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German supermarket chain busted airbrushing Greek cross from yogurt packaging

German supermarket chain, Lidl, edits Christian symbols from Greek product packaging.

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Santorini’s beautiful blue domed Greek churches seem to offend German low cost supermarket chain Lidl.

The German discount chain has been busted airbrushing Christianity out of Greek churches.

According to The Gateway Pundit, the controversy arose when Belgian media outlet, RTL, was contacted by a Lidl customer annoyed that the brand would choose to erase, on its packaging, such an important part of the Greek landscape and culture.

Lidl responded to the negative publicity with the standard “respect for diversity” message. We wonder if Lidl would dare to airbrush crescent moons from photos of minarets.

A spokesperson for Lidl explained to RTL…

“We are a company that respects diversity and this explains the concept behind the packaging.’’

The spokesperson added that the company avoids the use of religious symbols on its packaging to remain neutral. The chain sells halal products, however, which bear Islamic symbols as part of their packaging.

Via The Gateway Pundit

The iconic image is known the world over; brilliant white stone buildings atop a cliffside village on the volcanic Greek Isle of Santorini, the bright blue domes of an orthodox church contrasting with the dark volcanic rock of this ‘’honeymoon’’ island in the Aegean Sea.

No surprise then that the emblematic image is used in the marketing of Greek tourism and products around the world, from cruise lines to Greek yogurt.

One such enterprise using the famed Santorini landscape to market its products is European supermarket giant, Lidl. The German discount chain uses the image on packaging for a range of Greek products, with one difference from reality – the crosses have been deliberately removed from the blue-domed church in Lidl’s version of the iconic image.

Known for its competitor-beating prices, the no-frills brand is a hit with bargain hunters, having become a staple of the retail landscape in recent years.

Operating 10,000 stores in Europe, Lidl has recently expanded to the United States, with supermarkets opening at multiple East Coast locations this summer. An initial 100 US stores are in the pipeline.

If the image of a tiny cross atop a church is so offensive that it would need to be erased by a marketing department, perhaps those who respect the cross – and its centuries old presence on the historical landscape – should start voting with their pocketbooks?

Contacted by The Gateway Pundit this afternoon, Lidl UK’s Press Office expressed regret for the controversy and stated that all feedback received on the matter would be taken into consideration ahead of future redesigns.

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Terry Ross
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What about Christians who may be offended by “halal” marking on meat products signifying a cruel religious method of killing the animal?

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Christians are not offended by the name “halal” on products and they shouldn’t be. Did you ever see supermarkets rubbing the word “halal” off their products so as not to offend Christians??? The fault belongs to Germans and the rest of the politically-correct Western societies who sees the holy Cross as offensive while they are promoting all kinds of other religious symbols and other cultures and even glorifying the moral perversion they know as “LGBTQ”. The West is Evil and Anti-Christ to core!

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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Čistá pravda. Sláva Bohu!

christianblood
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christianblood

Thank you! Glory to Christ!

Mr. Costelol
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Mr. Costelol

In 1998, Klaus Kinkel told a Serbian religious delegating that they will continue chopping up Yugoslavia, and that Christianity has no role in future Europe. Today we bear the results of these elite scumbags.

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Somehow I think that your average Muslim could care less if a cross was depicted on the package. I see two other possibilities at play here: one, the general hatred of global corporations against Christianity and, two, pressure from another powerful lobby that has been successfully erasing the Cross from the public square for over seventy years. One of those two, or both, would seem to be the main culprits.

christianblood
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christianblood

Good point! I agree!

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Please explain this reference to “another powerful lobby” for “Pantpurlais”‘s benefit, should he be reading. I wonder if Lidl’s will also erase the kosher sign from their products, so as to avoid offending EVERYBODY. Somehow, I doubt. For the avoidance of doubt, nothing bearing the “729” bar code should be bought, unless you agree with the murder and brutalization of Palestinians by this antichrist nation of thieves and liars. And I confirm that Lidl’s are hated by their employees; my friend who is a manager at the gym I go to started off working for them, and took more money… Read more »

DarkEyes
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DarkEyes

And maybe the way they are handling their employees, they might also handle their suppliers in a comparable way.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

It will all be very brutal, behind the scenes.
But I see they are expanding with 1000 new stores to the US.

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ubon thai massage

I do not believe it is the “Germans”, but some “Germans” in management that have been
given a mandate.
If these self proclaimed “enlightened ones” wanted to show their diversity, they should
discard their Mercedes, Bentleys, Rolls Royces, Porsches and BMWs, and start driving to work and play in vehicle based on patents and engieering out of the Maghreb. They should
not be climbing into such Western Manufactured Vehicles. It is disrespectful to those in African lands that deliver products of an equal or even superior quality.

