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https://plus.google.com/103881730142233500242 USNationalistNews : Hitler attacks Laissez Faires Capitalism, not Capitalism as a whole. He references how Jews and non-...
Hitler attacks Laissez Faires Capitalism, not Capitalism as a whole.
He references how Jews and non-Jews alike used Laissez Faires to social engineer and transition healthy nations towards a Collective Dialectical Materialism, under the banner of Democracy.
Watch the video: Hitler on Democracy, Capitalism, and National Socialism
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https://plus.google.com/110852049889379459293 YouR Beautiful : Tex-ASS....the Conservative Utopia. Naturally, Texas prisons don't allow any books with "explicit sexual...
Tex-ASS....the Conservative Utopia. Naturally, Texas prisons don't allow any books with "explicit sexual material," however, the Bible with all the sex in it is OKAY! Oh yeah....and Adolph Hitler, David Duke and Che Gueverra are just fine, as well. Shakespeare...you're out!
Texas prisons ban books by Shakespeare and Langston Hughes — but Hitler and David Duke are OK

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https://plus.google.com/113653798100742351191 Miguel Afonso Caetano : "A host of earlier biographers (most notably Alan Bullock, Joachim Fest and Ian Kershaw) have advanced...
"A host of earlier biographers (most notably Alan Bullock, Joachim Fest and Ian Kershaw) have advanced theories about Hitler’s rise, and the dynamic between the man and his times. Some have focused on the social and political conditions in post-World War I Germany, which Hitler expertly exploited — bitterness over the harsh terms of the Treaty of Versailles and a yearning for a return to German greatness; unemployment and economic distress amid the worldwide Depression of the early 1930s; and longstanding ethnic prejudices and fears of “foreignization.”

Other writers — including the dictator’s latest biographer, the historian Volker Ullrich — have focused on Hitler as a politician who rose to power through demagoguery, showmanship and nativist appeals to the masses. In “Hitler: Ascent, 1889-1939,” Mr. Ullrich sets out to strip away the mythology that Hitler created around himself in “Mein Kampf,” and he also tries to look at this “mysterious, calamitous figure” not as a monster or madman, but as a human being with “undeniable talents and obviously deep-seated psychological complexes.”"
In ‘Hitler,’ an Ascent From ‘Dunderhead’ to Demagogue
A new biography portrays Hitler as a clownish, deceitful narcissist who took control of a powerful nation thanks to slick propaganda and a dysfunctional elite that failed to block his rise.
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https://plus.google.com/110337567414912725053 Neil Snyder : September 29, 2016 SnyderTalk: Erdogan’s U.S. Visit Shows He Cares About World Opinion Less Than Ever...
September 29, 2016 SnyderTalk: Erdogan’s U.S. Visit Shows He Cares About World Opinion Less Than Ever

SnyderTalk Comment:

With each passing day, Turkey’s President Erdogan reminds me more and more of Adolf Hitler. He’s a nutjob with a gigantic ego, and he's a very dangerous man.

Interestingly, Erdogan and Obama have been good buddies for the past 8 years. They have several things in common not the least of which is their hostility toward Israel.

Barack Obama will go down in history as the worst President of the United States ever and the worst “friend” of Israel ever to occupy the Oval Office. Hillary Clinton was his sidekick each step of the way during his first term.

Erdogan will go the way of tyrants. It’s just a matter of time.

