The Greek Church of Christ under Jewish Occupation

The 1821 Greek revolution for freedom, has not ended yet, because Greece has never really been a free country since the fall of Constantinople back in 1453

Your Eminence, Sir director regional of the region of Arta, Honourable Members of Parliament, Sir chief commander of the garrison of Arta, Sir City Mayor, Sir police commander of Arta, Sir commander of the fire brigade of the county, Representatives of the army veterans and of the reserve forces of national security, Representatives of the disabled and war victims, Representatives of county agencies, Sir chiefs of the services, Ladies and Gentlemen, many happy returns! Today is a double celebration, national and religious, as we all know, we are celebrating the beginning of the resurrection of the mankind and the declaration of the revolution of the Hellenic genus The Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary is the joyful message that Holy Mary received from Archangel Gabriel that she would become the bridge for God to come down to earth. She would be the ladder by which God would come in fresh in order to save man who had lost himself in immorality, but God loved him too much to let him at the mercy of sin and of the devil. Of course, the human being was created free by God, with free will. for this we operate on our own in the world without divine interventions «do this» or «don't do that». This free will of the human being was substantiated in the decision of Holy Mary to say «yes»; in her consent, in other words who although astonished by that divine message she agreed to participate in the divine plan. The same free will, was manifested in the decision of the fighters of 1821 in Agia Lavra monastery to say «yes» in the beginning of the revolution against the turkish tyranny and left the world speechless from amazement because they could see the tiny Greek David, rising against the Ottoman Goliath. Slavery to the Turks for the Greeks and not only for the Serbs, the Albanians, the Bulgarians, the Romanians, all the countries who had the fortune to be subordinates of the Sultan did not mean any cultural development as we they want to convince us some turkish soap operas and some strange books. It was a period of obscurantism and regression. Slavery to the Turks meant terror, robberies, abductions and rapes of women in the harems of the pashas, turkification of the children, secuestros de niños, jenízaros, violent islamization and illiteracy. I want someone to tell me which country and which race did ever hold after four hundred and in some places also five hundred years of slavery and maintain their faith and their national consciousness. And despite what some say that we are mixed that after four hundred years of slavery, we are not ancestors of the ancient Greeks, what importance has the human DNA, the important thing is the faith and the national identity which the Greeks maintained intact. And there is evidence of this. In 1657, a Jesuit monk wrote: «I wonder how it is possible that there still exist Christians in Turkey. And in Greece, one million, two hundred thousand Orthodox Christians given that since the epoch of Nero and Diocletian the Eastern church had never seen such brutal persecutions. as in the epoch of the Turkish occupation.» Didot, the french traveler, wrote that before 1821, imagine 400 years in slavery already, in the academy of Kydonies in Minor Asia, the pupils of the Academy were acting the «Hecabe» by Euripides and the «Persians» by Aeschylus in the Ancient text! Behind closed doors of course, for the Turks not to find out, but in the Ancient text; and they had agreed among themselves to speak the ancient Greek language; In this way the christianism survived and the Hellenism during all these centuries. Of course an important role has been also the contribution of the Orthodox Church, which paid a high price in blood during the revolution and before and after that. Patriarch Gregory the fifth has been hanged. The Archbishop of Cyprus Kyprianou, Papaflessas, Palaion Patrón Germanos are a few examples of priests that fell on the altar of the homeland; and they are not the only ones. Beyond that nevertheless, the Orthodox Church has always been close to the Turkish occupied Greek regions. The church was funding schools, tried to maintain in the memory of the enslaved Greeks their national identity. And it is obvious that the church was teaching the Greek language within the secret schools. These secret schools, that also receive a lot of controversy today, because some people, walled behind their university chairs, are questioning the institution of the secret school, for two reasons: First because there already existed schools, the Turks allowed the existence of schools, therefore there existed no reason for secret schools, and secondly there exists no historical evidence for the sectet schools. In which way the turks allowed the existence of the greek schools someone can see with his own eyes if he visits Turkey today and see how freely the current Greek children learn, the ones that have remained in Instanbul, their history, their civilization, and their religion. Or make a simple visit to Agia Sofia the church, as turist, to find out whether any Greek tourist guide dares to mention in front of the Turks the real history of Byzantium and of the temple. Today, in modern Turkey, you can imagine the freedom of schools at that times. As for the lack of evidence about the secret school, is it possible for an illegal institution that was going on without the awareness of the Turks, to exist historic memories about it? And yet they exist! In the book 'Unfortunate Epirus' by the french Rene Puaux it's written about the life of the Greeks in Argirocastro during the times of Turkish ocupation; and says: «The was no chance that they (the Turks) would accept book that were