RR.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Most of those vehicles have green teeth, bad breath, and a very nasty attitude.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Religion, especially that of the Fatican, is straight out of hell. Christianity is an individual relationship betwixt man or woman and their Creator, not a man controlled, religious hierarchy, whose main aim is to make lots of money, by imposing man made doctrines and dogma, Spiritual slavery, on their congregations. It is suggested that the muslim religion was started by the Jesuits, only about 4-500 years ago. Homosexual acceptance, physically, which types the Spiritual, is portrayed through the evil increase of worship of Mary, rather than Jesus, and how the denominations have replaced Jesus Christ, God, man, with a female… Read more »

DarkEyes
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DarkEyes

IMO, not a religion but a big money exercise. The Fatican Company is the richest and one of the most powerful business organizations on this planet. I do not know the situation on the other planets but it is for sure on this one.
Buying your seat in “heaven”, or “make your reservation” for a place in “heaven”.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Absolutely accurate.
Religions, all of them, are power hungry control mechanisms, using FEAR of the afterlife as a means to subjugate ignorant masses, and has been utilized thus since the beginning of time.
People who buy “seats in Heaven”, may be in for a nasty surprise once they step out of this dimension, into the next, which is a faster frequency. The concept of Heaven, for many, is a state of mind, sold to the suckers, for cash, when, in fact, it is without price, made available to all who are predestinated, according to the Bible.

DarkEyes
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DarkEyes

Much appreciated. Thanks, John

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

It is encouraging to see how many citizens are finally standing up, for Truth, who are realizing that ‘RELIGION’ is the enemy’s greatest weapon against Believers.
Historically, going back to the beginning, in the Garden of Eden, it was replacing God’s Word with doctrines of the Beast, through his hybrid crop, that caused all the problem.
One little word, NOT, which deceived Eve. Gen.3:1-4
One can’t add to God’s Word, nor take from It, Eccl.3:14-18; Rev.22:18-19.
Satan, through his hybrid son, Cain, replaced God’s Word with teachings of man, the son of the beast.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Appreciate your accurate, relevant thoughts here, and what we are witnessing is an attack on our society, which originally was Christian. America was invaded by Christians fleeing persecution, martyrdom, particularly in Europe, at the hands of the Fatican, who admits to killing over 68,000,000 Christians, during the dark ages. (Facts of Our Faith) These saints, who refused to accept the pope as head of the Church, instead of Jesus Christ, were slaughtered in horrific ways, and a reading of Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, especially, will reveal that to the reader. Sadly, Christianity was quickly infiltrated by satan and his hordes,… Read more »

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Le Ruscino

How many Christian Suicide Bombers have there been lately ?

Put simply there are two different levels of not being able to take a joke going on here……..offending Islam, “The Religion of Peace” is bad for your health.

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ubon thai massage

Have you ever peeked under the orange robes of those Buddhist Monks???
The majority are carrying at least 10 kilos of explosives.
R.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

You’re forgetting the kosher sign, Terry.
I am realising more and more that islam is simply the uneducated scion of judaism, from whence all evil springs.
All their attitudes are the same.
Dare one say; islam was created by the jew to foster ill-will between the Gentiles.
Which he has succeeded in doing, beyond his wildest dreams.

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englishvinal

I do SO agree~!!!! There is about as much deep difference between the Muslims & the Jews as there is between Democrats & Republicans….
The INTENT is exactly the same…. pretend to fight each other and keep everybody occupied with the clashing of swords….. and undermine the REAL enemy of both ugly factions… those heritics, infidels, unbelievers…
And it is all about the “unbelievers”/infidels… not about “christianity”…

(As old Smirky Bush said “If you-all ain’t WITH us you-all is AGAINST us”….. )

DarkEyes
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DarkEyes

Not bad!. And maybe very true.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Islam is not the enemy, it is the Fatican.
The muslim mercenaries, trained armies, are just doing what they are told, behind the limelight, by those planning the One World Religion, one world government, cashless society, the Beast who sits on seven hills, professing to be God.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

Pre-dating the Vatican; of course, the eternal jew.
And post-dating it, the children of Ishmael, who spent a thousand years attacking its empire of darkness.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Correct, the children of Ishmael, who was of their father, the devil, through Cain.
Cain was of his father, the devil, not, as most believe, of Adam.
True Israel, the lineage genetic through Isaac, will number the 144,000 who make up the small remnant, all the rest are cannon fodder.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Just as a matter of interest, as we consider the end of Gentile time, how do you see the fulfillment of Mal.4:5-6?
Few ministers have been heard ministering on this Scripture, and most are confused about the difference betwixt Mal.3:1, which is fulfilled through John’s witness, of Jesus’ first coming, and the Angel who precedes His Second Coming?
It is to the Gentiles, not Israel, and how can such an important Scripture be ignored for so long?

