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posted 12 August 2002 07:51 PM      Profile for Pimji   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Fundamentally Unsound by Michelle Goldberg, Salon
August 2, 2002

This article pretty much sums up my take on what are the more immeasurable motivations behind US foreign policy.

The article is a review of the latest book "The Remnant" in the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. It debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times best seller list.

After all, Tim LaHaye isn't merely a fringe figure like Hal Lindsey, the former king of the genre, whose 1970 Christian end-times book "The Late Great Planet Earth" was the bestseller of that decade. The former co-chairman of Jack Kemp's presidential campaign, LaHaye was a member of the original board of directors of the Moral Majority and an organizer of the Council for National Policy, which has called "the most powerful conservative organization in America you've never heard of" and whose membership has included John Ashcroft, Tommy Thompson and Oliver North. George W. Bush is still refusing to release a tape of a speech he gave to the group in 1999.

I too would love to hear Bush's speech.
So the rest of us can ignore Left Behind, or chuckle at its over-the-top Christian kitsch. We should keep in mind, though, that for some of the most powerful people in the world, this stuff isn't melodrama. It's prophecy.

[ August 12, 2002: Message edited by: Pimji ]

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Babbler # 228

posted 25 March 2003 11:53 PM      Profile for Pimji   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
When U.S. Foreign Policy Meets Biblical Prophecy By Paul S. Boyer, AlterNet
February 20, 2003

Abundant evidence makes clear that millions of Americans upwards of 40 percent, according to some widely publicized national polls do, indeed, believe that Bible prophecies detail a specific sequence of end-times events. According to the most popular prophetic system, premillennial dispensationalism, formulated by the 19th-century British churchman John Darby, a series of last-day signs will signal the approaching end. Those will include wars, natural disasters, rampant immorality, the rise of a world political and economic order, and the return of the Jews to the land promised by God to Abraham.


Leaders have always invoked God's blessing on their wars, and, in this respect, the Bush administration is simply carrying on a familiar tradition. But when our born-again president describes the nation's foreign-policy objective in theological terms as a global struggle against "evildoers," and when, in his recent State of the Union address, he casts Saddam Hussein as a demonic, quasi-supernatural figure who could unleash "a day of horror like none we have ever known," he is not only playing upon our still-raw memories of 9/11. He is also invoking a powerful and ancient apocalyptic vocabulary that for millions of prophecy believers conveys a specific and thrilling message of an approaching end not just of Saddam, but of human history as we know it.

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posted 26 March 2003 12:21 AM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I was once told by someone on babble that I had vastly overestimated the numbers of people in the United States who believed in the fundamentalist Christian vision of how events would unfold.

In light of the recent poll cited which shows that 40% of Americans do indeed believe in such things, I believe I have been unjustly chastised.

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