Thanks to Pat Robertson, I have been told to prepare for the Second Coming. The fact that this Catholic knows about the rapture is an unfortunate byproduct of a paying too much attention at evangelical summer camps and an taking too much Latin to avoid my high school language requirement.
I suppose if I wasn’t blessed with an analytical mind, I’d find it comforting to find out that the frequency and devastation wrought by hurricanes has nothing to do with global warming. Tell me, Pat, should I be sacrificing my children now?
Hey, Sam you may want to rethink your idea that the doctrine of Islam poses unique problems for the emergence of a global civilization. How is the Islamic “reality of Paradise” different from Pat Robertson’s statement in anything other than socio-economic context?
(For those too lazy to click through my links. The subtext of Pat Robertson’s statement: Raping the environment, fucking up our disaster response and waging wars are a “Good Thing” because it will hurry the return of Jesus and carry us away from the hellhole we created for ourselves.)
I’ll be honest with you. Books such as The Late, Great Planet Earth scared the be-jesus out of me when I was a kid. Read it now and it will be laughable—you will suddenly realize the “Culture of Life” is a culture promulgated on Fear. Sorry to spoil the party: The Rapture didn’t happen then; it isn’t going to happen now. Hal Lindsey was full of shit then; Tim LaHaye is full of shit now. Rationalize all you want, but you will have to deal with the mess we make along with me. (If you don’t believe me, click on the links and buy the books. A little Amazon Associates money might help me deal with being “left behind” and is a small compensation for saving your soul.)