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

You are way ahead of me on these things, John. My knowledge of scripture, especially prophetic scripture, is very poor, and I have never really got to grips with it, except in the simplest of ways. There seem to be as many interpretations of it as there are ministers elaborating upon it. But I adore Malachi 4, and in fact committed it to memory. All I get from this is that there is coming a great Judgement on the children of men, and the wheat will be separated from the chaff, and the chaff burned up with unquenchable fire. Dramatic… Read more »

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

We are all in a learning curve; there is none of us that can do more than encourage each other to observe and partake of the ever unfolding Word. As John the Baptist’s ministry preceded Christ’s First coming, Mal.3:1, the ministry of Mal.4:5-6 precedes His second coming. “Jesus the Christ, the same, yesterday, today and forever.” Heb.13:8 Mal.4:5-6 refers to the coming of a prophetic ministry, in the Spirit of Elijah, which will be used, of God, Amos3:7, to fore-run His Second coming. The Lord Jesus, identified John as fulfilling Mal.3:1, that John had the Spirit of Elijah on him.… Read more »

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Yes, behind all the global grief we find the Fatican, and, even deeper, the children of Ishmael, the Kazarian Jews, who believe they are the chosen race, who should run the world. What will be interesting is how the K.Jews and the Fatican sort out who is really boss!

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

I think you will find that behind the cassocks and the Dagon fish hats, we have a collection of circumcisees.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Yes, that is some regard as Serpent Seed, the children of the devil, as the Lord Jesus described the Pharisees and Sadducees, to which they responded they were not illegitimate, which seems a strange response, unless they already knew who their father was?

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Clever pun, bro. Tim, love it!

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

What we find is that the muslims are descendants of Abram, through his concubines, who have been striving to destroy the pure seed, the children of Isaac, ever since. Isaac was, by inheritance, the only one to receive the inheritance from Abraham. Gen. 21:12; 24:36; “But to the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave them gifts and sent them away from Isaac, his son.” 25:5 There can never be peace betwixt true Israel and the other children of Abraham, which explains why there is such a mess in the Middle East; it can never be resolved in… Read more »

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

It goes deeper. The promise was not to a worldly seed, but to a spiritual. The jews made the mistake of thinking that they were the true children of Abraham, through the flesh, as you say. But the Lord Jesus Christ told them that God was “able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.” They didn’t like hearing this. This led them to understand that they were nothing special. Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, were none of them justified through their blood lineage, but through faith alone. Abraham is not spoken of as being the Father of the… Read more »

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

You display a depth of Revelation not common amongst many calling themselves Christians. Thank you for your lucid explanation of the separation betwixt the Spiritual Seed, through Isaac, and the children of the wicked one, who were fathered through Cain. Jesus told the Pharisees and Sadducees they were of their father, the devil, didn’t He? Yes, the true Church is the temple of the living God, clearly shown in Col.1:27, “Christ IN you, the hope of glory.” The Bride of Jesus Christ is the Word manifest in this day, called out for the catching away of 1Thes,4:15-16, before the Tribulation,… Read more »

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

FAITH, “We are saved through FAITH, not works, lest any man should boast.” Totally agree with you on that statement. Israel, who are under a different dispensation, are waiting still for their Messiah, but, what they get is two prophets, Moses and Elijah, who will preach Christ and Him crucified, to call out the Jewish elect. They will be martyred for their Faith, as the reality of Jesus being their Messiah, who they, for the sake of the Gentiles, murdered, and will weep, every family alone, as they realize they completely missed His first coming. Their eyes were blinded, that… Read more »

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

The problem is many-fold.
They may have a red heifer, but they do not have the Ark of the Covenant.
And even if they do have this, as Ron Wyatt implied they might; then they do not have the genealogies of the Levites, which were destroyed in 70 AD; so nobody is legally qualified to carry out the sacrifices; which as already stated, were ended with the perfect sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ at Calvary anyway.
All is confusion, as we expect when we follow the traditions of men, instead of the eternal and abiding Word of God.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Appreciate your thoughts on the Word.
Yes, what you state here is spot on, but, fortunately, as a Gentile, a member of God’s very elect, according to His Word, I, as the others, will not be here to witness what happens once the catching away takes place.
For, then, the Word goes back to Israel, as God does not deal with Israel and the Gentiles at the same time.
That is what the Gentile dispensation is all about, and, once the Word goes back to Israel, there is no Grace available for the foolish virgin.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

The theology, I feel, is quite confused on this matter. In God’s eyes, there is only one Elect, ie that of the believers. Now these can be either jew or Christian; all are one; and as such, I do not consider that a differentiation is made between them; either today, or indeed, during the OT times. “But he is a Jew that is one inwardly”. All were, and still are, judged entirely on their faith, or lack thereof. The old dispensation, which appeared to rest on blood and race and land; but never did, has been thrown aside. Paul also… Read more »

