The Top Conspiracy Theories Among Greeks

NOTE: The following article is taken from a now defunct website, Handling Greek Life.

In 2001/2002, the AZ monks  were passing around American Free Press newspapers explaining 9/11 as a Mossad/CIA psy-ops.
In 2001/2002, the AZ monks were passing around American Free Press newspapers explaining 9/11 as a Mossad/CIA psy-ops.

Greeks love them.  They live and breathe conspiracies.  The countless magazines on extra-terrestrial life, mysteries of life etc confirm the thirst of the Greeks for such subjects.  Not to mention TV shows such as those of Mr. Hardavela (not on any longer) and Mr. Liakopoulos.  Here’s a list of the most prominent conspiracies whose existence most Greeks take for granted:

“All Jews are rich and they control the world.”

Anti-Semitic Cartoon from Greek Newspaper
Anti-Semitic Cartoon from Greek Newspaper

This is one of many world-domination theories where the Jews are responsible for all things happening in the world.  The richest men in the world are Jews, they say, and even if they’re not, they are controlled by them.  They’re behind everything.  You name it:  wars, diseases, literature and art that the Orthodox Church does not approve of… it’s all their fault.  They’re trying to brainwash everyone.  I guess many Greeks imagine the most powerful Jews in the world getting together at meetings in order to determine what their next step will be towards world and religious domination.

Rothschild Cartoons. By North Utsire
Rothschild Cartoons. By North Utsire

[NOTE: In the monasteries, many monastics learn about “The Synagogue of Satan” and the secret history of “Jewish world domination” either directly from the superior and other monastics, or through the homilies they have on their iPods].

“Globalization – A New World Order”

Gary H. Kah's book made the rounds in the monasteries shortly after 9/11.
Gary H. Kah’s book made the rounds in the monasteries shortly after 9/11.

For some reason, the word “globalization” has very negative connotations among the common Greek.  For them, it means loss of national identity and, on a practical level, loss of job positions.  They get more imaginative than this, however.  Organizations such as the Masons and the Bilderburg Group push their agenda to powerful governments around the world, they say.  After all, the members of such groups are presidents of countries, tycoons, and media owners:  a mixture of people that can manipulate public opinion to serve their own interests.  The secrecy of such groups exert a kind of mysticism that’s enchanting to the average Greek.

Geronda Paisios would also talk about the Committee of 300 as a hidden hand in the New World Order.
Geronda Paisios would also talk about the Committee of 300 as a hidden hand in the New World Order.

[NOTE: Globalization/N.W.O. conspiracy theories are truth and not “theories” for many of the monastics as it falls in line with their worldview that the Jews will bring in the Antichrist as the one world leader 3 1/2 years before the world ends, i.e. the Second Coming. https://archive.org/details/EnRouteToGlobalOccupation]

“Everyone is after Greece.”

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The Albanians, the Slavs in FYROM, and the Turks are all after pieces of land in Greece.  Some maps from Albania show the “Albanian Dream,” which is the extension of their country the whole way down to Preveza.  Skopia, on the other hand, give out maps where their country extends to include all of Macedonia down to Halkidiki and Thessaly.  Of course, the Turks are the lifelong enemy… who knows what they’re after.

[NOTE: Geronda Paisios has said that the Zionists revealed a map of what the future State of Israel will look like: It includes Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria, etc. He also stated that the Israelis plant false Judaic artifacts in Cyprus so they can later “find” them in archeological digs and have a claim to Cyprus].

An excerpt from a speech made by H. Kissinger in 1974 keeps feeding the fire of this conspiracy until today:

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The Greek people are anarchic and difficult to tame. For this reason we must strike deep into their cultural roots: Perhaps then we can force them to conform. I mean, of course, to strike at their language, their religion, their cultural and historical reserves, so that we can neutralize their ability to develop, to distinguish themselves, or to prevail; thereby removing them as an obstacle to our strategically vital plans in the Balkans, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East.

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The leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church (as an institution), being a vital part of Greek history and conscience, feel that these “strikes” are directed towards them.  So, when there’s any talk or action towards the separation of state and church in this country, they start talking about conspiracies to break down the spirit of the average Greek and to annihilate this country’s history.  Therefore, several old-timers in Greece have linked the meddling of the Greek Church in state affairs with the survival of the Nation.

