Oh goody!!! People are dying in the Holy Land!!!! [Updated Again]
Because you see, all this killing and hatred is actually good news! It’s a sign that the great orgy of apocalyptic Christian comeuppance, THE RAPTURE, is nigh. It’s a time to rejoice, or at least pant with eager expectation along with the folks on the Rapture Ready End Times Chat forum.
What can one say to such deluded fools? That end of the world cults have been around a long time (like my favorite whipping boy, the Heaven’s Gate cult), and that they have a long track record of being embarrassingly wrong? It’s “end times” crap like this that makes me believe you can’t heap too much scorn, contempt, and derision on supernaturalist belief. The fact that anyone respects this kind of thinking absolutely boggles my mind. If you think I was disrespectful to Roman Catholicism for its ridiculous marriage rules, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
Like digby I worry, “How much influence do these people have on United States foreign policy?” And I shudder at the answer: probably more than people like me.
UPDATE: Sullivan weighs in. (I always love it when a major blog posts on a subject after I do.)
UPDATED AGAIN: Jon Swift, who strikes a faux-conservative pose a la Stephen Colbert, does a similar post, but it's much more in depth. (For Internal Monologue fans, see if you can find the place he links to this post!)