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NY Governor defies God with abortion as constitutional right

Andrew Cuomo made abortion legal to a degree not seen before, but the leading Christian communities have been strangely silent.

Seraphim Hanisch




The title of this piece is honestly not strong enough, but it does state the fact.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo took a major step to promote the willful murder of the unborn by signing into law a measure that allows elective abortion at any stage of a woman’s pregnancy, up to the instant before birth. And if the baby is “accidentally” born alive, it can be killed anyway.

And the Christian community at large, most notably the Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches, have taken zero action other than an open letter about the situation. Rather, the Greek Orthodox Church has said nothing at all to date about this measure, signed into law by one of the recipients of its own highest humanitarian award. The Roman Catholics were slightly more vocal (because anything is more vocal than silence), but their response was muted, when the most severe consequence, excommunication from the Holy Sacrament of Communion, should have been slapped on those that made this law in nothing flat.

So, what happened, exactly?

This measure was incorporated into the Constitution of  New York State itself, making elective abortion a “right.” It features several disturbing aspects which we have quoted radio host Rush Limbaugh on in order to elucidate:

By a vote of 38-24, abortion was voted on in the New York Senate to be added to the New York Constitution as a constitutional right. But wait. We’re just getting started. The New York State Senate yesterday voted 38-24 “to allow nonphysicians to perform abortions.” The New York State Senate voted yesterday 38-24 “to allow abortion through the third trimester.” 

But the pure evil is in the last part of the bill. The New York State Senate voted 38-24 yesterday “to repeal protections for babies that survive abortions.” The abortion business in New York has just been voted on as constitutional by the New York State Senate… [and] killing a baby in New York after it survives an abortion is legal — and was applauded in a standing ovation in the New York State Senate chamber.

This is the culture of death, full-on, in a way that has never been seen before in the United States; maybe not even anywhere else in the civilized world. And this, with the governor of New York supposedly a Roman Catholic. Surely he was against this measure, right?


The governor did not just sign this legislation, he promoted itThe newly reconstructed World Trade Center, destroyed in 2001 by Islamic terrorists, had its crowning spire lit in pink to celebrate this landmark bill. Three bridges in Albany were also so ordered to use pink lighting to commemorate this “victory.”

WTC spire lit pink to celebrate New York as a baby-killer state. Really.

Further, this clip shows the audience reaction to this action.

Governor Cuomo also signed legislation that will ban what has been called “conversion therapy” for minors who are suffering from sexual dysphoria. This is the condition in which a boy or a girl thinks that they are really supposed to be the sex that they aren’t. The process that is designed to help kids actually come to their senses about who they are and get through the crisis that is creating the dysphoria in the first place.

The term “conversion therapy” is rather pejorative, and for the liberals in New York and 14 other states in the US it is a legally sanctioned decision that children suffering from this condition should be allowed to mutilate themselves, acting on the sickness, rather than treating it. “Conversion therapy” brings the idea of “brainwashing” to many American’s minds, and this is such a distasteful premise that even conservative Americans find themselves often unable to argue in any convincing way against it.

What is particularly dire to liberals about this is the estimate that approximately 57,000 troubled kids will receive “conversion therapy” from “a religious or spiritual adviser.” In other words, religious people will try to help people follow the will of God and not go with whatever their brains and bodies are telling them to do.

Well, what religion would do such a thing?

Christians, of course! Especially those who actually still uphold the way of life prescribed by the Church from antiquity: that a family is a mother and a father and children. One man, one woman, and their children.

The LGBT community has dedicated itself to destroying this concept by its own brand of “conversion therapy” through activism, pressure on political leaders and unrelenting attacks on Christian institutions. This activism is far from fringe. Consider how many recent TV programs and concepts feature the idea of a gay or lesbian superhero. And not only is this to be something we just “know” in a vague manner, but we have to see this in action as well.

