Unequivocal Condemnation of “the Egregious anti-Semitic Tirade of the Metropolitan of Piraeus”

Here is a lesson in the application of the First Amendment for the U C Irvine Chancellor and his Administration.  The OC Task Force applauds the Order of  Saint Andrew for this clear, unambigous and unequivocal statement of condemnation of the hateful tirade by the Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus:

Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America condemn Anti-Semitism, a message from the National Commander

New York, NY
12/24/2010

The Order of Saint Andrew, the First-Called Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, unequivocally condemn anti-Semitism, and in particular condemn the egregious anti-Semitic tirade of the Metropolitan of Piraeus broadcast on Greek television this past week. The Order expresses its outrage that a cleric of the Greek Orthodox Church could speak such heinous and outlandish falsehoods directed at any group of human beings. In a statement of the Commander of the Order, Dr. Anthony Limberakis said:

“It is unconscionable that a Hierarch of the Church could speak this way, much less believe these things. As dedicated Church servants who support and defend the religious freedom of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and religious liberty for all people, we cannot be silent in the face of this repugnant attack on our Jewish brothers and sisters. As Orthodox Christians, and as persons of Greek heritage, we are appalled by the behavior, attitude, and malevolent speech of Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus. We say unconditionally that he in no way represents either Orthodox Christianity or the Hellenic ideals. His behavior has brought embarrassment and shame on his high office and we hope he will retract and apologize for his outrageous remarks. As we prepare for the Feast of Christmas, we pray for all people to embrace each other with respect and tolerance glorying God in the highest, with peace on earth and good will amongst women and men.”

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