By Nick Stamatakis

If anyone needed any further proof that GOA has turned into a Country Club, a mere look at the announcement from Karloutsos’s parish in the Hamptons would do the job just fine…  “BLUE DREAM BLUES”, reads the loud title of the email and underneath a message explains:

Due to the uncertainty of how this pandemic will affect Long Island’s East End this summer, we regrettably have decided to cancel our annual Blue Dream Summer Gala, which is the main philanthropic effort of our Church in the Hamptons that benefits a local, national or international charity.

We look forward to celebrating with you at Blue Dream 2021.

Yes, my friends, this is how business is done in our Church… Thanks to the Mega- businessman Karloutsos who knows how to run any event… And since he is a businessman there is no need for “God Bless You”, or “Stay Safe” or anything else resembling “spirituality” or Church… No need for these …sensitivities. My …barbershop has a more spiritual “closing sign” than this…

Oh, poor Archons… They will now have to party through Skype or Zoom… What a disaster… And because this is an exclusive country club of the same 30 people who donate every year, there is no need for even a prompt “if you would like to support this event and our church please click here…”  No need for that at all… This is not about the faithful… It’s about us, the fat cats, the …Archons… We do not need your money… We have money, which we donate to our friend Karloutsos and his Church and we get big “tax write-offs”…

As I said before, it’s about time for Karloutsos to quit… The least he can do is retire in the Hamptons and still enjoy the donations of the rich fat cats, his friends… But if he truly wants to benefit GOA, he will take his 30 rich friends and establish a country club somewhere in the country… This is what they are about… Parties, parties and more parties… And tax write-offs…

As for AB Elpidophoros and the Patriarch, the more they allow Karloutsos to stick around, the more they risk losing the remaining 10 percent of the faithful Greek Americans, who are still Church goers and members… Is this what they really want? A Church without people?  A country club of a few fats cats?  And I underline the word “a few”… Next year it will be too late… Karloutsos has to leave now…

The emphasis is on purpose – they have to remember this phrase and feel the urgency… Nothing will be the same after coronavirus. They do not have to believe me.  Let them listen to the most “common sense” analyses: “Any institution, public or private, which was in “bad shape” before COVID-19, will be in horrible shape after it is all over…” One more delay and there will be no Church of America anymore…

ENJOY THE PHOTOS OF THE GLORIOUS PARTIES – THE 30 FAT CATS WILL MISS THEM…

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