Samira… I didn’t say that “‘all’ faithful outside the Empire fall under his authority.” I literally did not say that. The “pretty much” is there because I know his operations do include space beyond the Republic, but I can’t remember exactly how much, because I am not an expert on the subject at all.
Don’t twist my words just to satisfy a point, please.
By choice, Samira.
The difference here is choice.
Sera’s implication in the other thread was that Constantin’s presence is a sign of yet another nonconsensual Reclaiming, as if he’s the first step toward a Day of Darkness redux. That’s simply not true. Constantin is there because there was a need for an archdiocese for faithful who were already in the Republic before he got there. Since then, many more Matari have adopted the faith, yes. But not because they were born into it and required to practice it; not because they were never made aware of other options; not because they were kidnapped and forced into a Reclaiming. They adopted it because they saw something in the faith that they liked.
As I said before, I personally believe that that’s beyond gross. But there’s probably something comforting about the idea of one creator god that makes good things happen for you if you just worship him enough. I dunno.
And as I also said before, everyone should have the ability to choose, and there’s nothing wrong with Matari openly choosing to join the faith while aware of their options and what their conversion means (ie: being Reclaimed). In fact, I could even consider them really ■■■■■■■ brave for adopting the faith despite threats and violence from their own Matari kin.
Yes, it is. What’s wrong with that? Everyone has needs, and those needs have to be cared for in some way. Where would you have our siblings who choose the faith go otherwise? Back to Amarr?
Then that’s their problem. And it’s not as if they don’t make it known. They’re the shitheads who think it’s okay to lay hands on kin just because of what they believe in.
I know Constantin. I’ve been to the temple and I’ve met much of the staff and clergy there. I’ve chatted with parishioners. There’s nothing nefarious afoot. In fact, I would go so far as to say that their team does more to help Matari (albeit mostly faithful Matari) than many of the Matari capsuleers who gallivant about on this forum.
Now, for everyone who’s rubbing their hands at the chance to attack me over supporting the faith: I am only talking about Constantin’s archdiocese, because I’ve personally had contact with it. Any other Amarr working in Republic space, I’m not vouching for.