http://www.snydertalk.com/?p=33880
Erdogan's U.S. Visit Shows He Cares About World Opinion Less Than Ever
Turkey’s President Erdogan is a nutjob with a gigantic ego and a very dangerous man.
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https://plus.google.com/101871227630109742572 Get friends, not enemies : If someone does not know or believe that Hitler had collaboration with muslims and Hitler is still in...
If someone does not know or believe that Hitler had collaboration with muslims and Hitler is still in great favour of many asylum seekers arriving from the Middle East, here's something to make you think twice. Muslims really do hate jews.
Watch the video: Muslims chant "Adolf Hitler" and "alahu ackbar" Gemany 1080
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https://plus.google.com/104283368612914306810 Olle Svensk Strand : All of you who say you’d kill Hitler if you could travel back in time. Now is your chance.
All of you who say you’d kill Hitler if you could travel back in time. Now is your chance.
All of you who say you’d kill Hitler if you could…
All of you who say you’d kill Hitler if you could travel back in time. Now is your chance.
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https://plus.google.com/102464480975578994806 Koibito Faita (Baby Cakes) : PEPE'S A FUCKING FROG CNN YA BASTARDS YOU DON'T CALL OUT FRANK OR THE HITLER MEMES BUT A GODDAMN FROG...
PEPE'S A FUCKING FROG CNN YA BASTARDS YOU DON'T CALL OUT FRANK OR THE HITLER MEMES BUT A GODDAMN FROG ASSHOLES
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https://plus.google.com/100311162832484339780 Greg Batmarx : That's a very interesting book exposing the most sinister Christian book and how it changed the human...
That's a very interesting book exposing the most sinister Christian book and how it changed the human history; The Revelation to John.
Here are some extracts;

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"the book of Revelation is regarded by secular readers—and even by progressive Christians of various denominations—as a biblical oddity at best and, at worst, a kind of petri dish for the breeding of dangerous religious eccentricity. Most Jewish readers have never bothered to crack open a copy of the Christian scriptures, and when they do, they are deeply offended to find that Jews are described in Revelation as members of “the synagogue of Satan.”1 Indeed, the fact is that Revelation has always been regarded with a certain skepticism—as “a curiosity that accidentally and embarrassingly belongs to the New Testament”—even within pious Christian circles, and even in antiquity.2 So the ironic and disdainful treatment of Revelation in Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal, a darkly postmodern motion picture that questions whether God exists at all, is not wholly anachronistic."

"Whether we approach the book of Revelation as drivel or divine mystery, however, the fact remains that Revelation is still embraced with credulity and deadly seriousness by a great many men and women in the modern world, and not only by the kind of true believers who announce their deepest convictions on their bumpers. Indeed, the readers of Revelation in modern America include a few men who have possessed the godlike power to incinerate the world with the launch codes of the American nuclear arsenal."

"Revelation has been described as “future history.”4 Looking forward from his vantage point in distant antiquity, its author confidently and colorfully describes “things which must shortly come to pass.”5 But none of his prophecies have yet been fulfilled, at least not in any plain or literal way. That’s why readers in every age have tried to explain away the failed prophecies of Revelation by arguing that its visions must be understood as a symbolic depiction of events that will take place long after its disappointed author died a natural death. And yet, significantly, every new generation urgently believes that its own times will be the end-times."

"For the true believer, of course, the book of Revelation is “the only biblical book authored by Christ,” as one pious commentator puts it, since its author claims to be reporting only what was revealed to him from on high.7 Other readers of Revelation, however, are willing to allow that human intelligence—and human artifice—are at work: “[I]t is the one great poem which the first Christian age produced.”8 And a few otherwise admiring critics find themselves compelled to characterize Revelation as “apocalyptic pornography,” “an insane rhapsody,” “the creative imagination of a schizophrenic,” or, as Thomas Jefferson memorably put it, “merely the ravings of a maniac."

"Once fixed on parchment or papyrus toward the end of the first century, the book of Revelation was regarded with alarm and suspicion by some of the more cautious church authorities. They were offended by the scenes of blood-shaking violence and lurid sexual promiscuity that are described so memorably in its pages. They were put off by the very idea of the thousand-year reign of King Jesus over an earthly realm, which struck them as a purely Jewish notion of what the messianic kingdom would be like. And they were equally troubled by what is not mentioned: none of the familiar scenes of the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth, and none of his sublime moral teachings, are to be found in Revelation."

