Nathanael Kapner

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Brother Nathanael Kapner, whose birth name is Milton Kapner but is more commonly known as Brother Nathanael, is a self-proclaimed "monastic with the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR)" who is rather popular in some conspiracy theorist circles while condemned by others, notably the white supremacists on Stormfront.[1] He is a street protester and has a following on the internet via The Brother Nathanael Foundation[2] and Real Jew News[3]. He also has a YouTube channel.[4]

In the comments section of the articles on Real Jew News, Kapner can frequently be seen e-begging for donations so he can continue his valuable work of trolling people on the street with his provocative signs. He has garnered some attention from media in Colorado by displaying signs with such noteworthy and intellectual messages as "ACLU Jews are Antichrist" [5] Much like the Westboro Baptist Church, he appears to enjoy provoking negative reactions out of people so he can claim he is being persecuted. [6]

[edit] Religious affiliation

Kapner was apparently born to two "accepting" Jewish parents in Pittsburgh, PA, but eventually cycled through various Christian groups, including Jews for Jesus, before failing at his job as a salesman to become a monk with the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR). He then joined the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Brookline, MA (affiliated with the Holy Orthodox Church of North America), and then the Dormiton Skete monastic community in Buena Vista, CO. (It has been affiliated with several denominations but was founded by the ROCOR.) However, he was eventually kicked out of the monastery, supposedly for suggesting to the bishop that they protest Wal-Mart's new policy of greeting customers with "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas." [7]

Concerning his relationship with the ROCOR, he also notes that he "speaks and writes ... not in any official capacity with ROCOR."[1] A July 19, 2013, statement from Chancery of the Synod of Bishops of the ROCOR declares that Kapner but has no relation to the ROCOR diocese in which he lives and that his "actions ... do not have the blessing of the Synod of Bishops."[8] The statement further urges him to cease his activity on the internet and to repent. The statement was signed by Archbishop Kyrill, who is the ruling hierarch of the diocese in which Kapner lives. In a forum post, a person claiming to be Kapner insisted that the person who gave this declaration was "blackmailed for alleged homosexual activity"[9].

Kapner claims to enjoy the support of Bishop Jerome; however, Bishop Jerome was involuntarily retired by the ROCOR on July 10, 2013, during an Extraordinary Session of the Synod of Bishops.[10] Bishop Jerome was censured and stripped of his episcopal duties and rights.

[edit] Criticism

Someone claiming to have known Kapner personally, identified only as "Fr. John," has stated that the real reason Kapner was rejected from Dormiton Skete was his lack of discipline, not because of any political conflicts. During the course of their relationship, Kapner supposedly revealed to him that he suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder and bipolar disorder, had been hospitalized many times, frequently failed to take his medication, and had cut off all relationships with his old friends and family. "Fr. John" characterized Kapner as a "very dangerous [and] angry" man who "often threatened to hurt people." [11]

White supremacists have been known to distrust Kapner due to his claims of being ethnically Jewish. Andrew Anglin of the popular fascist blog, fittingly titled Total Fascism, wrote that "first and foremost my opposition to him is because he is a biological Jew."[12]

Opinions of Kapner on Stormfront also seem to be mixed. User Sturmgeist88 feels "his motives for running his site realjewnews "[sic]" and converting to Christianity are less than pure,"[13] and jimdoe alleges he is "a homosexual nutjob".[14] Either way, infighting sure is funny.

[edit] Footnotes

  1. The Brother Nathanael Foundation, About
  2. The Brother Nathanael Foundation, Home page
  3. Real Jew News, Home page
  4. Brother Nathanael, YouTube page
  5. Summit Daily, Brother's message of Zionist contempt
  6. Wicked Local.com, Monk says 'no trespass' order amounts to religious discrimination
  7. Summit Daily News, Highway 9 conversion
  8. Official Site of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, Statement from the Chancery of the Synod of Bishops
  9. Euphrosynos Café, Milton Kapner Exposed! Expose!
  10. Official Website of the Eastern American Diocese of ROCOR, July 12, 2013: New York City: An Extraordinary Session of the Synod of Bishops was held
  11. Ripoff Report, Milton Kapner Brother Nathaniel Milton is a mentally ill. Denver, Colorado
  12. Total Fascism, Brother Nathanael Kapner: This Jew is No Friend of Mine
  13. Stormfront, Interesting article about Brother Nathanael Kapner
  14. Stormfront, Interesting article about Brother Nathanael Kapner
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