After the 2004 election I was hit with the realization that he represents a collective mindset. A mind that does not need to be informed or reminded what their government is up to. Their support is based on faith. Faith that they have elected "one of their own" and they must trust in him. They are NOT in denial. They See. They Get it. They know.
The most troubling aspect of Christian Fundamentalism is that the "faithful" want and welcome fulfillment of their End Times Biblical Doomsday Prophecy, which ultimately means the destruction of mankind. According to their faith, once life on earth is destroyed and the rest of us "lesser people" of a "lesser god" have set up residence in Hades, they and their kind will finally get to hook up with their God in Heaven. Nothing could be more joyous than meeting their maker, in their lifetime. With Bush as their leader, their messiah, they see Heaven clearly on the horizon. They are about to be rewarded for their loyalty. Their immortal souls teeter on their support of this man.
Because we have a "Born-Again Fundamentalist" running the country and because Fundamentalists believe that Armageddon is a "positive turn of events", perhaps we should examine the dire consequences of Religious Extremism in our own country. Perhaps we should restrict anyone having these beliefs from holding ANY kind of public office - most importantly office of POTUS. They could and already do seem to be making decisions that would ultimately contribute to the fulfillment of this insane prophecy. "Utter Madness" should not be the underpinning of our Foreign Policy. "Utter Madness" should not influence who does or who does not get nuked. "Utter Madness" should not Rule the Day.
The questions, while under oath, to put to George W. Bush and anyone currently holding public office are:
- Do you believe the Bible is "The Literal Word of God".
- Do you believe GOD will usher in the "END TIMES".
- Do you believe getting to Heaven hinges on the fulfillment of the "END TIMES" prophecy and Armageddon.
Note: If you haven't made a serious attempt to read the Bible cover to cover - DO NOT DEFEND IT. Yes it teaches many admirable Christian morals but it also has some incredibly disturbing immoral teachings based on a 5,000 year old tribal society dominated by war, superstition, bigotry, and oppression and cannot be swallowed whole as the "Literal Word of God".
Advice to self: Spend more time at the Whiskey Bar.