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    The Murder of Patriarch Gregorios
    History; Posted on: 2008-04-28 13:36:55 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
    Greek Patriarch lynched on Easter Day, 1821

    Eastern Orthodox people are celebrating the Easter season, the time of renewal and new life. Many Greeks and others remember Easter Day, 1821, when the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople, Gregorios, fell to a Turkish lynch mob, an act that kicked off a racial genocide campaign against white Christians in Anatolia.

    The Ottomans divided their subjects into millets, racial and religious groups subject to specific tax and legal codes. By 1821 the Ottoman Empire was already "the sick man of Europe," overextended and ripe for rebellion by the teeming millions of oppressed on its European fringe. Ever since that dark day in 1453 when Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire fell to the Turkish hordes, the Patriarch of Constantinople served as the legal representative, or Ethnarch, of the Greek millet in what was by now Turkey.

    The Greek revolution of 1821 threw off the Ottoman yoke, the first in what would become a series of successful uprisings that would eventually drive the Turks out of the Balkans. Needless to say, Ottoman Sultan Mahmud II was shamed and infuriated by the success of the Hellenes, and took out his frustration on those helpless Greeks still within his grasp.

    On Easter Sunday, 1821, Ottoman officials working on the orders of the Sultan marched Patriarch Gregorios out of the Patriarchal Cathedral in Constantinople shortly after the end of the Easter service. Still clad in his holy vestments, Gregorios was strung up and hanged on the gate of the Cathedral, cut down, and his body flung into the Bosphorus, the strait dividing Europe and Asia. Greeks managed to save the body, which today reposes in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens.

    Shortly after his murder, Turks went on a looting, killing and raping rampage through the Greek quarter of the city that once was the Greeks' own capital and the jewel of the Western World.

    Today, all white people are taught that whites have been, and still essentially are, the sole perpetrators of genocide, imperialism and hatred. The history of heroes like Patriarch Gregorios, who died in the cause of his faith and that of all white people, proves otherwise.
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