A while back, the His Eminence Bishop Anthony of the Antiochian Orthodox Church excommunicated Matthew Heimbach for the heresy of “phyletism” within mere hours of learning that Heimbach exists. He did this entirely on account of rumors and an email campaign from political agitators within and without the Church. The notion that Matthew Heimbach is a White Supremacist is a naked lie. The notion that racial advocacy and nationalism are synonymous with phyletism is a naked lie. And most importantly, the notion that the excommunication was theological rather than political in nature is a naked lie.
The leftists–Orthodox and anti-Christian alike–rejoiced, of course, as it was official that we’re not Christian because being pro-White is now confirmed to be heretical. A cursory googling will confirm within a few minutes that outside the cosmopolitan globalist hothouse of the contemporary West, and outside of the past few decades, identity and nation were considered uncontroversially compatible with The Faith. But that’s beside the point for them, as they now had Authority on their side.
I’m no theologian or cleric, but a cursory review of Church History will confirm that that when a cleric’s determination is blatantly incompatible with Holy Tradition, we are not to blindly follow Authority into error. With all due respect to my Traditionalist Catholic brothers in Christ, our entire Orthodox Christian historiography hinges on refusing to follow ecclesiastical superiors into error.
I grant that as relatively recent converts, it’s incumbent upon us to be as humble as humanly possible. My reason is far from perfect, as are my faith and discipline. But one needn’t be Belshazzar to see the writing on the wall. The Orthodox Christian clergy in America are happy to accommodate and encourage identity for their immigrant and non-White parishioners, but not the Anglo-American converts (that’s actual ethnophyletism, btw). A large network of clergy and pious Orthodox Christians both at home and in the heartland of global Orthodoxy confirm the obvious: We are the targets of a naked political campaign being waged from behind the iconostasis.
Authentic humility lies in standing firm to the teachings of the Church against all challenges, both the intensely private and intensely public ones alike. We did put our entire political project on hold for months, at great cost to our reputations and social standing, in order to carefully investigate the relationship between our beliefs and the Church and to afford our Fathers a respite from the political fiasco they were exposed to in order to do the same.
Our humility became an opportunity for humiliation, as they publicly celebrated their supposed victory when we submitted to their corrupt authority and then cursed us as heretics when we realized we were being politically manipulated. We’ve repeatedly afforded the Antiochian Archdiocese the benefit of the doubt, but they’ve consistently demonstrated themselves to be politicians in cassocks who casually and habitually abuse their Authority for worldly political advantage. I don’t want to believe that, and for several months my public and private communication was pregnant with the presumption that this was all a big misunderstanding about what we actually believed and its relationship with Holy Tradition.
On Friday, His Eminence The Most Reverend Metropolitan Joseph couldn’t resist the urge to join the Huffington Post, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and MSNBC in weighing in on Donald Trump’s political campaign. He published, “A Call to Reject all Hateful Speech and Actions Against our Muslim Friends and Neighbors” through the official channels, concisely and precisely illustrating the dangerous, irresponsible, and patently political abuse of Authority in the service of the masonic globalist agenda which has become endemic in the Church.
It was an early Christmas present for us, as it confirms that the anti-White open borders political agenda of the Antiochian Archdiocese is not limited to Heimbach and his cohorts, but extends to condemning the solid majority of White Americans, their beliefs, and their preferred political leader. Even parishioners who strongly object to our pro-White political advocacy will likely find this egregious and intemperate interference with mainstream politics concerning.
As Orthodox Christians, we take to heart the commandments of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ, especially the commandment that He has told us is the greatest, that is “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39).
First of all, the Muslims referred to in Donald Trump’s policy proposal categorically aren’t our neighbors, yet. So, strictly speaking, the verse is inapplicable. More broadly speaking, His Eminence is apparently implying that denying American citizenship is an act of hatred. Disregard the fact that Trump’s proposal was merely an emergency stopgap measure against an active threat to American life and limb. Given the Boston Bombing atrocity and the recent horror in San Bernardino, not to mention 9/11, characterizing American concerns about Islamic immigrant terrorism as irrational hatred is itself irrational and hateful.
Better yet, disregard the fact that Trump has repeatedly insisted that he loves Islamic Americans and rejects violence or hatred against Muslims both here and abroad. Disregard the fact that Trump has positioned himself alongside Rand Paul as one of two candidates offering a position on the Syrian conflict inclusive of working with President Assad, the Iranian government, and Russia toward an equitable resolution of the conflict. Disregard everything but the saccharine pseudo-morality of masonic globalism wherein national borders and identities themselves must be erased.
We have watched with dismay as several public figures have played on the fear which they assume has swept over this country. Specifically, a recent news release from the Trump campaign has called for “a total and complete shutdown of all Muslims entering the United States”. We reject in the strongest possible terms both this specific call, and all speech and actions which would encourage hate and persecution against any group of people.
For several years now, I’ve been accused of failing to “get” Orthodoxy because I’m not from a truly Orthodox family or country. I am, after all, merely an adult convert with nothing to share with the Church. And were the Church not teaching that my extended family must be genocidally displaced and replaced due to a late heresy of White Advocacy and only White Advocacy, it would all be a fruitful experience in humility. Save that one matter, that’s my approach.