This is happening because Christianity has lost its salt, so to speak, through its ever-increasing fragmentation and disintegration, resulting in an almost complete loss of doctrinal adherence, and even worse, the inability to create Christian unity across a field of people who basically believe whatever they like and call it “Christian” for some reason.

Those Christian confessions that still uphold the commands from God regarding family and sexuality are declining in number in the United States, with the Eastern Orthodox Christians and some Roman Catholics still holding the line, along with some of the more conservative Protestant groups.

But many so-called “Christian” confessions have adopted the notion that, somehow, God has changed his mind about this and so now same-sex marriage is okay, homosexuality is fine (“we are free to love who we want to love” is the byline for this), and elective abortion is either ignored or blessed. Only the Roman Catholic leaders and Orthodox leaders seem to be honestly committed to keeping the faith as it always was.

But now, sadly, both of these most ancient Christian confessions appears to be giving this sort of behavior a pass.

The Greek Orthodox Church in the United States (Ecumenical Patriarchate) is on record for awarding the Order of St Andrew’s Athenagoras Human Rights Award to Governor Cuomo on October 15, 2016.

This was in response to the projected completion of the new St Nicholas Shrine that was to be built to replace the old St Nicholas Church that was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks.

But that was 2016. This is now January 2019, the church is still not built and the money for it vanished. Additionally the Ecumenical Patriarch is sowing all kinds of problems in Ukraine by authorizing the creation of an “Orthodox Church” which will actually be nothing more than a mouthpiece of depraved western lifestyles as they try to use the Church edifice to force the normalization of gay and lesbian life and paedophilia and drug use upon perhaps the last bastion of dedicated Christians on earth – those in the former Soviet Union’s nations like Ukraine.

This is not the first time the Ecumenical Patriarchate has done this. In 2015 they also awarded their highest award to then-Vice President Joe Biden, who served the most pro-abortion administration in US history. His attitude about abortion was not hidden, as he is on record for promoting it as a senator.

There is no apparent reaction from the Greek Orthodox Church in prominence regarding Governor Cuomo’s decision. The Roman Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Albany, the capital city of New York State, did issue an open letter about this situation which one can read in full, here. We quote an excerpt from it, with added emphasis:

“Although in your recent State of the State address you cited your Catholic faith and said we should “stand with Pope Francis,” your advocacy of extreme abortion legislation is completely contrary to the teachings of our pope and our Church. Once truth is separated from fiction and people come to realize the impact of the bill, they will be shocked to their core…

…Contrary to what its proponents say, the RHA goes far beyond Roe vs. Wade in its aggressive extremism. Granting non-doctors permission to perform abortions does nothing to advance the security and health of women. Condoning coerced or involuntary abortions by repealing criminal sanctions even in cases where a perpetrator seeks to make his partner “un-pregnant” through an act of physical violence does not represent any kind of progress in the choice, safety or health of women. Removing protection for an infant accidentally born alive during an abortion is abject cruelty, something most people of conscience would deem inhumane for even a dog or cat. Finally, allowing late-term abortions is nothing less than a license to kill a pre-born child at will.

The Bishop’s letter also addresses something unusually savage, even for pro-choice politicians. In a speech, the governor pressed the matter even farther, openly condemning conservative points of view when he said the following:

“It’s more about extreme Republicans versus moderate Republicans… You’re seeing that play out in New York. The Republican Party candidates are running against the SAFE Act — it was voted for by moderate Republicans who run the Senate.

“Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”

This is probably one of the first times a political leader of such stature has declared such a condemnatory position, but it is not Mr. Cuomo’s first time saying something like this. He framed the same sentiment recently in another speech, extolling New York as the place where one is welcome if they are any minority, but never addressed or honored the Christian population of his state.

New York State is far from being an exclusively atheist enclave. There are many Christian believers there, many people that do indeed uphold the traditional way of life. So to be openly disinvited by their governor was probably unsettling. Maybe they will take him up on their offer to leave the state.

