mind that such figures could command even a half spoonful of veneration, much less respect. And yet, in polite religious circles where in I was asked to contribute an essay, such a figure is this is merely problematic. You can’t speak frankly about how he is able to get away with all of this crap and still be called religious. The entire underlying software is never fully interrogated, to its rotten, moldy, dead core.

An icon’s transformation, from this…

“Flagellation of Christ” (Ukraine)

…to this…

…is not out of order for describing our times.

This aged old man, full of poisonous nationalism and pompous authority, gives moral power to the barbaric madness and pure malevolence of Russia’s nihilistic slouching forward to be born.

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