Paul Esipov: ROC declared a monopoly on faith?

September 15 press office Arkhangelsk diocese asked the public of the city of Arkhangelsk in celebration of "Pomeranian new year." This treatment caused a wide resonance in the public and the environment Pomeranian complaints about unfair accusations and claims of its authors.
"In two words meaning to the residents of Arkhangelsk treatment can be summarized as follows: Some pagans stole the Orthodox holiday, celebrated its not that, is not there and when it is necessary. Be careful! This guy, you know, do not like that "rites are presented in the fire and the river," which clearly refers to a pagan sacrifice. " Such sacrifice, of course, different from the god-father of the victim and his son Jesus, but this is our tradition, and not the other one's ancestors. Anonymous "experts", you see, "it is well known that the Gentiles were Finno-Ugric tribes who inhabited the shores of the Northern Dvina at the time of settlement of the Russian Orthodox Novgorod."

And did these gentlemen, who believed in the baptism of the Slavs to Russia? Many, by the way, and now the faith of progenitor. Perhaps the authors of the appeal is known that so-called "pagan beliefs" of the Finno-Ugric peoples, and to this day are the official beliefs of a number of subjects of the Russian Federation. Their attack on "the pagans is that — a manifestation of religious intolerance in a secular state?" — Said in reply Chairman's NCA Pomors Arkhangelsk region Pavel Esipov.

In 1700, Peter I issued a decree on the abolition of the old calendar, which existed in Russia, and introduced Western European calendar of the Nativity. However, he suffered a top calendar (Rosh Hashanah) from the date of the autumnal equinox (the Slavic conservatives calendar starts from the autumnal equinox on September 22-23) and September 1 (the Christians). In mid-September, agricultural calendar called "Oseninami" or "Ospozhinkami." During this time the harvest was completed, which was to ensure the welfare of the next year. The meeting noted the fall update of fire: old fire extinguished and lit a new one that was mined flint strikes.
"By organizing the celebration of Rosh Hashanah — New Year's Pomeranian, autonomy Pomors tried to make common to Christians and non-Christian faiths traditionalists a reconciling, a general holiday, in which are shown the ancient Slavic rites and younger — Christian. Date of celebrations varies only to the largest possible number of citizens and visitors can take part in them. With so leads to anger members of the "Advisory Council on Morality" — is unclear. What these people want to catch the organizers Pomeranian New Year? In that showcased at the festival rites not taken somewhere "over the hill", and have local roots? Or, perhaps, the ROC declared a monopoly on faith, and people of other religions are subject to religious persecution as during the "Holy Inquisition"? That ancient Slavs obzovut savages, on Shrove Tuesday to jump over the fire ban, the Leo Tolstoy anathema betray, Pushkin rewrite … Not a lot to take themselves gentlemen — clergymen? "- Paul Esipov sharply expressed.
"That's one of the main criticisms" of the Expert Council on Morality "to the public Pomeranian" date approaches celebration (Sept. 15, 2012) to the Orthodox Church and the new year simultaneous substitution of the Christian tradition on neopagan carries a spiritual danger, and requires proper assessment, and public opposition ". Apparently, the authors of the letter have forgotten that it is the Christian holy days of "applied" after the baptism of Rus on the so-called heathen, and not vice versa. Recall that most of Christianity as the religion of just over 2,000 years. Therefore, the year 7521 is celebrated Pomorie, called Christian holiday is difficult. In our view, "ill-informed, fraud and exaggeration" publicly demonstrated not members Pomors autonomy, and the authors of this ugly letter, claiming the status of experts.
Additional members of the "advisory council" wants to announce that the concept of "paganism" (from "heathen" — "the people") implies a commitment to a spiritual tradition of the ancient people, which existed before the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Islam, and Christianity). People who contemptuously called infidels "pagans" and publicly called "deal with their holidays," not only did not honor the ancient history of their ancestors, but the incendiary national and religious principles, "- also said in a written statement Pomeranian autonomy.

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