Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Some things you need to know before the world ends





And if the war on terror isn't enough to put Israel on the side of the angels, John Hagee has argued that "the United States must join Israel in a pre-emptive military strike against Iran to fulfill God's plan for both Israel and the West". He speaks of "a biblically prophesied end-time confrontation with Iran, which will lead to the Rapture, Tribulation, and Second Coming of Christ."


War is hell . . . but if you keep at it long enough it's heaven.

17 comments:

Garth said...

It's just a pity that when these guys do get their self-fulfilling prophecy they're not even going to know how wrong they were - 'cos they'll be dead like the rest of us. Fucking morons!

Jose said...

I'm always very dubious of religious justifications of war. It's usually a memetic sugar coating to disguise less palatable underlying motives.

W.M. Bear said...

Relevant bumper sticker:

In case of Rapture, this car will be empty.

Bumper sticker riposte:

In case of Rapture, can I have your car.

Additional nonsense:

In case of Rapture, with the White House be empty? Probably not, unfortunately.

Mac said...

"In case of Singularity, this car will be manned by a cyborg."

"There is a place in hell for me and my friends." --Morrissey

razorsmile said...

War is hell . . . but if you keep at it long enough it's heaven.

Yoink.

JohnFen said...

I'm inclined to agree with the analysis that every war, past, present, and future, is fought for economic reasons, but sold in some other package.

Ray Palm (Ray X) said...

There was a post over at Boing Boing a while ago about the Rapture crowd getting all worked up, ready to rise into the sky. It had excerpts from message boards along the lines of "I been having Rapture dreams and the signs are there and I'm so happy."

I like to rapture these people on the side of their heads with a dose of reality. Normally I believe in "Live And Let Live," but when some of these extremists are affecting world events -- and our existence -- then I can't keep quiet about it. Self-fulfilling prophecy on a global scale can get a lot of people killed –- for nothing.

Ray

W.M. Bear said...

Ray -- THe basic problem with fundamentalism (of whatever stripe, Islamic, Christian, or Jewish) is just that it reflects the application of an extreme literal-mindedness to sacred texts that were never intended to be read and interpreted literally. (This is the law and the prophets!)

W.M. Bear said...

The Gospels, for example, are not reportage....

Unknown said...

Bah, what foolish nonsense. Now Nostradamus’ prophesies.... (snicker)

Hope you're staying cool, Mac!

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