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Some suggest that it is the theology, the scholars, the religious experts, which have really missed the mark, as did the Pharisees, and are the core of the problem, where man has striven to out think God, because, as the point was made by you, previously, we are saved by FAITH, not works, lest any man should boast. Check Rom.3:1-29 to see there are two, one under Law, the other under Grace. Scripture forbids personal interpretation, doesn’t IT, 2Pet.1:20? Has it not been changing the Word of God by which we have accumulated the grief, chaos, the coming Judgement? Eccl.3:14-18;… Read more »

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

One little aside on that statement, bro. Tim.
Each of the Gentile church ages had an elect, those called out to follow the freshly unfolding Word, in each of the six church ages.
But, in this, at the end of the Laodicean age, Christ returns, opens the seven seals on His Book, and here, in Mat.24:24, is the only Scriptural reference to the VERY Elect.
The bride for this day, are typed with Enoch, do not taste death, and is caught away, to meet our Lord, in the air, whilst the foolish virgin have to die for their Faith.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Well said, Mr. Ross. The barbaric methods of animal slaughter for meat is cruel, should not allowed in any nation, particularly one which is supposed to be “CIVILIZED”, and why are we, the citizens, letting such practices invade our nations? Talk about religious persecution, it is we, the Christian nations, which are being persecuted, victimized, perverted by those who are intent on forcing us all to accept and live under Sharia Law. Is that what you want for your children? Why, curiously, do we, the white fellas, allow any invading forces, of the muslim religion, to destroy our culture, our… Read more »

Dot
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Dot

If one reads the reviews submitted by employees, this company is absolutely one of those you never want to work for. Not a single positive review from employees.

Luboš Motl
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Here in Czechia, where the crosses were also erased during the Greek week – and they were actually missing at products’ packages at least since Summer 2013 (and at big photographs of Santorini in the fliers since 2014) – the revelation caused a huge scandal. All major media ran several stories about it, thousands of angry comments were posted. Search for “Lidl supermarket chain desecrated churches† in Greece” for some info, links, parodies etc.

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ubon thai massage

Ahoj Luboš,
My daughter’s Czechish is much more fluent than her English.
(My daughter is from my last marriage. I also met my present wife in
Czechia) (Nemecke Doma)
a Dobry Vecer,
RR.

Constantine
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Constantine

What the hell is wrong with these people? Political correctness has become a pathological mental condition. And the most ridiculous thing of all in this fiasco is that very few non-Christians who would buy the product would be bothered by the natural presence of crosses on top of a church.

Almost certainly a case of projection by PC freaks.

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englishvinal

BOYCOTT… do not purchase. VOTE with the only thing that matters to these reptilian sods.. MONEY.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Boycott? No problem. As I’ve said in my comment 5 minutes ago, their products are a sham and god knows what they are really selling you. I couldn’t eat a thing bought from there.

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

I always remember an amusing incident from a few years ago.
I said I shopped at Lidl; someone said they couldn’t possibly eat their products.
I had brought in a particularly good bar of chocolate they used to sell; it was dark chocolate with one side being coffee flavoured.
I left it on the desk, half eaten.
When I came back, the rest had gone.
Guess who.

DarkEyes
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DarkEyes

Ah, that is not good enough. Their products is not the problem, they are according their German standards which are quite high in quality. It is the weakness of their management be oppressed by a CDU Green Red government to get away with chistian signs. It is the logical path of Merkel who is pretty busy to get rid of the nation “Germany” for SHE wants to merge the five EU Euro Zone countries (the more or less rich ones) as one nucleus european area. (NOT as a new State!), as a starter. Later on if this succeeds and she… Read more »

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

I visited a Lidl for the first and last time a few weeks ago, not to shop for myself. I am aware of the Lidl adverts on RT, that promote the very cheap prices of products. I was horrified to see that not one product I picked up disclosed where in the world it had been produced or grown. If you’re interested in the quality of what you eat and where it has come from, I wouldn’t shop there. The shop is a con. And much of their packaging is designed to look like well-known brands, which they are not.… Read more »

Tim Webb
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Tim Webb

I buy their stuff all the time.
It is very good in every respect.
They have big instore bakeries now; and their croissants are particularly good.
But I despise them for erasing crosses from Greek churches.
This is really quite despicable.

