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Fwiffo

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I have often likened Putin to St. Constantine the Great. One priestly friend of mine likened him to St. Alexander Nevsky.
Constantine organized the first ecumenical council and out of that came the Nicene creed. I doubt I will see Putin be capable of that in his lifetime. Yes he ordered the Russian patriarch to Rome, but that hardly constitutes an ecumenical council much less a meeting that addressed any religious dogma.

I've only been to an Orthodox church once for a funeral. I actually kissed the cross. A muslim coworker ahead of me in the queue did it at the end of the service and I couldn't fathom how a believer of Muhammad could do it to avoid social rancor, and an atheist myself couldn't. From what I understand, there are more hymns (due to the brief Byzantine revival) during service rather than chants but the misogyny, patronage and corruption is about the same.
 

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http://www.businessinsider.com/oklahoma-oilfield-prayer-day-governor-mary-fallin-2016-10?

The governor of Oklahoma created 'Oilfield Prayer Day' in hopes of saving the state's oil and gas industry

The religious right has a lot to pray about these days: the overdue rapture; babies they'll never get to know; the rise and impending fall of documented coveter of other peoples' wives, Donald Trump.

But right now, they're praying for the oil fields, which are in such an imperiled state that Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin — an avid Trump supporter — named Thursday Oilfield Prayer Day, inviting her constituents to appeal the Lord to show mercy on its oil and gas industry.

When Oilfield Prayer Day was initially reported in October, it applied only to Christians, but on Monday, Fallin widened her call to prayer to include members of all faiths, the Associated Press reported.

This because Oklahoma's oil industry is flagging. Slumping oil prices have hit Oklahoma particularly hard. But according to Reuters, during the boom, cash wasn't flowing into the state's reserves so much as into the pockets of a few. Now that the boom is over, oil barons still enjoy enormous tax breaks — to the tune of $470 million in 2015. Government services instead took the hit, with some public schools now operating only four days a week, so low is their funding.

"There are many people suffering right now who have lost their jobs in the energy sector ... there are a lot of families who have been hurt, and I think prayer is always a good thing, for anyone," Fallin said, according to the Associated Press. So, rather than praying for those families — or reconsidering those low, low oil tax rates — Fallin is rallying good Christian folks to pray for the oil fields themselves.

"We have a saying: The oil field trickles down to everyone," Oilfield Christian Fellowship member, Jeff Hubbard, told the Washington Post.

But, as Reuters' report indicates, that's not really true in Oklahoma. Despite his industry's nose dive, oil tycoon Harold Hamm remains the richest person in Oklahoma with a net worth of $15 billion, according to Forbes.

In any case, people are tweeting their unfiltered thoughts and prayers in honor of Oilfield Prayer Day.



The oil fields were not available for comment.
 

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Here's an amusing story: One of my best friends hails from West Virginia. Shortly after completing college, he took a brief gig as a high school teacher. One day, he was chatting with one of his male students when a very pretty blonde came along, greeted the male student with much warmth and flirtatiously "gave him the eye." "Well, that looks like something well worth following up," my friend exclaimed to his pupil after she had gone her way. "Not that one!" he replied emphatically. It seems he had wished to date this girl and she agreed if he would attend services at her church. Understandably, he readily assented. Everything went along fine until the elders brought out a large box of venomous snakes, whereupon the lad literally ran out of the church. He wanted no part of snake handing and snake handlers. Can't say I blame him a bit. Back when I was more enthusiastic about women and sex (a period spanning about 50 years), I certainly wouldn't have draped rattlers or copperheads on my person for the most alluring woman in the world, whoever that might have been at the time.
 

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Pre-Aztec 'Flayed god' temple uncovered in Mexico

"Archaeologists in Mexico say they have made an important discovery, uncovering a temple to Xipe Tótec - the pre-Hispanic 'Flayed lord'. Historically, throughout the region, priests paid tribute to the deity by wearing the skin of human sacrifices."

And that's why some civilisations deserve to die off...
 

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^How dare you insult my indigenous kinsmen! Everyone knows that they were living a peaceful, harmonious, Eden-like existence before the arrival of the white devils, spearheaded by the Spanish Conquistadores.
 

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^How dare you insult my indigenous kinsmen! Everyone knows that they were living a peaceful, harmonious, Eden-like existence before the arrival of the white devils, spearheaded by the Spanish Conquistadores.
This is my feeling when people extol Rome like it wasn't some abject shithole. It's a place that literally was entertained by watching wild animals eat people. At least the Toltecs were being insane religious types.
 
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