Pat Robertson's Reward (Tom Paine)
In this rather long but extremely informative article, Bill Berkowitz explores a very complicated issue.
If Bush *is* a religious fanatic, and has unlimited power we are in for one rough ride. We cannot be complacent. I can't even begin to understand it all, but what I do understand scares me terribly. I'd love some feedback.
Jewish Conservatives Join Forces With Christian Evangelicals
by Bill Berkowitz
How seriously do American Christians consider the "end times"? According to Time: 36 percent of Americans believe "the Bible is the word of God and is to be taken literally"; 59 percent believe "the prophecies in the Book of Revelation will come true"; 35 percent "say they are paying closer attention to news events and how they relate to the coming end of the world since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11"; and 36 percent "support Israel...because they believe in biblical prophecies that Jews must control Israel before Christ will come again."
Please also see : Whose War?
and The Unannounced Reason Behind American Fundamentalism's Support for the State of Israel
which states: "In order for most of today’s Christians to escape physical death, two-thirds of the Jews in Israel must perish, soon. This is the grim prophetic trade-off that fundamentalists rarely discuss publicly, but which is the central motivation in the movement’s support for Israel."
I don't know many fundamentalists personally, but I had a rather vigorous discussion with one person a while back and she is absolutely thrilled about the power Bush holds to bring about the 'rapture'. If we consider that 36% of Americans are fundamentalists and vote and support war accordingly, and another percentage are basing their pro-war stance on something else entirely, (racial, macho, misinformation..) that would explain the polls.
posted by Cyndy