Great Expectations
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Great Expectations

Lidl is a heap of crap that sells rubbish and their PC rot isn’t going to affect me. I am devastated, however, to discover that John Lewis (which includes Waitrose) is to remove ‘boy’ ‘girl’ labels from children’s clothing to make them gender neutral! That boycott is going to affect me badly.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4845676/John-Lewis-ditches-boys-girls-labels-clothes.html#newcomment

DarkEyes
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DarkEyes

About your excitement about the “Lidl”. IMO. a) First was the campaign against VW, Audi, Mercedes Benz and a little later against Porsche. This is obvious, isn’t it? Economical Warfare against Germany. b) We are in the middle of the Energy Warfare. This is obvious, isn’t it? Ecomical Warfare against Germany. c) Now it is time for the Evil Tongues to attack the German Food chain Lidl? Suddenly Lidl is “in a silence war” against christianity? Lidl is a billion Big Business, people. Do you think the Lidl Management is so stupid to use “taking away crosses from pictures” on… Read more »

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Vice President Mike Pence and National Security Advisor John Bolton were seen shaking hands and chatting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Singapore.

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Forget the All-Blacks ‘Haka’, ignore Foreman-Frasier, Drago-Balboa, and Ortiz-Liddell, the honor of the greatest (or perhaps most awkward) staredown in history now goes to US Vice President Mike Pence…

Having been blamed for everything from Trump’s election victory to USA soccer team’s loss to England last week, Russia faced accusations all weekend and was reportedly confronted by the US contingent over “meddling.”

As The Sun reports, Pence and Putin “discussed the upcoming G20 Summit and touched on the issues that will be discussed when President Trump and President Putin are both in Argentina for the summit,” according to the vice president’s press secretary, Alyssa Farah.

An NBC reporter tweeted: “New per the @VP’s Office—> The VP’s office says Vice President Pence directly addressed Russian meddling in the 2016 election in a conversation with Vladimir Putin on Thursday in Singapore.

“The conversation took place following the plenary session this afternoon at ASEAN.”

But, it was the following clash of the titans that caught most people’s attention.

As the Russian president joined the that Pence shook Putin’s ‘deadly’ hand, met his ‘steely KGB-trained’ gaze, and desperately tried not to smile or blink for 20 seconds as Putin appeared to chat amicably with the US VP…

While Putin has (if his accusers are to be believed) grappled his opponents to death with his bare hands (remember he is a sinister KGB agent and jiu-jitsu expert); we suspect the only thing VP Pence has gripped tightly in his hands is his bible.

Sadly, John Bolton then blew the tough guy act (or is he Mike Pence’s ‘good cop’) as he does his best impression of a teenage girl meeting their popstar idol for the first time…

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Two jurisdictions, including one with a difficult history with Russia, move to condemn uncanonical acts in Ukraine.

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Two local jurisdictions within the Eastern Orthodox Church announced their refusal to accept the legitimization of two schismatic groups in Ukraine, a move authorized by the Ecumenical Patriarch, but spurred by powers in the United States and Petro Poroshenko’s secularist-oriented Ukraine.

On October 11th, 2018, the Ecumentical Patriarch, Bartholomew I of Constantinople, authorized his legates to pronounce two schismatic Orthodox “churches” in Ukraine to be restored to canonical communion with the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and by extension, across the entire Orthodox world.

This move was strongly condemned by the authorities of the Russian Orthodox Church, which has the only canonically accepted church presence in Ukraine, a situation that the Ecumenical Patriarch himself agreed with only a few years ago.

Russia moved to break communion with the Ecumenical Patriarchate, creating a split in the Orthodox Church, but a split that at first risked Russia standing alone in their statement of disapproval of the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s actions.

For a time the reaction of the other “local” Orthodox Churches was cautious, with the vast majority (excepting only the Greek Church in the USA) coming out in support of the canonical group in Ukraine, but without taking similar action to Moscow.

That appears to be changing.

On November 12 and 16, respectively, the Churches of Serbia and Poland issued strong statements. They both categorically refused to recognize the Ukrainian schismatic groups and they forbade their clergy to concelebrate with the “clergy” within these groups. The Serbs’ statement on this was as follows:

“The Assembly does not recognize the mentioned figures and their followers as Orthodox bishops and clergy and, consequently, does not accept liturgical and canonical communion with them and their supporters.”

The Polish Church made a similar announcement, but with even more force:

“The Holy Bishops’ Council forbids the priests of the Polish Orthodox Church from having liturgical and prayerful contact with the ‘clergy’ of the so-called Kiev Patriarchate and the so-called ‘Autocephalous Orthodox Church,’ which have committed much evil in the past,” the statement reads.

According to the Polish hierarchs, persons deprived of episcopal and clerical ordination cannot be leaders in establishing peace in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Only the observance of the dogmatic and canonical norms of the Church and the preservation of the centuries-old tradition will protect Orthodoxy from severe ecclesiastical consequences on an international scale. The Polish Orthodox Church prays fervently for the unity of the holy Orthodox Church and for peace for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church,” the message further reads.