"Indeed, Revelation can be literally crazy-making. For anyone who reads the book of Revelation from beginning to end, the experience resembles a fever-dream or a nightmare: strange figures and objects appear and disappear and reappear, and the author himself flashes back and forth in time and place, sometimes finding himself in heaven and sometimes on earth, sometimes in the here and now and sometimes in the end-times, sometimes watching from afar and sometimes caught up in the events he describes. The author refers to the same characters by different names and titles, and he describes the same incidents from different vantage points. All the while, the characters and incidents, the words and phrases, even the letters and numbers of Revelation seem to shimmer with symbolic meanings that always float just out of reach."

"The early church fathers debated among themselves whether Revelation belonged in the Bible at all. Martin Luther was tempted to leave it out of his German translation of the Bible because, as he put it, “Christ is not taught or known in it.”15 More recently, George Bernard Shaw dismissed Revelation in its entirety as “a curious record of the visions of a drug addict,”16 and C. G. Jung deemed the visions of Revelation to be unworthy of serious study “because no one believes in them and the whole subject is felt to be an embarrassing one.”17 Even otherwise pious religious scholars have always been openly skeptical about what an earnest seeker can hope to achieve by parsing out the text."

"The book of Revelation consists of a series of prophecies about the future, most of them eerie and scary. To be sure, the author opens with a few words of grudging praise or, more often, bitter denunciation for his fellow Christians, most of whom he finds to be complacent, gullible, self-indulgent, and woefully lacking in zeal. “Because you are lukewarm,” he tells the church at Laodicea, attributing his admonition to God himself, “I will vomit you out of my mouth.”"

"Mostly, however, the author of Revelation devotes himself to an account of the disturbing sights that he has seen during a vision that came to him on the island of Patmos off the west coast of Asia. The author has achieved a trancelike state of mystical ecstasy in which he sees, among a great many other and even odder things, a scroll on which is written God’s secret plan for the end of the world. The scroll has been closed with seven seals, presumably of wax or clay, and all seven seals must be broken before the scroll can be opened and read.  Here begins the single most insistent motif of Revelation—the author’s almost obsessive use of the number seven. He sees not only seven seals but also seven angels, seven bowls, seven candlesticks, seven churches, seven crowns, seven eyes, seven heads, seven horns, seven kings, seven lamps, seven mountains, seven plagues, seven spirits, seven stars, seven thunders, and seven trumpets. The story of Revelation, such as it is, focuses on what will happen in heaven and on earth when, after the ever-mounting terror of the last days finally reaches a climax, the seventh trumpet is sounded, the seventh bowl of God’s wrath is poured out, and the Lamb of God breaks the seventh seal."

"Indeed, the only way for God to defeat the Devil and his servitors, according to the author, is to destroy the world and start all over again with “a new heaven and a new earth.” "

"After seven years of suffering under the Beast, Jesus Christ will descend to earth as a mounted warrior-king at the head of an army of angels and resurrected saints and martyrs, and a decisive battle will be fought at a place called Armageddon. The author of Revelation delights in describing the revenge that the Lamb of God will take on those who once tormented his faithful worshippers. “Come, gather for the great supper of God,” an angel will cry to the birds of prey, “to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men, both free and slave, both small and great.”"

"Satan will be bound in chains and confined in a bottomless pit, and the survivors of the Tribulation will live in an earthly kingdom under the authority of King Jesus and his resurrected saints and martyrs for exactly one thousand years. But the end-times are not quite over yet. Satan will break his fetters, and Jesus Christ will be forced to go to war yet again against his archenemy and the far-flung nations that are the Devil’s human allies, now called “Gog and Magog.” Only then will Satan and his minions be cast once and for all into “the lake of fire and brimstone,” where they will be “tormented day and night for ever and ever.”34  Now, at last, our benighted world—“the first earth”—will be brought to an end. Everyone who has ever lived will be resurrected, and living and dead alike will be judged and rewarded or punished as God sees fit. And the litmus test for salvation is true belief: “Those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus” will be permitted to spend eternity in perfect bliss in the new heaven. Everyone else—men, women, and children—will be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, “which is the second death,” along with the Devil and “the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, murderers, fornicators, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars.”35  Revelation, quite in contrast to the Gospels, is notoriously lacking in loving-kindness. Rather, it is a punishing text, full of rage and resentment, almost toxic in its longing for bloody revenge against one’s enemies."