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[NOTE: In the monasteries, many monastics learn about the long lineage of Ecumenical Patriarchs who were Freemasons, as well as other hierarchs and priests, especially here in America–i.e. Archbishop Iakovos, Metropolitan Evangelos, etc. Furthermore, there’s also AHEPA and other Greek masonic organizations that are frowned upon as working to destroy the Church from within. Kissinger is regarded as a war criminal, and his words are still repeated today in regards to Greece and “everything the dark powers are doing to cripple the nation.”].

“It’s in the air, the water… the fruits of the earth”

Chemtrail conspiracy theories are held as fact by many monastics.
Chemtrail conspiracy theories are held as fact by many monastics.

The masterminds of the world have decided to control us with chemicals that they inject in the water supply.  All of the fruit and vegetables are “poisoned” with pesticides that limit our intelligence and make us easy targets for a bombardment of propaganda.  Let’s not forget the white streaks in the air.  Haven’t you noticed airplanes spraying us with chemicals that leave long lines in the sky to make us dumber?  And all of those new viruses such as the swine flu and bird flu a few years ago… Everyone knows they were purposely released to reduce the earth’s population.

While the ring around Athos during Geronda Markellos' funeral was said to be a miracle by some, Geronda Paisios said it was a chemtrail because they knew all the monks would be gathered in one place.
While the ring around Athos during Geronda Markellos’ funeral was said to be a miracle by some, Geronda Paisios said it was a chemtrail because they knew all the monks would be gathered in one place.

Hmmm… to be honest, I believe, too, that the bird and swine flu scares are just ways to spread panic and for pharmaceuticals to make billions of dollars or euros.  Does that make me susceptible to conspiracies?  Or does it make me more open to the “truth”?  The view always differs, depending on where you’re standing.  “Truth, after all, wears a different face to everybody, and it would be too tedious to wait till all were agreed” (James Russell Lowell, American poet, critic, editor).

[NOTE: Many of the monks who fell ill with “Valley Fever” in Arizona had the reason explained thus: “The government purposely targets the monasteries with chemtrails. So, when the monks are digging in the desert, they dug up the chems/virus and made it airborne, breathed it in, and became sick.” This is one of the many ways the government has targeted the monasteries. The “dark powers do not want the monasteries here in America as they are a threat to the advancement of their plans. As well, thousands of people, who would of lost their souls if the monasteries weren’t here, are now being saved.”].

SOURCE: https://web.archive.org/web/20121220102356/http://www.allthegreeks.com/everyday-life/407-the-top-conspiracy-theories-among-greeks.html

A dark scene inside a Masonic Temple in Greece. The human sacrifice lays straddled as a five point star on the altar. (Archim. Vasiopoulou, Jewish Masonry Unmasked, p. 181)
A dark scene inside a Masonic Temple in Greece. The human sacrifice lays straddled as a five point star on the altar. (Archim. Vasiopoulou, Jewish Masonry Unmasked, p. 181)

Persecution Complex (Rationalwiki)

NOTE: Persecution complex is more of a popular phrase, not a clinical entity. It refers to the feeling and belief that others are out to get you or hurt you.  There are various degrees.  Sometimes it is an exaggeration of a real situation and at other times it is totally ungrounded in reality, a product of the person’s inner life projection onto the world . That is when it is called paranoia.

“”The central belief of every moron is that he is the victim of a mysterious conspiracy against his common rights and true deserts. He ascribes all his failure to get on in the world, all of his congenital incapacity and damfoolishness, to the machinations of werewolves assembled in Wall Street, or some other such den of infamy.—H.L. Mencken[1]

"Some dare call it conspiracy!"
“Some dare call it conspiracy!”

A persecution complex is a term given to an array of psychologically-complex behaviours, that specifically deals with the perception of being persecuted, for various possible reasons, imagined or real.

People or groups who hold to marginal (non-mainstream) beliefs or theories often display some features of this malady, as a way of explaining why their views are not more widespread. It is also commonly displayed by people or groups whose beliefs actually are comparatively widespread, such as fundamentalist Christians.

Role in tribalism

The formation of a tribe, in the sociological sense, relies on there being a common interest or goal strong enough that a group would in some way delimitate itself from the larger society. Persecution complexes are not inherent in all forms of tribalism, but they do lend themselves to the polarization of such groups. Communal reinforcement reassures group members that they are indeed correct; how could all of us be wrong?[2] At extremes this leads to the groupthink that places continued membership of a group and conformity to its norms above rational and critical evaluation. Such a process is highly evident in fundamentalist religion, but is almost a given for any group expressing sufficiently extreme ideology. Nothing brings people together like having a common enemy.