And while yet officially under the omophorion of Constantinople, several Greek monasteries on Mount Athos, the Orthodox monastic republic that is the spiritual center of all of Eastern Orthodoxy, inserted special petitions in their services to pray for Metropolitan Onufry and the people of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – that is, the canonical group that is a highly autonomous, or independent, Church while yet under the Moscow Patriarchate.

This is an interesting situation because in terms of ecclesial jurisdiction, Mount Athos is actually under the Ecumenical Patriarchate. However, the monasteries there often are known for taking the hardest of hardline stances when even their own Patriarchate takes actions they feel to be wrong:

Thousands of Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox Christians go on pilgrimage to Mt. Athos, which is under the jurisdiction of Constantinople, every year. However, the Russian Church, of which the Ukrainian Church is an autonomous, self-governing part, broke communion with Constantinople on October 15, which the Ukrainian Church confirmed yesterday, due to unilateral Constantinople’s interference in ecclesiastical life in Ukraine.

We know that the majority of the abbots of the Athonite monasteries do not agree with the anti-canonical decisions of the Phanar,” Met. Anthony said.

“In several monasteries—Greek ones, by the way—they have included a special petition in the Litany of Peace in the morning and evening services: ‘For His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry with his suffering flock.,’” he explained, adding, “We are very grateful to the Athonites for their brotherly love and prayers.”

This is a story that it still developing, but the recent moves by Poland and Serbia may be outlining the path that other local Orthodox Churches will take.

That move is to deny recognition to the schismatics that Patriarch Bartholomew lifted the anathemas and depositions for. If this step were to be taken by all the local Churches that have expressed support for the canonical Ukrainian Church, the result would be not much different than where the schismatics were on October 10th:

Filaret Denisenko’s group and Makary’s group would indeed have communion with Constantinople, and presumably the Greek Orthodox Church in the USA, but with no one else.

This move would be a severe repudiation of the Ecumenical Patriarch’s repeated declaration that he has the sole authority to grant autocephaly to anyone anywhere in the Orthodox world (or even to take it away), which is a canonical absurdity.

Given the substantial problems that Filaret Denisenko continues to create, such as refusing to be considered only a Metropolitan (this was the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s order), and to still consider himself a patriarch, blessing a blasphemous “icon” that is really just a monument to Ukrainian ultra-nationalism and secularism (note the neo-Nazi wolfsangel and machine guns in the upper right of this photo:

And given the ideations of Patriarch Bartholomew himself, who is also recently reported to be pushing towards creating unity with the Roman Catholic Church, while acting like a pope himself by insisting that all the local Orthodox Churches will accept his decisions, it does not look like this situation is going to go away by itself.

However, by placing the problem of the schismatics squarely in Patriarch Bartholomew’s hands (since he created the problem), the pressure created by other churches refusing to concelebrate with the Ukrainian schismatics may be enough to isolate the Ecumenical Patriarchate itself, rather than fulfilling the highly likely goal that the US, Ukraine and Patriarch Bartholomew may have had initially – to isolate Russia and create a situation where Russia is made to look like the bad guy, once again.

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How George W. Bush Corrupted America’s ‘News’-Reporting

George W. Bush and his Republicans managed to take all of America’s major ‘news’-media, and to turn them into super-prostitutes.

Eric Zuesse

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Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org:


In order to understand today’s demonization of Vladimir Putin, one must go back to US President George W. Bush’s propaganda for “regime-change in Iraq” and demonization of Saddam Hussein at that time. The US regime now has come to recognize that with Putin’s high approval-ratings from the Russian public, the US aristocracy’s dream of fomenting Putin’s ouster by Russia’s voters will not work; and, so, all foreign leaders who cooperated with Russia, such as Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi, Viktor Yanukovych, and Bashar al-Assad, were first targeted by the US regime for “regime-change,” so as to isolate Russia and soften it up for the demanded US-takeover (‘democracy’, ‘free market’, etc., which Russia actually now already has, at least as much as America does); and, then, since that hasn’t yet worked, came the US aristocracy’s campaign to ‘protect The West’ by NATO troops and weapons surrounding Russia and forcing regime-change in Russia. It has escalated now to the point where World War III is more likely than ever it was during the Cold War.

Regime-change in Russia will thus either occur by the democratic vote of the Russian public at some distant time and produce a Russian Government that’s likely to be against the US regime in every possible way (which the current Russian Government is not), or else it will require a US-and-allied invasion of Russia, and that would destroy the world (but the US aristocracy want it anyway).

However, America’s aristocracy (or as they call it when referring to the same thing in low-income countries, “oligarchs”) — basically just its billionaires — are very impatient; they want to control the entire planet during their own lifetimes, and care little (if at all) about what will happen to the planet after they’re gone. (Look, for example, at their enormous resistance to doing anything against global burnout; protecting their fossil-fuels investments is ‘more important’.) Their ‘non-profits’ are just tax-avoidance schemes that double as PR operations for themselves and as ways to get their names in print and on big ‘non-profit’ buildings, like the Pyramids were in ancient Egypt. (Those Egyptian aristocrats wanted permanent honors, but today’s American ones want only to be recognized as being top-of-the-heap while they’re still alive; it’s a cultural difference.)

