“Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them,

and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

But it shall not be so among you:

but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto,

but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28, KJV)

The word the Athenians used for their Assembly was Ekklesia, the same word used in the New Testament for Church
(and it is the greatest philological irony in all of Western history that this word,
which connoted equal participation in all deliberation by all members,
came to designate a kind of self-perpetuating, self-protective Spartan gerousia -
which would have seemed patent nonsense to Greek-speaking Christians of New Testament times,
who believed themselves to be equal members of their Assembly.)

- Thomas Cahill, Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter


Sunday, November 21, 2010

The PC's Delusions of Victimhood

A while back, John Saltas wrote an article in his City Weekly newspaper on the subject of the “miracle” at Prophet Elias. The commentaries that the article engendered caused quite a stir. One in particular caught my interest. Presumably written by an elected, though anonymous parish council member (when we actually were allowed to have REAL elections) he or she contends that the Parish Council has been “forced” to divide our community. Further there is the contention that this person just happened to be in office at a time when “the entire community put ourselves in a position to allow this to happen to us.” (When speaking of “us”, is the presumed parish council member speaking of the community, thus blaming the true victim? Or is “us” the parish council, the supposed “victim”?)

The presumed council member says there is a “vocal minority” decrying their efforts. Contrary to his or her assertions, the notion of what is within the Metropolitan’s power is subject to debate, regardless of ongoing theocracy ruses. We, this community as a whole, own our community’s assets. The assertion that, after having snuck around like thieves in the night and appointing three unauthorized persons to effect in secret a coup d’etat (or rather a coup d’eglise) to acquire, illegally, half this community’s assets on behalf of a demonstrably TINY minority, and then claiming to be equitable and humble when dividing OUR PROPERTY without OUR CONSENT is simply nauseating. To utter that this outrage was “forced” upon the Parish Council is ludicrous at best, utterly cowardly and hypocritical at worst.

If in fact the Parish Council harbors such delusions of “victimhood” and of being “forced and coerced” by the Metropolitan, there is and has always been a simple, honorable solution. Acquire some self-respect and intestinal fortitude and do what your forefathers would have done: resign.

Resign, then resist.

Μολὼν λαβέ!

- Barbara Billinis Colessides

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