by RIP RENSE
Wrath of God?
(Feb. 2, 2005)
"I don't want to see any religious
people in public office because they're working for another boss."---Frank Zappa.
No, no---not Armageddonists, fundamentalists,
born-agains, "escatalogists," and other such intellectually deficient detainees
of ignorance and superstition---I mean Christians. Right. The ones who believe in the
spirit of Hay-zoos's teachings, not the literal letter of the humans who wrote the Babble,
and later translated it imprecisely into English.
Yes, I mean all you
enlightened, intelligent, deferential, charitable, constructive, open-minded people who go
to churches, and reject the "Religious right" out-of-hand. The ones who believe
in, well, if not love thy neighbor, at least don't punch him out on Super Sunday. I know
you're there. I've even met a few of you, and I've seen some of your websites.
I know you are repulsed by gargoyles like
Falwell and Dobson and D. James Kennedy and the
millions of glaze-eyed John Tesh-rockin' "Christian right" voters who are
convinced that Hay-zoos is coming back soon, perhaps in a new Escalade. Who believe that
humans have been divinely commissioned to foul the world and kill the animals, if that's
what it takes to establish our dominion here.
I know you have been shamed into low-profile by
these bungbrains. I know they have given modern Christianity a bad name. So. . .
Do something about it!
If you don't, the destruction of civilization
currently in full swing under the "Christian" right-led Bush administration will
go unchecked. I speak of the Babblical "prophecy" that has helped fuel the mad
invasion of the Middle East (in order to get that red carpet ready for the Lard and
Savoir-faire), and that erases all guilt for destroying oceans, air, forests, fish, birds,
large kitty-cats, alligators (well, I wouldn't miss them) elephants, marmosets, and
If you don't do something about it, nobody else
probably can. Non-Christian naysayers are instantly slandered as liberal "Godless"
commie baby-killing rat-bastards by the Limbaugh/Fox/televangelist machine. Only a
Christian can have any credibility in opposing the "Christian" right.
Let there be fight!
Hell, you could probably survive the
Rapture by eating their legs.
Get this: one-third of the American
electorate consists of Armageddonists. Forty-five senators and 186 members of the 108th
Congress are backed by Armageddonists, AKA doomsday cultists. That's what's going on, you
realize---the country is actually in the hands of doomsday cultists. The kind of
loonies who used to be lampooned in New Yorker cartoons, dressed in white robes and
carrying a "The World is Coming to An End" sign. A 2002 Time/CNN poll found that
59 percent of Ameriguns believe this crap. Fifty-nine percent!
Oh, the White House and those 186 congressmen
and women aren't solely Rapture-crazy. There is quite a grab-bag of fiendish design in the
Bush/Cheney extreme makeover of the planet, involving greed, arrogance, xenophobia,
chauvinism, racism, empire, possibly penis size---but all of these are sort of proud
traditions in big white powerful nations, right? Religious fanatacism, though, is new to
the mix in a country that was established in large measure to keep religion out
of government. You think I exaggerate? You need evidence? I give you. . .
"President" Bush's coronation speech.
Well, it wasn't really a speech, it was a
declaration of religious world war. If we don't like you, we will conquer you and
force-feed you "democracy" because we are God's chosen warriors!
And the meek shall inherit what?
First thing to know about this speech is that
it was written by an Armageddonist, Michael Gerson (and you thought Bushy-boy scribbled
it, eh?) Second, it was riddled with coded
messages to other Armaged- donists---slightly rewritten passages from the Babble,
uncredited (Holy plagiarism, Batman!) Third, it was not addressed to you or to me. The
"president" was speaking directly---and only---to the "we are on a mission
from God" True Believer nutball freako scripture-chanting holy rollers. People who
see God in a grilled cheese sandwich, or a frying pan.
The rest of us are all going to roast in The
Rapture, see, so why bother even speaking to us? Or more specifically, Bush believes the
grim Armageddonist fairy tale that he and all "Godly" people will soon be yanked
right out of their cowboy boots and Levis and whisked stark-nekkid up to Hebbin'. And that
the Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists, agnostics, AA members, PETA, and The Rolling Stones
will die fully clothed in a plague of starvation, pestlilence, boils, sores, locusts, and
I mean, folks, the frog part of that little
story ought to be enough to make you suspect that maybe these "Christian" folk
aren't driving with a full tank of gas. That they are one or two pups shy of a litter.
That their beans are not entirely baked. Frogs? Froggies? Run for your lives,
they'll hop you to death! What is this, vengence for high school biology dissections?
Kermit, the Conqueror! It ain't easy bein' green!
Hell, you could probably survive The Rapture by
eating their legs. Locusts? Roast and dip in chocolate. Crunchy!
So what I'm saying to all of you real
Christians out there is. . .get together, will you? This "Christian right" bloc
is massive, and it must be concertedly, vehemently opposed. You need to be all over this
thing like a plague of frogs! Get um. . .hopping mad! Wouldn't you rise up
against any religious group that attempts to take over our country? What in hell, and that
expression is sounding far too literal these days, are you waiting for? It's happened.
Do something. Anything. Support websites that
fight this madness. Get on mailing lists. Support organizations like the Interfaith Coalition for
the Environment. Demonstrate. Protest.
If you hear "Christian" right
politics spoken in your church---or any politics---voice your objection. And
don't be too damn Christian about it! Do it loudly, pointedly, right before your
congregation, and follow it up with a letter to your minister/priest/pastor. Do not
put money in any collection plate in any church that espouses Armageddonism. If need
be, quit your church and find a sane one. And if there is no discussion of the
"Christian right" in your church, start one! What better place?
I made these same suggestions some months ago
to a person who claims to be Christian, and who claims to oppose the "Christian"
right. I urged her to take any of the above steps in her church, but she was afraid,
cowardly. She said it would be "difficult."
Yes, fighting evil is a difficult thing to do.
And perhaps never more necessary in human
history than it is today.
But don't take my raving word for it, read Bill
Moyers' rational, considered, informed essay, "There is No Tomorrow"---the
most important commentary written since Bush was "elected" in 2000. Moyers, who
is an ordained Baptist minister with a degree in theology, is downright rattled:
". . .Millions of Christian
fundamentalists," he writes, "may believe that environmental destruction is not
only to be disregarded but actually welcomed - even hastened - as a sign of the coming
apocalypse. . . Once upon a time I agreed with Eric Chivian and the Center for Health and
the Global Environment that people will protect the natural environment when they realize
its importance to their health and to the health and lives of their children. Now I am not
so sure. It's not that I don't want to believe that - it's just that I read the news and
connect the dots."
When someone like Moyers is nervous, when his
optimism is shaken, it's an emergency. When someone like the wise and heroic investigative
reporter Seymour Hersh---probably the most trusted and informed reporter of the last 40
country has been taken over by "cultists," it's an emergency.
Think about that a second. The so-called
president is the head of a cult. What else can you call a man who actually believes that
frogs and locusts are coming, and that he has been asked by God to help set up Jesus
Christ's return by invading the Middle East?
If that doesn't fill you with tribulation,
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