Anyway, here is how George W. Bush and his Republicans managed to take all of America’s major ‘news’-media, which were highly prostituted even before he came into office, and to turn them into super-prostitutes like the very worst of them prior to his Presidency were. That very worst was most prominently recognized as having been the neoconservative (or pro-US-imperialism) Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Channel. Of course, it’s rotten, today, no less than it was back in 2000, and here’s a representative sample of that, displaying a classic propaganda-operation:

This particular show aired on 5 September 2015 on Fox ‘News’, and interviewed their contracted expert:

TRANSCRIPT, starting at 4:45:

4:45, Interviewer: The other place that nobody seems to want to go these days is Russia and China, and Russia and China are both the two countries that have really gotten behind Assad, and certainly try to prop him up and those kinds of things; and as we look at pictures from China’s military day parade [posted onscreen], how much of this is Russia and China trying to slough off these refugees on Europe and everybody else … to try to gain political and global capital?

McFARLAND: Well, in China I think less so, but Russia, certainly, because we’ve seen even in the last week that Russia has increased its military presence in Syria. Russia is trying to prop up the Assad government, like the Iranians are; and so Russia is sending military equipment; it’s sending it by sea, it’s sending it overland, it’s sending it by air, to try to prop up the Assad government to continue the fighting.

Q: To continue the refugee crisis?

MCFARLAND: Oh, sure, exactly.

They want their suckers to believe that the Government of Syria wants “to continue the refugee crisis” (which actually was resulting from the Democratic Party’s President Barack Obama’s policy, but Republican-Party billionaires want regime-change in Syria as much as Democratic-Party ones do and so this con is a bipartisan one) instead of to restore the peace and modest prosperity that had preceded the US-Saudi-Turkish-UAE-Quwaiti campaign to recruit and arm tens of thousands of jihadists into Syria to overthrow Syria’s committedly non-sectarian and highly secular Government, headed by Assad. They want their fools to believe that Assad instead of Obama sought the overthrow of Assad. But no matter how stupid their pitch is, it’s acceptable by their very conservative audience. Even when Fox News needs to cover-up evils of a Democratic Party regime in order to sic their suckers on hating Assad or any other ally of the arch-demon Putin, they do it, in order to service their Republican Party billionaires, who are just as eager to take over Russia — and its allies such as Syria — as Democratic Party billionaires are. And that’s how bad Fox ‘News’ is, and was. But now they’re all like that.

THE BACKSTORY:

Whereas back in 2002 and 2003, the US aristocracy’s biggest push for “regime change” was to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq; and whereas in 2011 the biggest push for “regime change” was to remove Muammar Gaddaffi from power in Libya; and whereas next in 2011 the biggest push for “regime change” became to remove Bashar al-Assad from power in Syria; and whereas in 2013 the biggest push for “regime change” became to remove Viktor Yanukovych from power in Ukraine; the biggest push for “regime change” now is to remove Vladimir Putin himself from power in Russia.

Media-lies have been crucial to them all; and here is how it’s done — by spreading Fox’s garbage over the rest of the major ‘news’ media:

On 2 October 2003, the media-watch organization, worldpublicopinion.org, headlined “Misperceptions, the Media and the Iraq War:Study Finds Widespread Misperceptions on Iraq Highly Related to Support for War: Misperceptions Vary Widely Depending on News Source: Fox Viewers More Likely to Misperceive, PBS-NPR Less Likely.” In fact, the people who received their news primarily through NPR or PBS exhibited the lowest rate of misperceptions at that time, and Fox News Channel viewers exhibited the highest misperceptions-rate: Whereas 77% of NPR/PBS listeners/viewers gave correct answers on all three factual news questions asked, only 20% of Fox News Channel viewers did; and whereas only 23% of the NPR/PBS audiences got one or more of these three factual questions wrong, 80% of Fox’s did.

So, the George W. Bush Administration forced NPR and PBS to adhere more fully to Bush’s (the US aristocracy’s) line. Bush lowered the best of the nation’s news-edia down to the standards that already existed for the lowest.

At NPR’s “Morning Edition” on 20 May 2005, host David Folkenflik reported about the pre-Bush culture at the Corporation for Public Broadvasting and compared it to the new culture there. He said that, the “culture gap became evident as long as two years ago. At oneclosed board meeting, according to two former CPB officials, [the Bush-appointed CPB chief Kenneth] Tomlinson suggested bringing in Fox News Channel anchor Brit Hume to talk to public broadcasting officials about how to create balanced news programs.”