sent from Athens. All books had to be sent from Konstantinopolis (Estanbul). It was forbidden for the children to learn the Greek history. For this reason, after class there were secret sessions without notebooks and books, where the young students learned the national anthem, their heros, everything that was to be taught about their homeland together with the Greek language.» How can we call that Ladies and Gentlemen? Should we call it hidden tutorial sessions? Should we call it additional hidden teaching support? If this is not secret school then what is it? How many more testimonies are needed? In any case the Nation has survived after 400 and 500 years of slavery, and it survived because the spirit had not been enslaved, and remained unconquerable and rebellious, only the land had been enslaved. This spirit that allowed Leonidas to say «Come and get our weapons» to Xerxes, this became an anthem in the mouth of Rigas Fereos, was heated by the sermons of the Greek Enlightenment pioneers, of Korais, of father Kosmas from Aitolia: «Better is an hour of freedom than fourty years of slavery and prison» That became a pennon; three harsh but true words: «Freedom or Death» and that was the spirit to which Ibrahim Pasha knelt in Maniaki, in front of the dead body of Papaflessas and worshiped him. It was the Greek spirit that he worshiped back then. Of course as in yesterday and today and always also at that times, there were some who disagreed with the revolution. They were the realists of the time, the pragmatists, lets say, the logical ones, a kind of technocrats of that epoch. They saw the illogical, It was impossible a handful of Greeks without support, without money, to step forward and to resist to the ottoman empire and they openly declared this. But history has proven that they were cowards of the case and the future, Ladies and Gentlemen, is not upon the cowards to make, the neutrals, or the ensconced ones, it's made by those who raise the head and say no to the tyrant to all sorts of tyrants. For this reason Kolokotronis was saying that «the world thought we were mad but if we were not crazy we wouldn't have made revolution.» Kolokotronis, Karaiskakis Kanaris, Bouboulina Nikitaras, Botsaris, how many heroes, heroes without an end... Tripolitsa, Maniaki, Peta, Souli, Kougi, Messolongi, how many sacrifices, how many holocausts... Rivers of blood and piles of dead... Of course by merely listing here the chronicle of the revolution would be hypocritical because I would do it very superficially and it would be a shame these fighters to merely enumerate them in a superficial way. It would be better to understand the message of the revolution and of it's results of course. 194 years have passed since then and we have all understood that we Greeks were and still are always alone. We were fighting and we keep fighting always alone. The Europeans at that time gave no importance to the Greek struggle and not only they gave no importance but they also persecuted it. They were gathered in Laibach the representatives of the holy alliance when the news of the Greek revolution arrived and were discussing a way to deal with the Spanish revolution. And of course they unanimously condemned the Greek revolution. The Greeks however gave no importance to that they took care of grabbing their attention. And when later France, England and Russia came to help the Greek revolution, they did not do it, of course because of their good heart, they did it because they could see that the ottoman empire was collapsing and they also wanted to get a good piece. In any case regardless what happened, a small piece of Greece got free. It was now independent. And then as it always happens during the glorious moments of the Greeks came out the dark side of the Greeks. The discord. A dispute started between militaries and politicians, a dispute which of course was motivated from two loans that the Greeks took in 1824 and 1825, of 2 million eight hundred thousand pounds. From which loans, ladies and gentlemen, the eight hundred thousands went to the revolution, attention, not in the pockets of the fighters, because Nikitaras dies in utmost poverty in Piraeus and Kolokotronis got exiled and he was imprisoned in Palamidi. The rest died in the battlefields, the majority. Not therefore in the pockets of the revolutionaries, they went to the revolution, for bullets and guns. Nevertheless the two million pounds, went on deductions, and contributions for bankers the English and French bankers, of the Ricardo and Rothschild brothers. Do you understand? This repeats 194 years until today. This loop in Greece's throat exists to this day. What can we say therefore about these people? Say that we honour them with parades and superficial speeches? We have to honour them with actions ladies and gentlemen. Forgive my tone, I do not speak neither politically nor ideologically, I speak as a Greek woman. Greek in the spirit and in the soul. Greek also in the origin of course, but that is of the least importance. Because someone does not have to be Greek in order to think in a free manner. Lord Byron was not Greek, he was English. However he came, fought and died in Greece. And he said truths that unfortunately are valid till today. The philhellenes, said Byron demand from the Greeks to show more gratitude toward the west. They are not thankful enough the Greeks towards their allies. Why, says Byron, should the Greeks be grateful? What good did they ever see from the europeans? Do they have to be grateful to the Turks for the slavery? Do they have to be grateful to the Franks for the unfulfilled promises and for the opportunist tips? Do they have to be grateful to that antiquarian that came and took the Greek marbles and transported them out of Greece? He means Elgin. How different is the situation today? The marbles are still where they took them. Europeans are