What’s all this fuss about Greece’s revered Bishop Seraphim of Piraeus being accused of hate speech? He’s a man of God, for God’s Sake, and would never incite his flock with virulent speech against the Jews, Zionists, homosexuals, and COVID-19 health restrictions and vaccines.
How could he be condemned by two noted human rights activists who were convicted of “falsely accusing” him of racist hate speech for his vitriolic denunciations of gays and saying Jews created the Holocaust.
True, it’s against the law in Greece to denounce the Holocaust, but he’s above that, with one hand in the clouds reaching toward heaven and doing God’s work on Earth – so leave him alone!
He cares about God’s children and the little people, if they’re Greek Orthodox and not Jewish or any other religion, including Catholics, calling out Pope Francis’ visit to Greece in November, 2021 as “immoral.”
How can you blame him for that because everyone knows that the Catholics were responsible for the Great Schism of 1054 and not just over unleavened bread for communion. If they’d had Dave’s Killer Bread then it would have been a no-brainer and no schism.
You have to be careful what you say these days with #cancelculture so let’s put on the brakes a bit will you, for men like him who are holier than thou or they or them, and it’s time for a #postpone culture to give everyone a breather.
A three-member Greek tribunal sentenced the activists to 12-month jail terms – suspended for three years – after acquitting the Bishop – God bless them – of antisemitic rhetoric despite what they said were his fiery provocations.
But you be the judge. When in 2015 he talked about legislation from the then-ruling Looney Left SYRIZA he said that giving same-sex couples expanding civil rights was tied to the “international Zionist monster” – was that really hateful?
In 2010, he told a local TV station that Jews had orchestrated the Holocaust and were to blame for Greece’s crushing debt and austerity crisis although he qualified by saying it was his opinion and not of the Greek Church.
He was just listening to Mel Gibson and the actor’s father on that one, and we have it on good authority that Jews are behind many of the world’s top delicatessens and pushing pastrami on people for profit. Hot mustard too.
Greek courts are almost never wrong and are known for careful deliberations, up to 10 years or more unless you’re someone the government wants to get, so the verdict is proof of the Bishop’s innocence and sanctity too.
While some call his ideas also anti-Papist, if he were Catholic he’d be Pope Pious. If he were Jewish he could part the Aegean and East Mediterranean Seas to keep the Turks where they belong, so let up on the criticism OK?
There’s no proof to the rumor that he was heard saying “Jew” while walking with a fellow cleric who later confirmed that the Bishop was really just saying “Did you?” and was misunderstood.
In a report on the finding, the British newspaper The Guardian noted how the trial was being closely watched by human rights activists, who denounced the verdict that let the Bishop off the hook.
“Today’s outrageous verdict is representative of the institutionalized antisemitism that exists in Greece,” Andrea Gilbert, one of the accused, who works at the Greek Helsinki Monitor rights group told the paper. “We have immediately appealed and will fight it all the way.”
She and the other defendant – including the Greek Helsinki Monitor’s spokesperson Panayote Dimitras – brought the complaint against Seraphim in April 2017, accusing him of inciting violence and hatred.
That included a statement described by the country’s Central Board of Jewish Communities, KIS, as being replete with “well-known antisemitic stereotypes, conspiracy theories, and traditional Jew-hating attitudes.”
Those are just trite tropes that have become tiresome unless you’re alliterative, or in some cases illiterate, but in this case he’s protected by God-Cleric privilege so he can say anything.
Who do you want with you in a foxhole or dark alley when the Devil’s coming, the Bishop or human rights activists who won’t fight back?
Or Amnesty International which stated, “the ruling poses a direct threat to the right to freedom of expression and has a chilling effect on human rights defenders advocating against racism and hate speech.”
Is it hateful to say, “Adolf Hitler was an instrument of world Zionism and was financed from the renowned Rothschild family with the sole purpose of convincing the Jews to leave the shores of Europe and go to Israel to establish the new Empire.” Hitler was a great painter – a whole room, two coats, one hour!
Why was the Bishop really investigated by the Piraeus prosecutor for declaring COVID-19 vaccines were “made and prepared with the product of abortions.”
This stuff started when author Nikos Kazantzakis, sore about almost being excommunicated by the Greek Church said: “Beware the Priests.”
In his novel Crist Recrucified, a man confessing sin asks, “how can God let us live on the Earth? Why doesn’t he kill us to purify creation?” The answer was, because God is a potter; he works in mud.”
That’s what the Bishop does, creating a chamber pot where he keeps his ideas. Is that hate speech?