This time, Hagee suggests that a Rapture will occur where Christians will be taken to heaven, Israel will go to war in a great battle called Armageddon, and Jesus will return to earth. [...]
Greg Boyd, a pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minn., called the predictions a waste of time, maybe even bordering on astrology.
“You have an entire population buying into this stuff so no congregation is immune to this,” Boyd said. “It can strike fear into people, which is so unnecessary and wrong.”
The Jewish holy days carry less theological significance than Jesus’ resurrection for many Christians, said Sam Storms, a pastor of Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City. Any connection between the two events should carry less weight, he said.
“We need to stop giving into some of these sensationalist speculations,” he said. “Maybe Christians are more gullible. One has to twist the data to make it appear as if these are the fulfillment of some biblical prophecy.”
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2010—Torture Tapes Destruction and "Looking Backward":
|Another document release sheds some light into the the 2005 destruction of tapes showing the torture of two detainees.
The destruction of these tapes, Glenn points out, was called obstruction of justice by the 9/11 Commission. An obstruction that covered up the illegal torture of these two detainees. And, an obstruction that is apparently one of those things that the current administration isn't interested in looking back at.
On today's Kagro in the Morning show, we just had to talk about the wacko Bundy Ranch situation, as well as the wacko weather. Bundy supporters say county sheriffs have the right to disarm federal law enforcement, a theory invented by... a former sheriff! Joan McCarter, a Westerner herself, reminds us Bundy's likely got few allies among his rancher neighbors. She rounds up ACA news, the judicial nominations crisis, Mitt's trip to the Post Office, and the Kochs' weird opposition to a Memphis bus line. Armando weighs in from the road on continued Chait fallout. Finally, a student catches school bullies on tape, and ends up arrested for wiretapping!