NOTE: This article is taken from Reason, October 29, 2012. In addition to the offices in Corinth, at least four dioceses (Chalkis Mesogaias, Korinthias, Patras) in towns such as Chalkis (9/25/2011), Loutsa (11/20/2011), Nemea (4/1/2012), Kato Axaya (4/29 / 2012) respectively received similar orthodox blessings too.
The current economic situation in Greece has prompted a resurgence in nationalist and xenophobic rhetoric. Golden Dawn, the Greek neo-nazi party, has enjoyed electoral successes. In May 2012 the party won twenty-one seats. In the most recent election Golden Dawn lost three seats, meaning that they now have 18 seats less than a year after starting with none.
Since enjoying recent success Golden Dawn has done little to establish a professional reputation. Its members have assaulted political officials on TV, read The Protocols of the Elders of Zion aloud in parliament, held Greek-only food handouts, organized Greek-only blood banks, and demanded landmines on the borders.
Recent polling shows that Golden Dawn is enjoying 14 percent support, despite having only received almost seven percent of the national vote at the most recent election in June. This level of support makes Golden Dawn the third most popular party in Greece. Some of Golden Dawn’s popularity is a reflection of dissatisfaction with the current Greek government, with 81 percent of polled Greeks saying that the country is on the wrong track.
Some members of the Greek Orthodox church are now showing support, with priests blessing a new Golden Dawn office in Corinth.
Priest Blesses Golden Dawn Offices in Corinth:
Orthodox priests bless the new offices of Golden Dawn in the Greek city of Corinth. Present were four Golden Dawn MPs (Stathis Boukouras, Ilias Panagiotaros, Ilias Kasidaris and Michalis Arvanitis) and a few hundred party members, supporters and bystanders. The blessing took place on Ochi Day, when Greeks remember the entry of their country into the Second World War