Buchanan: God Now on Russia’s Side

Pat Buchanan has joined Scott Lively and other wannabe theocrats in claiming that Vladimir Putin’s hatred of and discrimination against gay people has put God on the side of Russia instead of America. He writes:

In his Kremlin defense of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Vladimir Putin, even before he began listing the battles where Russian blood had been shed on Crimean soil, spoke of an older, deeper bond.

Crimea, said Putin, “is the location of ancient Khersones, where Prince Vladimir was baptized. His spiritual feat of adopting Orthodoxy predetermined the overall basis of the culture, civilization and human values that unite the peoples of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.”

Russia is a Christian country, Putin was saying.

This speech recalls last December’s address where the former KGB chief spoke of Russia as standing against a decadent West:

“Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values. Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan. This is the path to degradation.”

Heard any Western leader, say, Barack Obama, talk like that lately?

No. And I’m very happy about that. Using religion to justify authoritarianism is a bad thing, not a good thing.

With Marxism-Leninism a dead faith, Putin is saying the new ideological struggle is between a debauched West led by the United States and a traditionalist world Russia would be proud to lead.

In the new war of beliefs, Putin is saying, it is Russia that is on God’s side. The West is Gomorrah…

Putin is entering a claim that Moscow is the Godly City of today and command post of the counter-reformation against the new paganism.

Putin is plugging into some of the modern world’s most powerful currents. Not only in his defiance of what much of the world sees as America’s arrogant drive for global hegemony. Not only in his tribal defense of lost Russians left behind when the USSR disintegrated.

He is also tapping into the worldwide revulsion of and resistance to the sewage of a hedonistic secular and social revolution coming out of the West.

In the culture war for the future of mankind, Putin is planting Russia’s flag firmly on the side of traditional Christianity.

I agree, Pat. You should move there immediately so you’re on God’s side too. You should remove yourself to the Christian paradise of Russia and take everyone else who believes the same thing with you. We won’t protest your absence, I promise.

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  • Pierce R. Butler

    So we should now start cheering for Gog and Magog?

    This sophisticated theology stuff is hard!

  • matty1

    Pat is a Catholic if I’m not mistaken, just what is Putin’s view as a defender of the Orthodox Church on letting heretic papists into Holy Mother Russia?

  • God does have a bit of a man-crush on Putin. It’s like they were made for each other, two megalomaniacs with a habit of torturing people and invading countries.

  • raven

    You should move there immediately so you’re on God’s side too.

    These kooks never, ever walk their talk.

    We could raise millions in a heartbeat to send them there if they renounced their US citizenship and got a one way ticket.

    This is just drivel. Putin’s and the Russian Oligarchy’s gods are money and power. Oddly enough, much like the elites in the USA.

  • Synfandel

    Buchanan: God Now on Russia’s Side

    Vast numbers of Russian soldiers are also on Russia side, but very soon they could be on Ukraine’s side—of the border.

    Policies are being pursued that place on the same level…a faith in God and a belief in Satan.

    Well, they are on the same level. A lot of devout Christians believe in Satan. Personally, I think it’s all bunk.

  • raven

    In the culture war for the future of mankind, Putin is planting Russia’s flag firmly on the side of traditional Christianity.

    More drivel.

    In the culture war for humankind, the xian gods are on their way to join Zeus, Odin, Marduck, Osiris, Ra, and all the others in the graveyard of the gods.

    Putin is planting Russia’s flag firmly on the side of his and the oligarchies side.

  • dingojack

    Wasn’t god with the Nazis? How did that turn out?


  • Jeremy Shaffer

    holytape at 3- Don’t forget they both have a penchant for staged, self-aggrandizing publicity stunts. Sure, Putin’s bear wrestling doesn’t match God’s “sacrifice my son who is myself but sort of not really but, yeah, totally” stunt but you do have to start slow and build up with these things.

  • busterggi

    Yet Pat believes (or says he does) that the Jews are Yahweh’s chosen people and that Yahweh still stands by them despite the lack of a Jewish kingdom for most of the past 3000 years. Of course Yawhew is also planning to murder most of them despite that also according to Pat.

    Yahweh has gotten really finicky as of late, anthromorphization aside, Yahweh seems to be a cat.

  • Alverant

    So if God is on Russia’s side does that mean there’s going to be a lot of hurricanes and other natural disasters striking that country?

  • tsig

    Pat is putin’ Putin first?

  • “Yahweh has gotten really finicky as of late, anthromorphization aside, Yahweh seems to be a cat.”

    The ancient Egyptians got that one right?

    Lotsa medieval Christians prolly doin’ laps in the Lake-O-Fire, as we speak.

    Didn’t they like to burn witches AND their familiars?

  • You know, I’m starting to think that this Pat Buchanan fellow might be an unpleasant man with backward beliefs.

