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I should add here, in the case of Orthodox clergy, that what has happened demographically to the evangelical and fundamentalist community should be taken as a forewarning:

This is what happens to a religious community when they align themselves with authoritarian and nationalist partisan causes. Too much of the "culture wars" is really oriented toward these causes, and not out of a concern for the righteousness of the Kingdom of God.

There is real peril in making these alignments (which some of us clergy seem to have little hesitation in so doing). We Orthodox have centuries of experience with the problem of church-state collusion -- experience that has turned out negatively.

And now we're seeing this old historical theme being played out in America before our very eyes.

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