While the comment from the Roman Catholic bishop is appreciated and on the mark, the apparent sellout of the Greek Orthodox Church – a confession 1,000 years older, and historically far more traditional than any other Christian confession in existence, shows that the problem is very severe. If the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of the US wishes to prove their stand is with Christ and not with the world, they ought to start at least by revoking these Athenogoras Awards given to pro-abortionist leaders.

However, this occurrence with the Greek Orthodox Church is not representative of the sum total of all of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Most of the existing Orthodox jurisdictions exist in former Soviet states which experienced severe religious persecution. Now the Church stands strong in these countries, amazingly so, and the populations of the people who are churchgoers and clergy are strongly outspoken on such matters.

The anti-Christian rhetoric in the United States jumped several notches in the week between January 18 and January 25 this year. It is vital for believers and Church leaders to make their own strong statement, lest their silence be taken as assent for the latest persecution of Christians to continue.

Rush Limbaugh also discussed the matter of why this is happening with one of his listeners. In this exchange shown in transcript format, the radio host, who is not publicly associated with any Christian denomination, nonetheless got it exactly right in this discussion.

RUSH: …To me, it’s the fundamental question: Who in the world could want this? Who in the world could advocate for it. Who in the world could start poisoning young kids’ minds that cues they’re the ones that have to grow up and have the abortions in the first place. What do you have to do to erase the God and the conscience from young people that you get hold of starting at kindergarten? Who would want this and why? What is the possible benefit to this? Particularly —

CALLER: I think it’s what you talked about earlier. They want to erase God right out of their lives, right out of society. They don’t want to answer to a God. They’re void of any kind of wisdom. It just doesn’t make sense at all, and the Bible says, “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.”

RUSH: Well, now, you’re getting close.

CALLER: Well, take God out of the picture, take God off his rightful throne and leave man to his ways, and we’re gonna end up right where we’re at.

RUSH: So you would say… If I may paraphrase, you would say that part of this is an open-faced defiance of God?

It certainly is. And no nation which does this succeeds for very long.





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The day men can also get pregnant, that is the day when men would have the right to tell a woman what she can/can’t do with her body. I don’t think men will ever be able to endure the pain of giving birth…

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They have to endure the pain of pretty much everything else, though, mostly without complaining.


I am entirely pro abortion. But thereason abortion should be legal is to protect the woman’s life and reproductive health. That means abortions should be performed only by qualified professionals in an environment suitable for the procedure. Women are vulnerable and the right for non medical doctors to perform abortions should be limited so as to keep women safe, especially those of lesser means. While there are situations in which abortion right before birth may be justified – like when a baby would be born so damaged that life would be too painful to bear. But that is the exception,… Read more »


Aren’t you lucky your mother didn’t agree with this view and insist on her “right to choose”?


The conclusion of Russiagate, Part II – news fatigue across America

The daily barrage of Russiagate news may have been a tool to wear down the American public as the Deep State plays the long game for control.

Seraphim Hanisch



Presently there is a media blitz on across the American news media networks. As was the case with the Russiagate investigation while it was ongoing, the conclusions have merely given rise to a rather unpleasant afterbirth in some ways as all the parties involve pivot their narratives. The conclusion of Russiagate appears to be heavily covered, yet if statistics here at The Duran are any indication, there is a good possibility that the public is absolutely fatigued over this situation.

And, perhaps, folks, that is by design.

Joseph Goebbels had many insights about the use of the media to deliver and enforce propaganda. One of his quotes runs thus:

The best propaganda is that which, as it were, works invisibly, penetrates the whole of life without the public having any knowledge of the propagandistic initiative.

and another:

That is of course rather painful for those involved. One should not as a rule reveal one’s secrets, since one does not know if and when one may need them again. The essential English leadership secret does not depend on particular intelligence. Rather, it depends on a remarkably stupid thick-headedness. The English follow the principle that when one lies, it should be a big lie, and one should stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous.

If there has ever been a narrative that employed these two principles, it is Russiagate.