  • Another right wing American fanboy for the former KGB man. I’m guessing Putin’s talk of God is every bit as cynical as it is for so many on the US right, who do it because they know it will get them votes. He’d probably claim to be the True Defender of My Little Pony if he figured it would get him support.

  • greg1466

    I like the “what much of the world sees as America’s arrogant drive for global hegemony” quip coming from someone who undoubtedly beats the “American Exceptionalism” drum loud and long.

  • eric

    Its pretty amazing how much hold the gay rights issue has on the religious right. Here they are supporting a former KGB now-dictator of Russia in the takeover of a capitalist democracy. That would’ve been utterly unthinkable 20 years ago; its a complete ideological reverse. Let’s hope the gay rights movement never gets associated with oxygen, or they’ll try and remove it from the air.

  • lorn

    Now if we could just get a ‘flee from Egypt to the promised land’ vibe going. Kind of like the Muslim Haj, except better, because they don’t come back. I could really get behind that in a really big was. I’ll help them pack as long as I can do it with a front-end loader dropping it into a dump truck. As long as my schedule cooperates I’ drive them to the airport. No need to part any seas or worry about angry charioteers following. Give me time to make a few calls and we might be able to set up a parade and party to help send them off.

    Hell, if they are really serious about going, and staying gone, I might contribute to buy them a ticket.

  • Michael Heath

    When Pat Buchanan refers to the U.S. as “sewage”, that won’t cause even a squawk from conservative Christians. That’s contra their reaction to Barack Obama’s black ex-pastor’s condemnation of the indefensible behavior by the U.S. to Arabs prior to 9/11.

  • Re: America’s arrogant drive for global hegemony.

    Wasn’t hizzoner one of the screechy loud voices announcing national doom because Obama cut a tiny fraction of the defense budget? Wasn’t he also in the forefront of defending the pink unicorns of mass destruction that necessitated the invasion of Iraq?

    Yes, yes, I know: Hypocrisy, the third pillar of Christianity.

  • Artor

    Hmmm, let’s see whom else had God on their side. There was Judea, of course, broken and dispersed for a thousand-plus years. There was the Roman Empire, post Constantine. Long gone now. There were many medieval kingdoms that claimed God on their side, all gone now, or secular democracies mostly. The French monarchy and the Sun King. The Catholic rulers of England had God on their side, until the Protestant rulers took power, and then THEY had God on their side. It’s almost like having God on your side means exactly jack and shit. Why don’t we see what we can do without imaginary friends?

  • Why would anyone listen to an idiot like Pukecannon? Before it became obvious that he’s completely lost his fucking mind he was a world class asshole; his being a KKKrazzyy world class asshole is not much of a change.

    “It’s almost like having God on your side means exactly jack and shit.”

    That’s what I like about commenters here; they don’t have to be “either/or”. {;>)

  • Nick Gotts

    Yup, we’re definitely living through the opening chapter of a spoof science fiction novel: Cold War redivivus with western hawks and doves swapping roles.

    Here they are supporting a former KGB now-dictator of Russia in the takeover of a capitalist democracy. – eric@16

    I have to disagree with your description of Crimea (or Ukraine) as a democracy. Whether under Yanukovych or his opponents, it’s been more of a kleptocracy, and there’s no sign that’s going to change – except that now Ukraine also has neo-Nazis in the government, which I would hesitate to describe as an improvement. There’s also no real doubt that Yanukovych’s deposition was an unconstitutional coup, launched with crucial foreign support. On the first point, the Ukranian constitution has a procedure for impeaching the President, which was not followed. On the second, listen to the Nuland/Pyatt tape, in which American officials decide who should and should not be in the new government. IMF-sponsored looting of Ukraine has already begun. None of this in any way justifies Putin’s violation of international law, but a narrative of upright democrats versus the KGB is no nearer reality than Buchanan’s spewings.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Pat is a Catholic if I’m not mistaken…

    Right. And he has nothing to say about Putin’s recent divorce?

  • freehand

    So God is on Russia’s side now? Clearly any issues of tyranny, godlessness, imperialism, antipathy toward lawful democracy, in Russia are either trivial and always have been, or hatred for gays outweighs all these other matters. Not that my post should be misconstrued as implying that I think these people have reasoned this out in any way, only that this summarizes their lizard brain responses to current events in Eurasia.


    Apparently many of the bloggers here, and public figures like Ellen Degeneres are so monstrous that the benefit of making their lives miserable would be worth the loss of life and liberty to others, even their most “righteous” neighbors.


    And no, I don’t think that Buchanan understands how evil he is. Evil people rarely do.


    In addition, too, I also am dizzy and breathless from the 180° turnaround these people have displayed on nearly every political issue in just a few years.

  • Artor @20, re: the Holy Roman Empire. I have to disagree with you about the death of the empire; Lichtenstein is it’s last remaining outpost, but they are still going strong!

    freehand @24. I have a weak stomach. Spins like this make me vomit, and leave me feeling woozy for hours.