Election Day 2008, Prayer for America

Orthodox Prayer Book | Chris Banescu | Nov. 4, 2008

Almighty God, the Father of mercies, Lord of all Creation, and Spring of all comfort, hear our prayers, come to our defense, and deliver us from the dangers and evil that besets us and threatens to enslave us and our children. Oh Master, Jesus Christ, we beseech You to save this land and have mercy on Your people, for the days are dark and our hearts are troubled.

We believe Lord, that all trials of life are under Your care and that all things work for the good of those who love You. Take away from us fear, anxiety, and distress. Help us to face and endure these difficult and dangerous times with faith, courage, and wisdom. Grant that these trials may bring us closer to You for You are our rock and refuge, our comfort and hope, our delight and joy. We trust in Your love and compassion. For unto Thee are due all glory, honor, and worship: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen. [Read more…]


Our Blog Was Hacked, We Know Who Did It

Our Blog was hacked on Tuesday, Jan 29, 2008 at approximately 19:29:06. The criminal who did this erased the entire database (including all online backups) of stories, posts, and comments and deleted all the user accounts, including all administrator access. Luckily, our provider uses monitoring software on its servers and we were able to capture and restore some key information about this perpetrator. (PS – He’s not a conservative.)

We were also able to restore our Blog database as of January 24, 2008 from our off-site server backups. Over the next few days we will re-add some of the more important stories that were posted here.


Thanking Our Veterans

Veterans Day

Human Events | Margaret Hunter | Nov. 12, 2007

“If you enjoy your freedom, thank a vet.” I read this and can barely hold back the tears. I feel that, because I am a military wife and I know exactly what it means.

It is Veterans Day, and for so many, it is just another long weekend, a day off from work. It is Veterans Day. On this day our every thought should be remembering those who so bravely fought for the very freedom we enjoy. For every American, this day should be about educating ourselves and others on why we celebrate this national holiday. On this day we express gratitude to those who continue to give up their every comfort and leave their family homes to protect the country we and they hold so dear. The men and women in uniform — past and present — are the reason why America is and always will be known as the greatest nation on earth.

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Well folks, I am hanging up my hat

After a couple of very interesting years on this blog, it is time to call it quits. Several events prompted my decision, chiefly the launch of the American Orthodox Institute. AOI will have its own blog, administered by John Couretas, the Executive Director of AOI, where I will be an occasional contributer. The AOI blog will be moderated with the goal of discussing in greater detail and depth the Orthodox response to cultural issues and other items. I am simply not able to maintain this blog with the new projects.

But don’t despair! The blog isn’t going away, it’s just under new management. Chris Banescu, webmaster of OrthodoxNet.com, lawyer, university professor, business owner, and all around good guy whom many of you already know, is taking over the helm. He is the man in charge. We’ve already redesigned the blog to match the upcoming redesign of his popular site. Things will work just as they did before, but I am sure that Chris will put his own stamp on things as time goes along.

OrthodoxyToday.org will undergo a few changes as well. In addition to spinning off the blog, I plan to return the site to its original focus of social commentary informed by morally clear analysis, and spin off the Orthodox authors section into a separate website. I think the authors section has great potential for growth. Hopefully this can be done in the next few weeks.

Usually when I resign a project, I resign it completely. I was involved in starting the Orthodox-Forum internet discussion list when these lists were just in their infancy. It took off, but once it got established I left to start OrthodoxyToday.org. Well, that took off too, and now I am working on AOI. I will check in from time to time but you won’t see me contributing much.

For you techies, OrthodoxNet.com Blog hosting will remain where it is. That’s why you see a blog title and url mismatch. Apart from the hosting however, this blog is now Chris’ baby.

Let the debates continue!


FOX To Air Controversial Documentary on Islam

FOX News | October 18, 2007

A controversial film that PBS axed from its documentary series about the post-Sept. 11 world will be broadcast for the first time nationwide this week by the FOX News Channel.

The documentary, originally titled “Islam vs. Islamists,” was produced by ABG Films with $675,000 in public funds from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. It was originally slated to run earlier this year as part of PBS’ “America at a Crossroads” series.

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Announcing the American Orthodox Institute

The project I’ve been working on the last three years was unveiled yesterday. It’s called the American Orthodox Institute (AOI) and has this mission: The American Orthodox Institute is a research and educational organization that engages the cultural issues of the day within the Orthodox Christian moral tradition. Take a look at the AOI website to get a clearer idea of contributers, advisors, and such. Note our journal, “The Clarion Review” (new website for Clarion in the works), which has been receiving praise and press in Europe. My latest article, “Orthodox Leadership in a Brave New World” is also included. The opening was a collaboration between AOI and Conciliar Media Ministries.


Assignment for OT Blog readers

Go to Borders Books (or B&N if you prefer), get a cup of coffee, and then read Michael Novak’s article “The End of the Secular Age” in “First Things.” I’m not as optimistic about the collapse of secularism as he is, but his overview of secularism (including neo-atheism) is top notch. You’ll have to read it there first. They won’t allow posting until next month.


Talked to Terri Schiavo’s lawyer today

I heard Terry Schiavo’s lawyer today at a small meeting. We ended up talking privately for about twenty minutes about a host of topics. A very bright and engaging man. He had some very interesting points such as the different ways the American and non-American press reported her death, what her death was like (he escorted Mrs. Schindler when she visited Terry as she lay dying), why he took the case, evidence that Terry was not in a vegetative state (testimony not allowed in the record), and more. I’ll post my notes tonight if I have time.


Christ is born; glorify Him!

Christ is born; glorify Him.
Christ comes from heaven; go to meet Him!
Christ is on earth; be exalted.
Sing to the Lord, all the earth!
And praise Him in gladness, O people,
for He has been glorified!”

Χριστὸς γεννᾶται, δοξάσατε.
Χριστὸς ἐξ οὐρανῶν ἀπαντήσατε!
Χριστὸς ἐπὶ γῆς, ὑψώθητε.
Ἄσατε τῷ Κυρίῳ πᾶσα ἡ γῆ!
Καὶ ἐν εὐφροσύνῃ ἀνυμνήσατε λαοί,
ὅτι δεδόξασται


Sorry for the switchover…

I’ve been cleaning up the site a bit. The blog had some hatched code I had been meaning to fix for a while. Apple’s Safari browser was not rendering the blog page correctly (the navbar would always float to the center of the page) and readers wrote me asking to fix it. I tried but couldn’t get it to work, so I just switched things around. It conforms more the original code so the whole enterprise should work a bit better. Now I can get back to posting.


Election day is great.

I’ve always looked forward to it starting when I was young, sixth grade in fact. Almost every election I am glued to the television (although in the last decade I rely on the internet more), watching the returns come in. There is something special about election day, almost sacred but in the same sense that, say, Gettysburg or Appomattox are sacred, or the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. I need to think about this more (I’ve been meaning to write about the sense of sanctity that surrounds Appomattox for years) but it has something to do with the reference of historical symbols to higher narrative that, if seen and undertood, evokes a sense of reverence towards things that really matter and exhort us to nurture and preserve them. Democracy matters. The orderly transfer of power matters. The virtues that define America, even if poorly or improperly applied at times, matter.

I am a patriot, I really am. I love this country. I wrote a tribute to this great country several years ago (probably more like 15 years ago) as a way of thanking the good people of this great nation for the life and freedom it has offered to so many.

It’s called “Liberty: A six year old boy begins his education about freedom in New York harbor.”