A staggering amount of attention has been lavished on this nothing-burger issue. Axios reports that an analytics company named Newswhip tallied an astounding 533,074 web articles published about Russia and President Trump and the Mueller investigation (a number which is being driven higher even now, moment by moment, ad nauseam). Newsbusters presently reports that the networks gave 2,284 minutes to the coverage of this issue, a number which seems completely inaccurate because it is much too low (38 hours at present), and we are waiting for a correction on this estimate.

Put it another way: Are you sick of Russiagate? That is because it has dominated the news for over 675 days of nearly wall-to-wall news cycles. The political junkies on both sides are still pretty jazzed up about this story – the Pro-Trump folks rejoicing over the presently ‘cleared’ status, while of course preparing for the upcoming Democrat / Deep State pivot, and the Dems in various levels of stress as they try to figure out exactly how to pivot in such a manner that they do not lose face – or pace – in continuing their efforts to rid their lives of the “Irritant-in-Chief” who now looks like he is in the best position of his entire presidency.

But a lot of people do not care. They are tired.

I hate to say it (and yes, I am speaking personally and directly), but this may be a dangerous fatigue. Here is why:

The barrage of propaganda on this issue was never predicated on any facts. It still isn’t. However, as we noted a few days ago, courtesy of Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, at present, 53% of US registered voters believe that the Trump campaign worked with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

That means 53% of the voting public now believes something that is totally false.

Many of these people are probably simply exhausted from the constant coverage of this allegation as well. So when the news came out Sunday night that there was no evidence of collusion and no conclusive evidence, hence, of obstruction of justice by the Trump Administration – in other words, this whole thing was a nothing burger – will this snap those 53% back into reality?

Probably not. Many of them may well be so worn down that they no longer care. Or worse, they are so worn out that they will continue to believe the things they are told that sustain the lie, despite its being called out as such.

C.S. Lewis wrote about this peculiarity of human nature, in particular in the seventh book of his Chronicles of Narnia. After a prolonged and fierce assault on the sensibilities of the Narnians with the story that Aslan, the Christ figure of this world, was in fact an angry overlord, selling the Narnians themselves into slavery, and selling the whole country out to its enemy, with the final touch being that Aslan and the devilish deity of the enemy nation were in fact one and the same, the Narnians were unable to snap back to reality when it was shown conclusively and clearly that this was in fact not the case.

The fear that was instilled from the use of false narratives persisted and blocked the animals from reality.

Lewis summarized it this way through the thoughts of Tirian, the lead character in this tale:

Tirian had never dreamed that one of the results of an Ape’s setting up as a false Aslan would be to stop people from believing in the real one. He had felt quite sure that the Dwarfs would rally to his side the moment he showed them how they had been deceived. And then next night he would have led them to Stable Hill and shown Puzzle to all the creatures and everyone would have turned against the Ape and, perhaps after a scuffle with the Calormenes, the whole thing would have been over. But now, it seemed, he could count on nothing. How many other Narnians might turn the same way as the Dwarfs?

This is part of the toll this very long propaganda campaign is very likely to take on many Americans. It takes being strongly informed and educated on facts to withstand the withering force of a narrative that never goes away. Indeed, if anything, it takes even more effort now, because the temptation of the pro-Trump side will be to retreat to a set of political talking points that, interestingly enough, validate Robert Mueller’s “integrity” when only a week ago they were attacking this as a false notion.

This is very dangerous, and even though Mr. Trump and his supporters won this battle, if they do not come at this matter in a way that shows education, and not merely the restating of platitudes and talking points that “should be more comfortable, now that we’ve won!”

The cost of Russiagate may be far higher than anyone wants it to be. And yes, speaking personally, I understand the fatigue. I am tired of this issue too. But the temptation to go silent may have already taken a lot of people so far that they will not accept the reality that has just been revealed.