watching indifferently the economic situation of our country... They help us of course with loans which are profitable for them to the detriment of Greece, we are in the middle of the turbulence of a financial war this time, and Greece has to be kneeled and obey to the firmaments of the European empire not of the ottoman and of the european sultans, not the ottoman ones. A country, which gave civilization to Europe, now is a beggar opposite the ones that civilized. This reply of course is given by Makriyiannis, very aptly, by saying that: «they cannot put us in the pod of the egg, because we are not broods any more... We are birds now and we fly and we don't fit in the pod of the egg.» says Makriyiannis; and goes on: «Since the antiquity and until now, everyone, all beasts were falling upon Greece and wanted to take one of its pieces. But despite the pieces that they took, there always remains one: The yeast. And from this yeast erupts the spark that brings the miracle.» To my opinion this yeast are those children present here today that stand with pride holding the Greek flag and if the whather allows it they will march in a while and we shall applaud them. These children that maybe they are not all of them Greek this has no importance at all, they nevertheless have Greek soul. These children, Ladies and Gentlemen, when I ask them in the schools or when I talk to them about Karaiskakis, their mind goes to the stadium Karaiskakis. And when I tell them about 21 their mind goes to the gate 21 (of another stadium) and they ask me if I am supporter of AEK football team. And they are right these kids to be in spiritual confusion. Because, years ago, Kissinger was saying that if one wants to make war with the Greeks and conquer them it's impossible to do it with the weapons. You will do it if you separate them from their civilization, from their religion, from their ideals. And this is exactly what the internationalists are going that we have today over our heads, governing us, who try in an ecumenical spirit to destroy all the historical roots and all the historical memories in these kids. And unfortunately this is what happens within the educational system as well. The term «Turkish occupation» has been taken out and «ottoman period» is written. The term «slaughter in Smyrna» goes away and «crowding the harbor» is written. The term «genoside» is missing and we now have «civilian casualties». Former member of the ministry of education and historian and university professor, was saying from the university chair that we must at any cost to try to force out this barbaric value of heroism from our kids. It's a barbaric value the heroism... Children should not have heroes. They should not have heroes to follow, values. Because those are not necessary in the markets... Simple! For this reason therefore from the young ages, to our small friends here of the primary schools, we don't give them anything that can make their little hearts leap a little something of higher value, something different... We must have them locked these children, in a channel that prepares them for the labor market. And you can see in the language books of the 5th and 6th grade of primary one text by Dido Sotiríou... Only. One by Banezis one by Penelope Delta... In both books... One story in each book. Where is Palamas, where is Karkavitsas, where is Papantoniou, nowhere. Instead of that? Those books are magazines of various content. The children learn cooking recipies. They learn how to make invitations to a party, how to organize a concert, instructions for an electric coffee maker, how to make comics... Meaningless, neutral content, even silly, which what does it offer? Information. Not knowledge... Not values... This yeast ladies and gentlemen, we the parents, we the teachers, we the institutions, we must give it the form. And we must decide how we will form it. What do we want from these children. Whether we want them to be in a virtual reality of the electronic games, calm beings without will, we should not celebrate the anniversary of 1821, neither organize parades and speeches... If we want to give them the example of 1821, we have to tell them «Wake up!» «Live in reality!» «See your future participate in this future, speak up!» «Claim!» We have to teach them that the heroes of 1821, they maybe were illiterate and slaves, but they had a free soul! To teach them that there exist more values other than «self-education» or of the «lifelong learning»... Greater values! Like the christian love toward the fellow man. Like freedom. To teach them that slave is not the one in chains is the one that does not dare to think freely. is the one that cannot dominate his own future neither define his future. And that free man is not the one that lives in a country with safe borders like in our country for example... Children, I am sorry if I bore you, but I turn to you with all the love that can hold a mother and an educator, in order to tell you that what you hold in your hands this are the ideals of the 1821 revolution. Even if we hand them to you distorted or we don't them to you at all. You hold those ideals in your hands (the Greek flag). This is not a mere pole and a piece of cloth that you are holding... This is the cross that we have taken down from the walls of the colleges along with the sacred icons to be in conformance with the spirit of religious tolerance, but the cross is stitched on the flag and it is also sewn into your hearts. And this flag, that our generation together with the older ones only remembers during the anniversaries, you now hold in your hands and you shall wave in the future to come. And I wish that this future that you hold in your hands to be so stable so that you can hold stable the freedom of Greece, but basically the freedom of your soul and of your mind. Thank you


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