Word was now out, among journalists throughout the world, that President Bush aimed to turn his country’s public broadcasting system into a domestic propaganda organ; and so, on May 30thThe New York Times headlined “Ombudsmen Rebuff Move by Public Broadcasting”, and reported — datelined May 27th from London — that: “An [international] association of news ombudsmen has rejected an attempt by two ombudsmen from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to join their organization as full-fledged members, questioning their independence. The Organization of News Ombudsmen, which represents nearly a hundred print and broadcast ombudsmen from around the world, more than half of them from the United States, voted at its annual conference here last week to change its bylaws to allow full membership only to those who work for news organizations,” which excluded representatives from CPB, because “it does not itself gather or produce news.” Observed one member, who happened to be the ombudsman from NPR, “We want members who are responsive to readers, not to governments or lobby groups.”

The Los Angeles Times media critic David Shaw took a broad historical view of this matter, headlining May 29th “There’s a ‘Nuclear Option’ for PBS’ Woes” opining that no PBS at all would be better than a PBS that’s a propaganda organ for the White House, and reminding readers: “The Bush administration is not the first to challenge the independence of PBS. Back in the 1970s, the Nixon administration was so estranged by PBS coverage of Watergate and the Vietnam War that it stacked the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting with Nixon sympathizers. ‘There were tremendous fights, with the Nixon administration trying to prevent public television from doing any public affairs programming at all,’ Lawrence Grossman, the former president of PBS, subsequently told the New York Times. The Bush administration, which has already accomplished the heretofore seemingly impossible by becoming even more media-averse than the Nixon administration, seems determined to surpass the wizard of Whittier and Watergate in bringing the CPB to heel as well.”

Mr. Shaw, like other major-media commentators about the national media, had previously stood by in silence, during 2002 and 2003, while America’s major media cavalierly spread amongst the US public, as virtually unchallenged, the false rumors coming from the Bush Administration, and from its allies such as the Bush-Administration-financed group of exiles, the Iraqi National Congress, saying that Iraq’s leader Saddam Hussein had been proven to be storing huge quantities of weapons of mass destruction and to be working in cahoots with Al Qaeda to threaten the United States. However, now, just a few years later, these very same “news” media were so frightened at the rising extent of this Administration’s control over their “news,” that these commentators were publicizing what those fascists were doing to force them, ‘journalists,’ into a military lock-step. This change in atmosphere was stunning; America’s press were now trying to extricate themselves from the prison they had only recently helped to construct for themselves. They didn’t think that they might get caught up in the prison that they had helped construct to contain the general public.

The United States had entered historic new territory after nearly 50 years of aristocratic/theocratic mass-indoctrination of the American people, which had occurred with the full support and cooperation of the nation’s presslords. There was now doubt; the old arrangements finally started to become questioned. Things were no longer settled. This was a real change of mentality. Only recently, there had been a total passivity of the US press: it propagandized for the President’s Medicaid prescription drug plan; it propagandized for his fabricated accusations against “Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction”; it served as an extension of the White House press office on many other of the President’s fraud-based programs. But this passivity was now finally replaced by a rising fear within the press, that the US might be transforming into a fascist state, which could threaten the press itself. The presslords themselves were at last becoming disturbed.

However, this President was already near to his goal of a totalitarian lock-down. Consequently, what could the press do, at such a late date? They had already given him the rope to hang not just the public, but themselves. He took it. The American press that stenographically transmitted to the American public the US government’s lies about “Saddam’s WMD” is continuing as if it hadn’t been sufficiently compliant. America’s great victories in overthrowing Gaddafi and Yanukovych are now supposed to be followed by Assad, and then Putin.

And European nations take this leadership as their own, instead of abandoning the US, abandoning NATO, and abandoning the US-controlled EU; abandoning all the mega-corporate, US-aristocracy-controlled, international-corporate fascist system — and now they willingly take in the millions of refugees from the bombs that the US had dropped in Libya and Syria, and that the US-installed rabidly anti-Russian government in Ukraine is dropping onto the areas of the former Ukraine that have rejected the US-imposed (in February 2014government in Kiev.

And the next target is Putin.

So: that’s the backstory behind the lie that Putin instead of Obama caused those millions of refugees pouring into Europe.

And, in German ‘news’ media, Bashar al-Assad and ISIS are being blamed for it, because practically no German is so media-deluded (like America’s conservatives are) as to think that Putin is to blame for it; and here is a German who states in very clear terms how rotten he thinks Germany’s ‘news’ media are (though America’s obviously are even worse) with those German media blaming “that the reasons for refugee-flows are Syrian President Bashar Assad and ISIS” instead of that “America is the cause of all these problems, American foreign policy.”

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