Sunday, October 31, 2004

The Anti-Environmental Armageddon Cult: 231 Members of Congress Near You
It's commendable to have faith and religious beliefs; it's not commendable to put those ideals into legislation, particularly radical ones like believing the world's destruction is right around the corner, so who really cares about protecting anything? Or worse yet, of actually hastening destruction along to bring about the rapture.

This may seem sort of crazy, but it's very real. James Watt, Reagan's former Secretary of the Interior, disregarded all attempts at conservation because according to him, "God gave us these things to use. After the last tree is felled, Christ will come back."

Even worse, evangelicals--a signifant portion of our government including the President, Tom Delay, John Ashcroft, etc.--want the end times to be approaching. Some fundamentalist Christians have even joined with Israeli Jews in creating a pure red calf, an animal that must be sacrificed to fulfill an apocalyptic prophecy. If they will pursue such mundane and obscure activities to bring about the rapture, doesn't it follow that they might also be promoting other end-time prophecies like war and extreme weather, famine, etc.? Can we really trust these people to be running our nation?

There are indication our war in Iraq was at least partially a bid to bring about Armageddon due to biblical prophecies surrounding this region. Don't believe me? Check out these articles gushing about how the Iraq war will fulfill prophecy here and here, or check out the books about the topic here.

Aside from being frightening, doesn't this behavior seem hypocritical? How could someone call themselves a Christian--Christ, again, who's central tenant was love your neighbor as you love yourself--and do things that would bring about death and destruction, whether through obvious activities like warmongering, or indirect ways like not checking pollution and thereby increasing cancer rates and pulmonary disease among fellow humans? Plus, I seem to recall reading in the Bible that no man can predict the hour of Christ's return. Isn't not only predicting it, but helping it to arrive, a remarkable act of hubris?

Related Reading: When Billy Graham Planned to Kill One Million People

Note: Please understand that I am in no way bashing Christianity, but only a minority of it's followers who seem to have taken their own strange and particular brand of it to heart. I would react the same way to a branch of Microsoft employees spreading the joys of being a luddite.

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