Sociologically, people tend to form groups with like-minded people. These social units form a kind of tribe united against the world by an ideology or an idea. This is evident in religious groups, but the behavior can be seen in any group that places group cohesion above the need to critically evaluate its claims.

IN RELIGION:

In Christianity

Christian fundamentalists in the Bible Belt feel persecuted or “oppressed” whenever they find someone that doesn’t share their particular worldview (such as creationism, as pointed out in talk.origins’s archive[3]). On closer examination of such claims, it’s more commonly the case that claims of persecution are better explained as annoyance at the removal of privilege or the curtailment of their ability to force their views on others. The controversy over classroom prayer is raised as a case of persecution to prevent Christians from observing their religious beliefs, when in reality the rulings made in the 1960s and 1970s forbade state schools from sponsoring religious observances. Students are perfectly free to pray on their initiative and in their own time (with only faculty-led prayer being unconstitutional, as the faculty of public schools are government employees they are required to put on a secular face in school; creationism being taught as science is unconstitutional for the same reason), yet it’s easier for conspiracy nuts to bond if they can describe these rulings as being an attack on freedom of religion for Christians. This misunderstanding of freedom of expression was well answered by Oliver Wendell Holmes when he said “The right to swing my fist ends where the other man’s nose begins.” More recently, Fundamentalist Christians, particularly in the US, will point to the growing prevalence of “Satanism” (ranging from a monument to Baphomet to pretty much anything that doesn’t agree with them or their religion) in popular culture, and anti-Christian jokes made by comedians as “proof” of persecution.

In Islam

Religious views that lie very much outside of the mainstream and are highly visible are likely to attract criticism and ridicule, and in some cases adherents may radicalize in response to perceived threats from the outside. In some cases these threats may actually have a grain of truth, such as in France where a backlash against female Muslims wearing Islamic headscarves in schools occurred.[4] The Burqa is an unmistakable sign of membership of a specific subset of Islamic society, and, due to the religion’s very nature, by no means a universally agreed-upon tenet of Islam. Headscarves are ubiquitous in most Islamic society, while veils that cover the face are in most Islamic countries limited to a minority subset of the population.[5] Women choosing to wear veils would obviously attract attention the same way in which male Orthodox Jews and punks are easily identified by their very distinctive clothing and hair styling. This ease of recognition may in fact lead to persecution by virtue of being different. Muslims are in the position of being commonly associated with oppressive Islamic regimes and unfortunate events, while Jews and punks by comparison appear more benign.

Choosing to self-identify with an extremist position of female modesty can also be perceived as a deliberate attempt to draw attention to oneself, particularly if the request for acceptance of the practice appears unreasonable. In 2003 a Florida judge ruled that a Floridian convert to Islam could not wear the niqab when posing for a photo for her driver’s license photo, as this would clearly defeat the purpose of requiring photographic evidence if faces can be obscured to the point where visual identification becomes impossible.[6]

Miscellaneous cults

Nothing brings a cult together quite like an army of perceived enemies and persecutors, and in extreme examples has led to religious cults effectively sealing themselves away from the population as a whole. There is a good deal of cross-pollination between extreme religious beliefs and the militia movement in America, with variants on Christianity being the most common basis for these followings. David Koresh’s Branch Davidians cult was rich in conspiracy theories, and led to the very visible siege that resulted in numerous deaths as their compound in Waco was raided by federal agencies. David Icke is famed as a man who’s never met a conspiracy theory he didn’t like, and is best known for bizarre claims about alien reptiles conspiring to control the human race.

In pseudo-science and alternative medicine

Proponents of pseudoscience regularly rail against the scientific establishment and what they see as concerted efforts to quash anyone who would compete with the orthodox line. A common example of this is the creationist line that the prevalence of evolutionary biology is less to do with scientific evidence, than it is a conspiracy to push ideology or protect the jobs of scientists who toe the party line. The same claim is made by global warming conspiracy theorists. Medical conspiracies follow a similar line in that proponents of obviously flawed treatments, such as homeopathy, are not dismissed due to lack of evidence, but more because Big Pharma won’t tolerate any threat to their ability to hawk their pills.[7]

In politics

Those who try to rationalize their persecution complexes often turn to political extremism, in particular, the sort that posits some secret or invisible “oppression” of some group of which the persecution complex sufferer is a part.

