Writes Katherine Grossman:
“I enjoyed the December 2 podcast -Lew Rockwell Attacked By A Parasite. Something occurred to me while I was listening to your response to the caller about removing shoes for the TSA and I wanted to share it with you. Removing shoes may be an old CIA intimidation tactic — but it has an older history and symbolic meaning that I didn’t know if you were aware of.
I’m Syrian Orthodox Christian. And among very traditional Orthodox Christians and Coptic Christians there is a pious tradition of removing our shoes before entering a church or receiving the sacraments of The Eucharist, Confession or Holy Unction. Of course Muslims remove their footwear also before entering a Mosque (they learned it from us).
The removal of shoes upon entering a church is because we are walking upon Holy ground. But the removal of footwear also has another deeper symbolic meaning — it signifies a slave. As Christians we are a slaves to sin, but we are also the humble and unworthy servants and handmaidens to our Lord and Master — Jesus Christ.
Apparently airports have become ‘holy ground’ and those who must pass through security are no more than slaves. I can’t help but wonder why it took me so long to make the connection. Thanks for helping me with a new insight.”1:18 pm on December 7, 2011 Email Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.