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Wednesday, August 18, 2004

'The Olympic flame is idolatry.'

That's the verdict from Father Eirinaios Nakos at the Athens Orthodox Cathedral in Greece, in a great Boston Globe article about the Greek Orthodox Church's attitudes toward the "pagan" Olympics — and about Greece's unmatched concessions to its state religion and largest landlord. One Chicago-born Greek Church official tells the Globe's Thanassis Cambanis, "There is no state without the church," but a Greek ex-pat back for the Olympics from Switzerland sees the other side of the coin: "We still have a dictatorship of the church here."

And where were all the Greeks on Sunday? Celebrating the Assumption of the Virgin Mary — "the biggest religious holiday in Greece other than Easter." Would it have been so hard for the NBC announcers to name the festival that emptied the bleachers during Sunday's Olympics events?

("They Flocked from Games," Thanassis Cambanis, Boston Globe 8.16.04)

Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 18 August 2004 at 10:09 AM

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