Politics is a very fickle subject. Truth is extremely malleable for many politicians, and that is saying it very nicely. But this issue was not just politics. It was slander with a purpose, and that purpose is unchanged now. In fact things may even be more dangerous for the President – even risking his very life – because if the powers that are working behind the people trying to get rid of President Trump come to realize that they have no political support, they will move to more extreme measures. In fact this may have already been attempted.

We at The Duran reported a few months ago on a very strange but very compelling story that suggested that there was an attempted assassination and coup that was supposed to have taken place on January 17th of this year. It did not happen, but there was a parallel story that noted that the President may have been targeted for assassination already no fewer than twelve times.  Hopefully this is just tinfoil-hat stuff. But we have seen that this effort to be rid of President Trump is fierce and it is extremely well-supported within its group. There is no reason to think that the pressure will lighten now that this battle has been lost.

The stakes are much too high, and even this long investigation may well have been part of the weaponry of the group we sometimes refer to as the “Deep State” in their effort to reacquire power, and in their effort to continue to pursue both a domestic and geopolitical agenda that has so far shown itself to be destructive to both individuals and nations all over the world.

Speculation? Yes. Needless? We hope so. This is a terrible possibility that hopefully no reasonable person wants to consider.

Honestly, folks, we do not know. But we had to put this out there for your consideration.

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Schaeuble, Greece and the lessons learned from a failed GREXIT (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 117.

Alex Christoforou



The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris examine a recent interview with the Financial Times given by Wolfgang Schäuble, where the former German Finance Minister, who was charged with finding a workable and sustainable solution to the Greek debt crisis, reveals that his plan for Greece to take a 10-year “timeout” from the eurozone (in order to devalue its currency and save its economy) was met with fierce resistance from Brussels hard liners, and Angela Merkel herself.

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“Look where we’re sitting!” says Wolfgang Schäuble, gesturing at the Berlin panorama stretching out beneath us. It is his crisp retort to those who say that Europe is a failure, condemned to a slow demise by its own internal contradictions. “Walk through the Reichstag, the graffiti left by the Red Army soldiers, the images of a destroyed Berlin. Until 1990 the Berlin Wall ran just below where we are now!”

We are in Käfer, a restaurant on the rooftop of the Reichstag. The views are indeed stupendous: Berlin Cathedral and the TV Tower on Alexanderplatz loom through the mist. Both were once in communist East Berlin, cut off from where we are now by the wall. Now they’re landmarks of a single, undivided city. “Without European integration, without this incredible story, we wouldn’t have come close to this point,” he says. “That’s the crazy thing.”

As Angela Merkel’s finance minister from 2009 to 2017, Schäuble was at the heart of efforts to steer the eurozone through a period of unprecedented turbulence. But at home he is most associated with Germany’s postwar political journey, having not only negotiated the 1990 treaty unifying East and West Germany but also campaigned successfully for the capital to move from Bonn.

For a man who has done so much to put Berlin — and the Reichstag — back on the world-historical map, it is hard to imagine a more fitting lunch venue. With its open-plan kitchen and grey formica tables edged in chrome, Käfer has a cool, functional aesthetic that is typical of the city. On the wall hangs a sketch by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, who famously wrapped the Reichstag in silver fabric in 1995.

The restaurant has one other big advantage: it is easy to reach from Schäuble’s office. Now 76, he has been confined to a wheelchair since he was shot in an assassination attempt in 1990, and mobility is an issue. Aides say he tends to avoid restaurants if he can, especially at lunchtime.

As we take our places, we talk about Schäuble’s old dream — that German reunification would be a harbinger of European unity, a step on the road to a United States of Europe. That seems hopelessly out of reach in these days of Brexit, the gilets jaunes in France, Lega and the Five Star Movement in Italy.

Some blame Schäuble himself for that. He was, after all, the architect of austerity, a fiscal hawk whose policy prescriptions during the euro crisis caused untold hardship for millions of ordinary people, or so his critics say. He became a hate figure, especially in Greece. Posters in Athens in 2015 depicted him with a Hitler moustache below the words: “Wanted — for mass poverty and devastation”.