"The yearning to be counted among the saved, and the loathing of everyone who is not saved, turns out to be one of the great engines of history. No better example can be found than the ancient but enduring practice of linking the Antichrist to a living historical figure. The “beast” of Revelation has been a man of all seasons: Muhammad was seen as the Antichrist in the early Middle Ages, Saladin at the time of the Crusades, the Grand Sultan of the Ottoman Turks when they threatened the gates of Vienna, Napoleon in the aftermath of the French Revolution. Martin Luther denounced the pope (or, more precisely, the papacy) as the Anti-christ, and the pope returned the favor. Each generation churns up its own candidates: Lenin and Stalin, Hitler and Mussolini, Roosevelt and Kennedy, Moshe Dayan and Anwar el-Sadat have all been proposed at various times as the human manifestation of the Beast."

"The imagery of Revelation, as we shall see, meant something quite specific—and quite different—to its author and his first readers and hearers. But the fact that we are able to understand what the “number of the beast” and the Great Whore of Babylon actually meant to a Christian visionary of Jewish birth in Asia Minor in the first century has never deterred subsequent generations from finding entirely different meanings for themselves. That’s the strange and powerful magic of Revelation: each new generation of readers is convinced that God planted a secret meaning in the text that was meant only and especially for them. And, remarkably, the failure of each previous generation to crack the Revelation code only encourages the next generation to try harder. As a work of prophecy, of course, Revelation is wholly and self-evidently wrong. “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until you judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” demands the biblical author, quoting the souls of the dead martyrs, and he answers his own question by attributing an unambiguous promise to Jesus Christ: “Behold, I am coming soon.”39 Those words were first reduced to writing nearly two thousand years ago, but the readers of Revelation are still waiting for the day of revenge that is predicted with such clarity and confidence in the ancient text."

"The author of Revelation is not the only figure in Christian scriptures whose prediction of the end-times was mistaken. Jesus, according to some awkward sayings attributed to him in the Gospels, assures his followers that at least some of them will see the end of the world with their own eyes. The apostle Paul, in turn, offered the same assurance to his generation of Christians. Both Jesus and Paul were gone by the time the author of Revelation set down his vision of “things which must shortly come to pass.”40All of them turned out to be dead wrong, and the world is still here."

"Once a Christian emperor seated himself on the imperial throne of pagan Rome in the early fourth century, all the bitter rhetoric of Revelation, so clearly aimed at the power and glory of the Roman Empire, was suddenly an embarrassment that needed to be explained away. By late antiquity, Revelation suddenly seemed less relevant than, say, the Gospel of Mark: “But when you hear of wars and rumors of war, do not be troubled,” Jesus is shown to sensibly caution his followers, “for such things must happen, but the end is not yet"

"Above all else, the author of Revelation is a good hater, and he embraces the simple principle that anyone who is not with him is against him. He rails against his rival preachers, condemning them as fornicators and false prophets. He heaps abuse on those of his fellow Christians whom he regards as insufficiently zealous for the Lamb of God. He offers the ultimate insult to Jews who do not embrace Jesus as the Messiah by insisting that Christians are the only authentic Jews. He reserves special contempt for anyone who indulges in carnal pleasure and, especially, the getting of goods. And, in a gesture of rhetorical overkill that is the hallmark of Revelation, he condemns his adversaries as not merely wrong, not merely sinful or criminal, but wholly corrupted by “the deep things of Satan.”"

"Here we find a particularly heartless theology of exclusion: the saints and martyrs will be granted eternal life, as the author of Revelation sees it, and the rest of humanity will burn in hell. Indeed, the book of Revelation fairly sizzles with the deferred pleasure of revenge."

"“The second half of the Apocalypse is flamboyant hate and simple lust…for the end of the world,” writes novelist D. H. Lawrence, who was so appalled by what he found in Revelation that he was moved to write a commentary of his own. By his lights, the author of Revelation had devised “a grandiose scheme for wiping out and annihilating everybody who wasn’t of the elect [and] of climbing up himself right on to the throne of God.”"

