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ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY THE UNSEEN MARTYR This is the fiercest struggle, the struggle that resists a man unto blood. It is here that we manifest our patience, my beloved brethren….For this is the time of unseen martyrdom. St. Isaac the Syrian, fourth century. Part 2 continued How moved, how humbled I have been, over the years of my personal and professional life, to have witnessed so many lives of quiet heroism. So many lives of quiet selfless sacrifice. Of the deferring, the subduing of desires, the forgoing of deep needs, for the benefit of others. I remember the woman who deferred marriage for many years to care for her aged mother and her mentally retarded brother. The father who bore with his violent and bipolar wife until his children were old enough to be out of the house. The man who sought out the drunk driver who had killed his daughter, and forgave him. The cynic may invoke psychopathology in such cases; but cynicism must be recognized for what it is; and the one who witnesses selfless sacrifice can discern this. Here is an unseen martyrdom; herein is a portal to the life of Christ, to the knowledge of the sacrifice of the cross. So many times I have watched people struggle with addictions, fall and rise, and fall and rise again, and struggle against the demon whose talons grip and tear them. And again, here is an unseen martyrdom; to rise each day, in the face of discouragement and sorrow, and re-commit to the struggle. One frequently encounters today a perverted inversion of Christianity that has been labeled the “Prosperity Gospel.” This false religion sometimes presents itself frankly and unashamedly; and sometimes it insinuates itself subtly and poisons more conventional forms of the Faith. In all cases, it dangles before the wounded the alluring bait of an easy immunity, an effortless escape from the grief of Fallenness. But its essence is, in fact, the denial of the meaning and the power of the cross. In the ancient Christian understanding, it is only by our own ascent of Golgotha, by a transformation of our own suffering into a salvific work, into a window onto the universal suffering of the Fallen cosmos, an entering into the salvific suffering of Christ, that we can become truly human, become genuine, and find the unalloyed joy of Christ’s Resurrection and our own. “The knowledge of the Cross is concealed in the sufferings of the Cross” (St. Isaac the Syrian, fourth century). Inquiries to: St. George’s Orthodox Church, Edenton, NC. Telephone 482-2006 Are Drugs & Alcohol Phone: 252-338-8476 All chapters copyright © 2015 by author Nick Martone, c/o St. George’s Church P.O. Box 38, Edenton, NC. If you buy a printed ad from Albemarle Tradewinds , you also have access to our social media. 8 Albemarle Tradewinds May 2016

Judge Jerry Tillett Another view: Tillett story gained traction on slippery facts By: Neil W. Scarborough “Not to oppose error is to approve it. Not to defend truth is to suppress it, and indeed to neglect to confront evil men, when we can do it, is no less a sin than to encourage them.” — Pope Felix III Steven Michael This is the first of three-parts. The first two examine the story involving Superior Court Judge Tillett’s son and the events afterward and introduces the reader to the people responsible for publicizing it and their likely reasons. The third part examines the State Bar’s conduct in more detail and reveals the injustice they’re not only perpetrating but are trying to hide. All the court documents and other materials related to this case are available for review on my website The Story By now, most are familiar with “the story.” On April 4, 2010, Judge Jerry Tillett’s son was among those in a car stopped by KDH police officers. Though no charges were pressed, Tillett for some reason took issue with the KDH police department and, in particular, with Chief Gary Britt. He commanded Britt and other town officials to appear in his chambers for a meeting during which he tried to intimidate Britt and, ultimately, had an angry confrontation with him. Afterward, Tillett launched a systematic campaign against Britt. First, he wrongfully compelled town officials to divulge personnel files of KDH police officers. Then, overstepping his authority still further, he directed KDH police officers to address future complaints about Britt to him alone. He even went so far as to direct then-District Attorney Frank Parrish to investigate Britt. Britt, of course, was completely innocent. He was cleared of wrongdoing following an in-house investigation. And now the judge is getting what he deserves, an investigation by the State Bar for misconduct. Right? Not exactly. In fact, there’s so much wrong with this story that it’s hard to know where to begin. For the sake of simplicity, however, I’ll start where the storyteller does. The account you’ve read of the April 4, 2010 incident and the events thereafter is masterful. The storyteller provides just enough information to make the story believable while not providing enough information to allow the reader to determine whether it’s true. And interwoven with the factual statements is the tantalizing and scandalous: accusations of abuse of power, intimidation, corruption; secretive meetings and video tapes; the insinuation that Tillett’s son engaged in criminal conduct and that maybe, just maybe, Tillett somehow prevented charges from being pressed. It’s all very provocative — and that’s exactly what the writer was going for. Other than the conduct of KDH police officers, what actually happened the night of April 4, 2010 was uneventful. Tillett’s son and his girlfriend were in town from Raleigh for Easter. They went to MexiCali’s intending to see his sister. When they didn’t find her inside, an acquaintance told him that he thought she had gone to another restaurant, to which another acquaintance offered to drive them. MexiCali’s was full that night, so the acquaintance had parked across the street at a beach access. The four piled into the car and began to leave but were stopped by KDH police. The officer performed a search of the car and occupants for drugs and found nothing, as did a second officer with a K- 9 unit. No crime had been committed and so no charges were pressed. Continued Next Month Editors Note: This is a three part story provided by the Because of space limitations we can only print small parts of the series. Over the next several months we will print this interesting story from a different perspective than the mainstream media has portrayed. If you wish to read the truth about the Judge Tillett story (vs. the political media spin) it is available at this web address. Unexpected Elegance You will love the versatility of Magnabilities Interchangeable jewelry. Inexpensive Value and beautiful choices… or design your own Magnetic inserts for $8.00 Mention this ad and you will receive a $5.00 discount on your first order. ties-Jewelry-Sales-by-Lynne-B- 494654930708079/ 252-339-5218 Paint and Craft Parties with Lynne, located in the Hobby Lobby Store in Elizabeth City. Dates: May 10, 2016 at 5:00 pm June 14, 2016 at 5:00 pm July 12, 2016 at 5:00 pm August 9, 2016 at 5:00 pm Sept 13, 2016 at 5:00 pm Oct. 11, 2016 at 5:00 pm Please register by calling 252-339-5218 Lynne Every second Tuesday of the month. $25.00 includes all supplies and you take your painting or Craft home. Albemarle Tradewinds May 2016 9