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Rapture Insanity Watch

I keep waiting for the padded ambulance to roll up and men in white coats to leap out, shoot these bozos with a trank gun, wrap them up in a straight jacket, and go howling off to the nearest sanitarium, but no…instead, they get invitations to appear on cable news and babble about the apocalypse. And it’s not just the airhead news media…

…Rosenberg is just one of several conservative media figures who have identified and expounded upon the purported signs of the Apocalypse to be found in the Israel-Hezbollah conflict. During his appearance on Live From…, Rosenberg claimed that he had been invited to the White House, Capitol Hill, and the CIA to discuss the Rapture and the Middle East, and noted—several times—that the apocalyptic events described in his novels keep coming true.

What’s really frightening is that these people don’t exhibit an ounce of critical thinking, and these ridiculous attitudes are endemic in the people who run our country. I’m waiting for some smart, pragmatic, sensible guy in government or the press to stand up and truncate that famous quote: “You have done enough. Have you no sense?”

(via Atrios)

Comments

  1. #1 Kristine
    July 27, 2006

    Hey, I saw a photo of Richard Dawkins wearing an “Atheists for Jesus” shirt and thought, What’s up with that? He must be lampooning the “J for J” people. Yes, they appear on the Nicollet Mall every once in a while. No, I didn’t ask. (Don’t ever ask! It’s not that interesting!)

    Maybe we should make our own t-shirts: “Atheists for the Rapture.” Maybe that will get some attention, and even some interviews on CNN.

  2. #2 PZ Myers
    July 27, 2006

    Dawkins has written that he likes at least some bits of the philosophy of Jesus — it’s too bad his message was appropriated by a band of superstitious thugs.

  3. #3 Steve_C
    July 27, 2006

    The only ones that get it right.

    http://onegoodmove.org/1gm/1gmarchive/2006/07/the_promised_la.html

    And Dawkins has said that people should emulate jesus. But not pray to him.

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