Schäuble rejects the criticism that austerity caused the rise of populism. “Higher spending doesn’t lead to greater contentment,” he says. The root cause lies in mass immigration, and the insecurities it has unleashed. “What European country doesn’t have this problem?” he asks. “Even Sweden. The poster child of openness and the willingness to help.”

But what of the accusation that he didn’t care enough about the suffering of the southern Europeans? Austerity divided the EU and spawned a real animus against Schäuble. I ask him how that makes him feel now. “Well I’m sad, because I played a part in all of that,” he says, wistfully. “And I think about how we could have done it differently.”

I glance at the menu — simple German classics with a contemporary twist. I’m drawn to the starters, such as Oldenburg duck pâté and the Müritz smoked trout. But true to his somewhat abstemious reputation, Schäuble has no interest in these and zeroes in on the entrées. He chooses Käfer’s signature veal meatballs, a Berlin classic. I go for the Arctic char and pumpkin.

Schäuble switches seamlessly back to the eurozone crisis. The original mistake was in trying to create a common currency without a “common economic, employment and social policy” for all eurozone member states. The fathers of the euro had decided that if they waited for political union to happen first they’d wait forever, he says.

Yet the prospects for greater political union are now worse than they have been in years. “The construction of the EU has proven to be questionable,” he says. “We should have taken the bigger steps towards integration earlier on, and now, because we can’t convince the member states to take them, they are unachievable.”

Greece was a particularly thorny problem. It should never have been admitted to the euro club in the first place, Schäuble says. But when its debt crisis first blew up, it should have taken a 10-year “timeout” from the eurozone — an idea he first floated with Giorgos Papakonstantinou, his Greek counterpart between 2009 and 2011. “I told him you need to be able to devalue your currency, you’re not competitive,” he says. The reforms required to repair the Greek economy were going to be “hard to achieve in a democracy”. “That’s why you need to leave the euro for a certain period. But everyone said there was no chance of that.”

The idea didn’t go away, though. Schäuble pushed for a temporary “Grexit” in 2015, during another round of the debt crisis. But Merkel and the other EU heads of government nixed the idea. He now reveals he thought about resigning over the issue. “On the morning the decision was made, [Merkel] said to me: ‘You’ll carry on?’ . . . But that was one of the instances where we were very close [to my stepping down].”

It is an extraordinary revelation, one that highlights just how rocky his relationship with Merkel has been over the years. Schäuble has been at her side from the start, an éminence grise who has helped to resolve many of the periodic crises of her 13 years as chancellor. But it was never plain sailing.

“There were a few really bad conflicts where she knew too that we were on the edge and I would have gone,” he says. “I always had to weigh up whether to go along with things, even though I knew it was the wrong thing to do, as was the case with Greece, or whether I should go.” But his sense of duty prevailed. “We didn’t always agree — but I was always loyal.”

That might have been the case when he was a serving minister, but since becoming speaker of parliament in late 2017 he has increasingly distanced himself from Merkel. Last year, when she announced she would not seek re-election as leader of the Christian Democratic Union, the party that has governed Germany for 50 of the past 70 years, Schäuble openly backed a candidate described by the Berlin press as the “anti-Merkel”. Friedrich Merz, a millionaire corporate lawyer who is the chairman of BlackRock Germany, had once led the CDU’s parliamentary group but lost out to Merkel in a power struggle in 2002, quitting politics a few years later. He has long been seen as one of the chancellor’s fiercest conservative critics — and is a good friend of Schäuble’s.

Ultimately, in a nail-biting election last December, Merkel’s favoured candidate, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, narrowly beat Merz. The woman universally known as “AKK” is in pole position to succeed Merkel as chancellor when her fourth and final term ends in 2021.

I ask Schäuble if it’s true that he had once again waged a battle against Merkel and once again lost. “I never went to war against Ms Merkel,” he says. “Everybody says that if I’m for Merz then I’m against Merkel. Why is that so? That’s nonsense.”

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