"At the climax of his vision of the end of the world, the author of Revelation is seized with the uncompromising (and unseemly) desire to watch his enemies suffer and die.  “Do unto her as she has done to your people,” he implores the sword-wielding Lamb of God. “She brewed a cup of terror for others, so give her twice as much as she gave out. She has lived in luxury and pleasure, so match it now with torments and sorrow.”"

"some courageous scholars have suggested that the author of Revelation was probably not himself at risk of torture and death at the time and in the place where he lived and worked. Indeed, as it turns out, the rhetoric of Revelation is no less compelling to those who imagine themselves to be persecuted than it is to those who actually are persecuted.  “When thinking of the torments which will be the lot of Christians at the time of Anti-Christ,” mused Thérèse of Lisieux, a nun in nineteenth-century France, shortly before her death from illness at the age of twenty-four, “I feel my heart leap with joy and I would that these torments be reserved for me.”50  But it is also true that Revelation, now and then, moves some of its more excitable readers to act out their own fantasies of revenge and martyrdom."

"Some of the recent readings of Revelation would be laughable if they were not so creepy. Contemporary traffickers in end-of-the-world prophecy have resorted to the ancient biblical text to find explanations for various phenomena of our anxiety-ridden age, both real and imagined, including alien abduction, UFOs, nuclear proliferation, the Kennedy assassination, the sexual revolution, the digital revolution, the AIDS epidemic, and much else besides—“an example of Americans’ insatiable appetite for the unusual, spectacular and exotic,” as one scholar proposes.52 And Revelation, which imagines the existence of a vast conspiracy of princes, powers, and principalities in ser vice to Satan, feeds even the most outlandish paranoid fantasies about the hidden workings of the world in which we live."

"Above all, Revelation is now—and has always been—a potent rhetorical weapon in a certain kind of culture war, a war of contesting values and aspirations, that has been waged throughout human history. The author of Revelation, as we shall see, condemns any Christian who partakes of the pleasures and rewards of classical civilization at the peak of its enduring achievements in art, letters, and philosophy. When Savonarola called upon his parishioners to cast their paintings and pretty things on the Bonfire of the Vanities—and to thereby turn Florence into the “New Jerusalem” that is promised in Revelation—he was fighting a culture war against what he called paganism and we call the Renaissance. And modern readers of Revelation who inject the Bible into the rancorous public debate over the role of religion in American democracy are fighting the same war all over again."

"So the book of Revelation cannot be dismissed as a biblical oddity that belongs only to professional theologians, media-savvy preachers, and a few religious crackpots. The fact is that Revelation has come to be regarded by certain men and women in positions of power and influence as a source of inspiration, if not a divine handbook, for the conduct of war, diplomacy, and statecraft in the real world. When Ronald Reagan moved into a house whose street number was 666, he insisted on changing the address to a less satanic number, and he readily interpreted an otherwise unremarkable coup in Libya as the fulfillment of biblical prophecy:  “That’s a sign that the day of Armageddon isn’t far off,” he declared. “Everything’s falling into place. It can’t be long now.”"

"Indeed, as we shall shortly see, Revelation has served as a “language arsenal” in a great many of the social, cultural, and political conflicts in Western history.55 Again and again, Revelation has stirred some dangerous men and women to act out their own private apocalypses. Above all, the moral calculus of Revelation—the demonization of one’s enemies, the sanctification of revenge taking, and the notion that history must end in catastrophe—can be detected in some of the worst atrocities and excesses of every age, including our own.  For all of these reasons, the rest of us ignore the book of Revelation only at our impoverishment and, more to the point, at our own peril"