Neo-Nazism, with its theories of the secret Jewish conspiracy to dominate the world, adapts itself well to this model. Variants on this theme include the John Birch Society’s conspiracy theories involving communists and (more recently) wingnuts with New World Order conspiracy theories involving sinister liberal politicians. For those inclined to the other end of the political spectrum, the numerous variants of Marxism will also not disappoint, with the theory of cultural hegemony to explain how sinister capitalists secretly hold the untermenschen in enormous interlocking systems of oppression.[8] A common defense of communism is that communism has never been implemented properly – leading to a variation on the no true Scotsman fallacy that ignores the basic problems inherent in trying to establish a worker’s paradise that doesn’t effectively lead to the establishment of a new ruling class.[9]

The pro-North Korea Korean Friendship Association is a contemporary example of a group built almost entirely on a persecution complex the size of an aircraft carrier. In their worldview, North Korea’s status as an international pariah that spends money on missiles rather than feeding its starving population has absolutely nothing to do with the batshit insanity of the dictatorship of the North Korean government; apologists instead blame Western hegemony for conspiring to oppress the glorious revolutionary experiment that is North Korea. Similarly, paranoid apologetics are used in defense of governments in Venezuela and the Middle East. Zimbabwe’s woes should not be blamed on Robert Mugabe’s ruinously poor grasp of economics and his destructive social policies. It’s far easier for the ZANU PF (Mugabe’s ruling party) to blame former colonial powers, Zionists, and homosexuals for the impressive implosion of Zimbabwe under their rule. Attacking external criticism is far easier than tackling internal problems, the resolution of which could undermine the very basis of the group in question.

Quotes

“”…one of the great secrets of human nature is that the one thing people want more than love, security, sex, chocolate or big-screen TV’s is to feel hard done by. Why? Because being hard done by is the shit. Feeling hard done by is the sweetest of drugs. If you’re being persecuted — it must mean you’re doing the right thing, right? You get the mellow buzz of the moral high ground, but without arrogantly claiming it as your own. You get an instant, supportive community in a big dark scary world of such scope it may well literally be beyond rational human processing. When you are hard done by, you get purpose in a life where otherwise, you’d have to find your own. And when you ride that high, then no amount of logic, no pointing out that in actuality you and your beliefs are at a high point of popularity and influence for the last hundred years — is going to pry that sweet crack-pipe of moral indignation from your hands.—John Rogers[10]

“”Racism tends to attract attention when it’s flagrant and filled with invective. But like all bigotry, the most potent component of racism is frame-flipping — positioning the bigot as the actual victim. So the gay do not simply want to marry; they want to convert our children into sin. The Jews do not merely want to be left in peace; they actually are plotting world take-over. And the blacks are not actually victims of American power, but beneficiaries of the war against hard-working whites. This is a respectable, more sensible, bigotry, one that does not seek to name-call, preferring instead change the subject and straw man. Thus segregation wasn’t necessary to keep the niggers in line; it was necessary to protect the honor of white women.—Ta-Nehisi Coates[11]

Footnotes

  1. “Varieties of Envy,” in Second Mencken Chrestomathy
  2. Communal reinforcement, The Skeptic’s Dictionary
  3. Entry CH183 in Talkorigins.org’s index of creationist claims deals with an example of a persecution claim.
  4. BBC News: French MPs back headscarf ban
  5. BBC Religions: Niqab
  6. USA Today: Muslim woman cannot wear veil in driver’s license photo (The ninja population is yet to offer its thoughts on this ruling.)
  7. “Big pharma” and its relentless war against natural remedies
  8. See, e.g., Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. Although a decent case can be made that such assertions aren’t entirely wrong, a failure to apply Hanlon’s razor often appears here.
  9. A Yahoo search for the phrase “communism has never been tested”. By the time he died, Lenin had become convinced that the problem had yet to be solved, but thanks to Stalin, we’ll never find out exactly how Lenin intended to clean up the mess.
  10. Kung Fu Monkey: “Toxic Spiritual Nature” … and Those Desks Pinch
  11. The NAACP is Right

The Persecution of Athonite Monasticism (Geronda Nikodemos, Abbot of Philotheou Monastery, 2012)

NOTE: According to Robert W. Allison, who is responsible for the The Philotheou Monastery Project, “Out of deference to the wishes of the Holy Fathers of Philotheou Monastery, the publication of research work related to the monastery and under the Monastery’s name has been removed from the World Wide Web. The Monastery continues to support the project, and together we look forward to publication of much of this work in the near future. I, personally, am understanding of their wishes, and deeply appreciative of their long support for this work.” http://abacus.bates.edu/~rallison/ This may be the reason that not too much current, up-to-date information on Philotheou can be found on the internet. This article is from February 4, 2012:

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“It is true that along with the general crisis afflicting our Greece—and this especially worries us—a great sadness additionally flooded our hearts when we learned about the injustice against the Reverend Abbot of Vatopaidi Monastery, Archimandrite Ephraim, and against our Holy Church and Mount Athos through his person,” he notes.

