The ever eloquent and charming and not at all offputting head of the Church of Greece Archbishop Christodoulos made yet another politically correct statement in regards to Israel. Christodoulos, who has in the past stated that Americans deserved what happened to them in 9/11 and lambasted homosexuals, said that
“We are headed for Israel, or hell, in other words,” said Christodoulos, speaking at the Aghios Spyridon Church in Athens. “We see that the forces of darkness are undermining this country and are trying to remove Christianity from Greece and create a new order in our society so that in a few years nobody remembers God or the Church.”
The Israeli Embassy called the choice of words "unfortunate" and felt assured that the Archbishop wasn't intentionally dissing Israel.
The Church of Greece has been whining a lot of late about reforms that would mark the true separation of church and state in Greece. God forbid that the country that founded democracy manages to separate its government from the church. For now the ties seem tightly bound, however, as a controversial cremation amendment (cremation is a great big dilly no no in the Greek Orthodox Church) found itself rather quickly buried for the time being.
Gimme one of those damn hats and maybe I'll give the Church better press.