But by the same logic, I’m actually American and Metropolitan Joseph is not. He is a Syrian immigrant whose understanding of American society, politics, and the immigration policy is entirely as a foreigner in a foreign land. Being of Midwestern pioneer stock, entirely derived from folks who arrived before the American Revolution even took place, I have an authority of my own on the subject under review.
The recent adult immigrant to America never fully understands the complete immigration experience because he only perceives it from one side of the coin, that of the outsider demanding to be allowed in. Donald Trump and I tend to see the risks associated with mass migration into our homeland while migrants such as the Archbishop tend to only see the opportunities.
It’s especially sensitive for the Archbishop, as America’s illegal and immoral war on Syria has made widows and orphans of many of his co-ethnics. Believe me, I sympathize with that overpowering and fully Christian love for one’s own folk. I sympathize with his urgent desire to deliver them to the relative safety of the foreign country he’s found refuge in. I also wish for his people, both as fellow human beings and as fellow Christians, to find relief from America’s disastrous foreign policy, but two wrongs don’t make a right and disastrous globalist immigration policy mustn’t be the official policy of the Orthodox Faith.
American citizens are being killed by the thousands by immigrants from these majority Islamic countries, and we have a Christian moral right to look out for the wellbeing of ourselves and our actual neighbors. Should the Archbishop prove incapable of opening his heart to the concerns of the American citizens he claims jurisdiction over, perhaps he should follow his heart back to his homeland and shepherd his true flock.
We have seen an alarming rise in recent days in the number of hateful and violent actions which have been perpetrated against Muslims, or those who are presumed to be Muslims. There is no doubt that such hateful rhetoric encourages those who may be inclined to violence to act out this violence.
Proposing a temporary moratorium on Islamic immigration is not hatred. It’s not incitement. It’s not an “act of violence” to deny entry into one’s home, community, or country to those who pose a credible threat to one’s own. The line of thinking which presumes that all speech must be silenced which could potentially provoke anger is typical of recent immigrants who haven’t organically developed the centuries-old tradition of free expression which, unlike open borders, is a truly and integrally American tradition.
Perhaps we should be alarmed about the dozens of credible death threats against Trump that passionate accusations against him like this one have provoked. Better yet, let’s not be hypothetical. The man who attacked Matthew Heimbach and his comrade in the incident that led to his excommunication had been provoked to violence against us by those who insisted that we’re evil hatemongers. I’ve never raised my hand in anger against a man for his identity or political beliefs, and yet I’ve been physically attacked repeatedly by men who’ve been provoked by precisely the sort of “anti-hate” rhetoric presented in this press release.
It’s all pretty complex and confusing. There’s a rich tapestry of conflicting interests and perspectives, little of which is directly related to the Church and its teachings. The Orthodox clergy have a sacred duty to profess a universal creed, one which carefully picks sides on a limited set of public issues when appropriate yet abstains from endorsing or denouncing specific candidates or indulging in lobbying on behalf of foreign interests.
The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America proclaims that all people must be treated with the respect and the dignity that is due to human beings.
Once again, I must remind immigrants to America that coming here is a privilege granted by American citizens and not a right which could or should be demanded. To propose that our denial of citizenship or entry is a grave act of disrespect or an indignity antithetical to the Christian faith betrays a gross failure to understand rudimentary American civics and a gross failure to understand Christianity and the Church’s appropriate role in public policy debates.
To single out people of an entire religion because of the senseless and horrific actions of terrorists actually assists the terrorists by reinforcing the divisions and fear which they wish to spread. We urge the civil authorities of the United States to use every effort to root out any threat of terror by legal and noble means.
It only has so much to do with the terrorism thing. I would just rather not have Muslims in my country. I respect Islamic Civilization, but insist that it remain apart from my own. I feel that the two cultures tend to live in conflict and I would rather my future generations not struggle with the problems besetting nations like Syria where a tense and fragile armistice is the optimal outcome. I’m more strict in my immigration sentiments than Donald Trump, though neither he nor I nor the overwhelming majority of his supporters actually “hate” Muslims.
I would like my family, my neighborhood, and my country to remain Christian. Insisting that my country must not remain a Christian country is an odd demand of Christian clergy, though it’s certainly no surprise given the indifference of immigrant communities toward the traditional American folk and their interest of self-preservation. It’s not surprising given the globalist disposition of the Antiochian clergy in America. It’s also not surprising given the very real humanitarian crisis in the country that the Archbishop’s most loyal to.
I strongly sympathize with that last part. My political organization has been at the forefront of opposing the Zionist NATO policies driving and escalating the conflict in the Archbishop’s home country. While it’s un-Christian to boast of charity, I can’t help but note that I’ve been supporting charitable efforts for Christians in Syria since the beginning of the conflict. It seems appropriate to note, given that the Archbishop is promoting the false dichotomy wherein one must either allow Syrians into our country unabated or be guilty of a lack of Christian charity. By all metrics, helping them in their homelands and in neighboring countries is far more sustainable and sensible than relocating them to an alien land.