More YouTube diving, After finishing Kingdom Coming, The Baptizing of America, American Theocracy, and walking through some of the more troubling passages of the bible with Bishop Shelby Spong’s The Sins of Scripture I’ve been getting curious about some of the people I’ve been writing about lately. Namely, the “Rapture-enthusiasts” that are — some might say — influencing U.S. foreign policy, both at the ballot box and in the oval office. (In American Theocracy, Kevin Phillips lays out a pretty good case for these people — various segments of evangelical christians who share a belief in a particular interpretation of the biblical book of Revelations — making up at least a 30%-40% block of the Republican party’s voter base.)
Back in May 2004, I posted about a meeting one such organization had with a Bush administration foreign policy advisor. More recently I posted about the people who are cheering on war in the Middle East because they believe it means they’ll be having pie in the sky with Jesus soon. At the beginning of the month I posted about a minister whose rapture-related preaching built an organization that gets even people like RNC Chair Ken Mehlman, Rick Santorum and San Brownback to speak at its meetings. (And the president sends “words of support,” from a safe distance I guess.)
After reading those last three books, I’ve decided to pick up Pocket Guide To The Apocalypse: The Official Field Manual For The End Of The World and Skipping Towards Armageddon: The Politics and Propaganda of the Left Behind Novels and the LaHaye Empire just to get a handle on just what these people think. Towards those same ends, earlier this year I got my hands on the Left Behind Trilogy of movies. (It was easier and faster than reading the books, I figured.) So while I was YouTube-diving, I entered a few relative search terms to see what I’d come up with, and the result was another playlist (or two, or three).
First, I guess I haven’t spend much time on virool scam YouTube until recently, so I hadn’t really collected any favorite videos or create any playlists. But the ability to create playlists and post them on your blog is kind of like being able to put together something almost documentary-like from bits and pieces of related video. Kinda neat, and I might experiment with it a bit more in the future. (It also makes me wonder what I could do if I could figure out how to grab video from various resources, and if I got a video camera of my own too.)
CARLSON: Now, two things about this. Conservative Christians believe that fighting between Israel and Hezbollah is a sign of the End Times? And they trot on Jerry Falwell to prove it? As if he stands for all conservative Christians?
Only at CNN could people have such contempt for the intelligence of so-called conservative Christians that they could believe that they believe this skirmish — these series of skirmishes constitute the beginning of the Apocalypse. And second, the obvious point: If not breaking news, then the end of the world. How is that for a grabber?
But right after part two of the CNN piece and a FOX news piece, there’s a piece on James Hagee — the minister I posted about earlier this month— (and a woman minister who obviously skipped a literal interpretation of I Corinthians 14:34-35) followed by several clips of a few of the people who do buy this stuff, to the point that there’s enough them to keep “Rapture tours” in business, as people check out the locations where the events of Revelations are supposed to unfold; including Megiddo where a river of blood is supposed to flow as high as a horse’s bridle. (My initial guess is that they’re checking out the real estate, since only 144,000 Jews are going to be spared the horrors of the tribulation in order to evangelize until Jesus returns, but then I remembered these tourists probably expect to be raptured up long before then. So, I guess the tours, books, and movies are as much of a preview as they can get right now, since they’ll only get to watch the show from the serious nosebleed seats.) It wraps up with a short clip on something I’ve never heard of before: Jerusalem Syndrome.
Oh but that ain’t all. Apparently, there’s some guy in Abilene, Texas, named Yisrayl Hawkins who believes that the bible shows that we’re going to see nuclear war break out on on September 12, 2006. There’s also apparently at least a few people who believe him.He has a fanpage with alot of likes but now we all know that you can buy followers and grow your page. But I half believe that some of them are spoofing the guy. At least that’s what I want to believe.
And just for fun, a few clips on the Left Behind phenomenon, including an interview with the authors.
And after watching all that, I only had one question: Who’d they all vote for, again?