Simkins, Have we been subjects of academic experimentation?Yeah. The working hypothesis is that negative attitude towards Zoya is caused by personal cowardice. It is not merely my opinion. The same idea was expressed in the film
Cowards defamed Zoya to justify their own miserable behavior in similar circumstances.
To check the hypothesis one needs a scientific method for measuring cowardice. I was considering different methods and finally settled with this. Bring the subject to the top of a 100+ high feet building and see how close he can come to the edge of the roof. Cowardice is measured in feet. There is certain arbitrarity in chosing this particular method, but I am attracted by its simplicity. Moreover it is evident that this measure will correlate very strongly with other characteristics like ability to ski at highway speeds or behaviour during meeting a bear in the woods. Now is the time to collect the data.
Complete and utter tripe, Simkins, and you know it. You have shown a great degree of cowardice yourself in hiding behind the skirts of your blinkered, rabid, neocommunist Russophilia. Your grasp of history is woeful and distorted, and your insistence that Zoya should be canonised is utterly blasphemous, and a gross insult to the genuine saints (the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia) and laymen who truly suffered greatly for their Orthodox faith, often to the point of death, under Stalinism. Zoya died for Stalin and what he stood for, not for God or Christ.
When the Patriarch of Moscow was approached a few years ago to consider the glorification as a saint of Tsar Ivan Grozny, his response was brief, and very telling. He stated that Hieromartyr Philip, Metropolitan of Moscow, among others, had been murdered on the order of the Tsar. If Tsar Ivan, the perpetrator of the death of St Philip, were made a saint, then it would be necessary to "uncanonise" St Philip. You cannot recognise as saints both the victim and the perpetrator of such injustice. The "idea" that Zoya died for was the communist, Stalinist ideal, which was, by definition, atheist. She did not die for the salvation of mankind, whereas Christ, the Son of God, did. To canonise Zoya would be to spit in the faces and on the graves of the New Martyrs.
As for your cheap shot at established Orthodox hymnography and its use in English of the word "trample", here are the texts in Slavonic and Greek of the troparion for the Resurrection:
Христос воскресе из мертвых, смертию смерть поправ
, и сущим во гробех живот даровав.
Χριστός ανέστη εκ νεκρών, θανάτω θάνατον πατήσας
, καί τοίς εν τοίς μνήμασι, ζωήν χαρισάμενος.
Simkins, I dare you to honestly translate the word поправ (poprav) as anything other than trample
or step upon
. The same goes for πατήσας (patisas).