Defender of Christian Faith and Morality?

By Jasper, William F. | The New American, October 6, 2014 | Go to article overview

Defender of Christian Faith and Morality?


Jasper, William F., The New American


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In a great role reversal, liberal-left activists and the mainstream media are attacking Russia and beating war drums, while many conservatives are hailing Putin as friend and ally. Are those our only options?

[Putin] has restored the state. And Russian patriotism.... Little by little, he has become the leader of world opposition to the new ideological order dominated by the West [and characterised by] antiracism, globalism, homophilia, feminism, Islamophilia and Christianophobia.... He defends national sovereignty, family and the Orthodox religion.

--French intellectual Eric Zemmour, writing in Figaro magazine

Vladimir Putin Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize: Putin took over as President of Russia in 2000 when the country was in an economic mess. Putin has brought economic prosperity.... Putin put the crooked Jewish billionaires in prison and supported the Christian churches against the gays. He kept America out of war in Syria and Iran. Putin is aggressively combating the financial shenanigans of the New World Order.

--Texe Marrs, author, founder of Power of Prophecy Ministry

Putin has long been a supporter of Christianity and Christian values within Russia. He has called for the Church to play a larger role in citizens ' social lives, better religion classes in schools, and television programs emphasizing religious values.

--from an article entitled "Vladimir Putin Vows to Defend Christianity Worldwide," in the Christian Post

The world has indeed been turned up-side down. Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, a career apparatchik in the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and a loyal agent of the Soviet secret police, the KGB (and head of its successor, the FSB), now not only proclaims himself to be a Christian, but has donned the mantle of global protector of Christianity and morality--to the rejoicing huzzahs of many Christians and conservatives in the West.

However, before bestowing Defender of the Faith accolades on Vladimir the Pious, we would do well to look carefully behind and beneath the highly contrived Christian image being spun by the Kremlin's public relations department and gullible Christians with short memories in the West.

Sadly, the quotations noted are not unique, nor restricted to wild outliers.

Former GOP presidential candidate and author/commentator Patrick J. "Pat" Buchanan is a paleoconservative who seems to be enthralled with the "former" KGB chief. "In the culture war for the future of mankind, Putin is planting Russia's flag firmly on the side of traditional Christianity," Buchanan wrote, in one of his many pro-Putin syndicated columns.

The Buchanan column just quoted is entitled "Whose Side Is God on Now?," not too subtly implying that Putin and his Kremlin comrades are now Heaven's standard bearers against the decadent, post-Christian West.

Well, it is true, is it not, that President Vladimir Putin stands virtually alone among national leaders of the major powers in publicly proclaiming his Christian identity, and in condemning homosexual "marriage"--while leaders of the so-called Christian West have adopted the politically correct line that these unnatural unions are now sacrosanct? And is it not true that Putin and the Russian government have been spending hundreds of millions of dollars to rebuild hundreds of Russian Orthodox churches destroyed during the militant atheism of the Soviet era? Has he not restored sacred holidays of the Julian Christian calendar? Did he not sign a national law last year outlawing advertisements for abortion? To which we must answer: yes, yes, yes, yes; true, true, true, true.

Additional "facts" can be cited to paint an even more striking image of Putin as pious champion of Christianity: crossing himself and kissing the icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary that he presented to Pope Francis during his 2013 visit to the Vatican; numerous appearances with (and blessings and endorsements from) Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church and other Christian church leaders; signing into law a "ban on the propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia" directed at children, while President Obama promotes the LBGT agenda at every level and every opportunity; speaking out against the persecution and murder of Christians by Islamic jihadists in Syria and Iraq. …

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