Thursday, July 15, 2010

Praying for Armageddon

Posted By on Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Ever find it kinda weird that people are pushing for the end of civilization, always looking for signs and making predictions about when it's all going to go down? I do. And, I'm particularly leery of people who claim to have insight into what God's planning or what the future will be like. Why would they know when we don't know?

But, what really freaks me out is when our country's leaders get in on the game. We've got some politicians and Christian leaders saying BP's foul-up in the Gulf of Mexico was all God's idea. I've heard people — most notably Sarah Palin — suggest that's why some folks support the two decade-long wars we're involved in. Then, of course, there are the loons who believe President Obama to be the anti-Christ. The late Jerry Falwell even suggested, quite famously, that 9/11 happened because God was pissed — something he later apologized for saying.

I don't know about you, but I'm not too keen on the people who are calling the shots or directing people's spiritual paths also harboring suspicion that the end of the world is near. I can't help but assume those things will clash, and not in our favor.

There are countless webpages, videos, photos, blogs — you name it — focused on Armageddon watch. And every earthquake, tornado and major environmental disaster, heck -- even climate change, is considered one more sign that Armageddon is a comin'.

What this should really be called is the politics of fear, because fear, as we all know, can make a person feel helpless and lost. As long as people are afraid, they're easier to manipulate ... and easier to dupe and easier to filter money from ... it's another way to get you back into church.

But, unfortunately, people don't seem to get that. In fact, facts don't seem to matter too much at all.

As NPR's Neal Cohen reported earlier this week:

New research suggests that misinformed people rarely change their minds when presented with the facts -- and often become even more attached to their beliefs. The finding raises questions about a key principle of a strong democracy: that a well-informed electorate is best.

Read or listen to their report here.

I find this very strange, since I'm a big fan of facts and all. But, you know, you folks (I'm talking to you RWNJs — that's Twitter speak for Right-Wing Nut Jobs) go on clinging to your beliefs and fears and the random scare tactics from your purported political and spiritual leaders.

While you're busy with your nonsense, I'll focus on actually making a positive difference in the world and living a happy life.

So, have fun with your doom and gloom ya'll!

This guy, who calls himself the "Third Eagle of the apocalypse" and the "Co-prophet of the end times" explains why President Obama is not the anti-Christ. Well, thank goodness. Of course, after that announcement, the he then rambles on about other useless B.S.

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