“The Manner of Imprisonment and Unsubstantiated Charges”

“For the first time in modern history, an Athonite Abbot is imprisoned in a flamboyant manner for absurd and unsubstantiated charges. Anyone having a mind can easily interpret this,” says the Athonite abbot.

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“The Persecution of Athonite Monasticism”

Then the abbot spoke about Geronda Ephraim’s innocence and characterized the “fabricated scandal” case.

“It is obvious and known to all that Geronda Ephraim is innocent, but he was imprisoned for other reasons. Also, it is obvious that on the pretext of clarifying the alleged and manufactured “scandal” of Vatopaidi Monastery, they attempted a more open persecution, meanness and disdain of Athonite monasticism, and the Church more generally, both of which are the only refuge for the fearful suffering and humanly unprotected and betrayed Nation.”

“We learned that the EDE exercised towards Police Officers who were ordered to capture the Abbot on Christmas Eve, in the self-governed Monastic State of Mount Athos. They didn’t arrest him that same day, but rather three days later and indeed with an escort of dozens of armed police as if he was some well-known and dangerous criminal.”

“The fury is deserving doubt, as also the late by certain organs of the Greek Justice against the Holy Abbot, against Vatopaidi Monastery, and against the Holy Mountain. It is the repayment and gratitude for this Monastery’s—and generally Mt. Athos—to the Nation.”

“Here, I dare to bring to my mind the words of the Doxastikon of Vespers for the Taking Down from the Cross: ‘Oh! How the lawless Synagogue condemned … to death, without shame as they recalled benefits with which had protected them…etc.’”

“We pray our Panagia strengthens the beloved Abbot with much patience, and of course, the Lord, ‘will with the temptation also make a way to escape.’”

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“These Actions are not appropriate on Mount Athos”

The Archimandrite is particularly regarding the attitude of the State towards Mount Athos, saying, “I think that the State’s reckless and extreme actions are inappropriate on Mount Athos. Since its creation, the Holy Mountain had and desires to have good cooperation with the State. Unfortunately, the State recently picked another road which, to date, we do not know who suggested to play a worldwide politico-religious game based on the Orthodox Holy Mountain.”

“In the State’s attempt to find a scapegoat to grease itself, it lost the “equilibrium” and the measure—it departed from the royal road. As Orthodox Christians, it is natural to wonder if perhaps Organs of the Vatican—which admits that Mount Athos is an obstacle to its ecumenical plans—participated in this entire situation. The Vatican is experienced in such methodologies (as we know from past and present history),” he said categorically, explaining that the Holy Monasteries are accused via “inside information” of alleged enrichment and opulence.

“However, no benevolent pilgrims of Mount Athos have ascertained and expressed such views; precisely because they are not correct.”

“Despite the effects of a faltering modern society, the Holy Mountain continues to be a place of repentance, prayer and offering. It continues and will continue, by God’s Grace and the Protection of the Directress Lady Theotokos, to carry out its purpose for the Monks themselves and for its pilgrims from the ends of the earth.”

“Anyhow, whatever happens in these difficult times, God’s people do not run to politicians for help, but rather to the Metropolises and Monasteries, just as occurred during all the difficult moments our Nation passed through—and those weren’t a few.”

“No Matter How Much They Slander Us, We Will Remain Steadfast in the Truth”

Concluding, the Athonite Abbot said, “But the Lord God lives and is with us until the end of the age.”

“Whatever arises, no matter how much they slander us, threaten us, or persecute us, we will remain steadfast in the truth because the truth is Christ and in the end, He will be the Victor: ‘If the world hates you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love its own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you’” (John 15:18-19).

“We are confident that the Patroness and Directress of Mount Athos, the Lady Theotokos, will also safeguard her inheritance and the Lord ‘will with the temptation also make a way to escape’ for Geronda Ephraim his beloved Synodia. Let’s supplicate her to help the Lord’s will to happen.”

http://anavaseis.blogspot.ca/2012/02/blog-post_5868.html

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