Sunday, April 17, 2005

Politics and Prophecy

I look at a prophecies forum website from time to time to see what the “seers” are predicting (“seers” in quotation marks because some of them may be, but many of them certainly are not). One of the things that initially surprised me about this website was the reliance that many of its contributors place on biblical prophecy, and how they try to interpret that prophecy to fit what is happening in the world today. Basically there is a lot of chatter about impending armageddon.

Meanwhile, there is a popular theory that President Bush and his right-wing Christian government are trying to speed on the 'great tribulation', which will, in turn, bring about the rapture and armageddon. This religious fervour is unquestionably a driving force behind US policy, particularly in the Middle East.

Thomas Jefferson said the book of revelations was the ravings of a lunatic. George Bush organises his foreign policy around it.” -- Bill Maher on Larry King Live, 22.07.2004.

How is it that the founders of our country were enlightened humanists over 200 years ago, and yet our current president is little more than a Jesus freak with too much power?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think Mark Mothersbaugh may have been on to something.

Max said...

Anon, I am not sure what your point is. Mark Mothersbaugh has been credited with saying: "Rebellion is obsolete - change things from the inside working out." But I usually prefer rebellion.

Dave said...

To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson:

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots."

Dave said...

To quote the Beastie Boys:

"You gotta fight...for your right...to paaarrrrty."