"Apocalypse” is derived from the Greek word that means “unveiling,” and “Revelation” is its Latin equivalent. Both words suggest the disclosure of something that has been kept secret. Both carry the sense that the secret being revealed is not merely arcane but also deeply mysterious and perhaps even dangerous—“spooky knowledge,” as pop philosopher Alan Watts laughingly puts it.1 And nothing else in the scriptures of Judaism or Christianity is quite so spooky as the book of Revelation.  Yet, as it turns out, Revelation is hardly unique among the writings in which men and women have set down their spiritual imaginings. Seers, shamans, and self-appointed prophets, in every age and all over the world, have claimed to hear voices and see visions, sometimes with divine assistance, sometimes by means of mystical incantations or magical potions, and sometimes using only their own powerful insight. The oracle at ancient Delphi, who may have begun to babble her words of prophecy after inhaling hallucinogenic vapors rising from a fissure beneath her hillside shrine, has something in common with the contemporary computer scientist who used a microprocessor to decipher what he dubbed the “Bible Code.”"

"Some of the strangest apocalyptic texts, in fact, were lost to both Christians and Jews until they were rediscovered and retrieved in the twentieth century. Apocalypses were found among the Dead Sea Scrolls at a site called Khirbet Qumran in the Judean desert, for example, and the buried archive of Gnostic texts at Nag Hammadi on the banks of the Nile River in Egypt. Many of the earliest apocalyptic writings came to be included in a collection of ancient texts known to scholars as Pseudepigrapha—that is, “false writings,” a term that refers to the fact that they are often ascribed to biblical figures who manifestly did not write them.  Strictly speaking, an apocalypse might reveal all kinds of “secret things,” including mysteries and marvels that have nothing to do with the end of the world. Typically, the author of an apocalypse will start by describing a visitation by God or an angel or some other heavenly creature. The visitor from on high might conduct the author on a “guided tour” of the heavens, or grant the author a vision of Jerusalem as it will appear in the far-distant future, or show the author some “cosmological wonder” like the “storehouse of winds” or the “cornerstone of the earth.”"

"But the key concern in most (if not all) apocalyptic writings is the “eschaton” or end-times—that is, how and when the world will end. And curiosity about the end-times is an outgrowth of one of the great theological innovations of Judaism. The pagan civilizations of antiquity, according to a certain conventional wisdom, saw the world as an endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth—“the eternal return of the same,” according to Friedrich Nietzsche’s memorable phrase.9 But the authors of the Hebrew Bible embraced the revolutionary new idea that the God of Israel is a deity who works his will through human history—and history, like any well-crafted story, has a beginning, a middle, and an end."

"In fact, the apocalyptic tradition dates back at least several centuries before Revelation was set down in writing, and—as it turns out—the idea was not confined to the Judeo-Christian world. Contrary to Nietzsche’s assertion, speculation about the fate of the world in the far-distant future can be found in the pagan writings of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. For example, the Sibylline Oracles—the enigmatic utterings of women who were believed to possess the divine gift of prophecy—were routinely consulted throughout the classical pagan world to predict the fate of both human beings and empires. The practice was so unsettling to Augustus, the first Roman emperor, that he ordered the confiscation and incineration of two thousand copies of the Sibylline Oracles—an example of how dangerous the pursuit of “future history” could be"

"Some scholars argue that the apocalyptic tradition can be linked to far older and even more exotic sources. Many of the end-of-the-world auguries that appear in the Bible—“the signs and tribulations of the end, the struggle of God and his Messiah against evil, [and] the figure of Satan and his demons”12—can be traced all the way back to the Zoroastrian writings of Persia, the earliest of which may be several hundred years older than any of the Jewish or Christian texts. For that reason, the birthplace of the apocalyptic idea, and much else that we find in the so-called Judeo-Christian tradition, may have been ancient Persia rather than the Holy Land."

"Stripped of its sugarcoating, the apocalyptic vision of America is a weapon in the culture war between fundamentalism and the modern world: “God is going to judge America for its violence, its crimes, its backslidings, its murdering of millions of babies, its flaunting of homosexuality and sadomasochism, its corruption, its drunkenness and drug abuse, its lukewarmness toward Christ, its rampant divorce and adultery, its lewd pornography, its child molestation, its cheatings, its robbings, its dirty movies, and its occult practices,” declared evangelist David Wilkerson in 1985. “America today is one great holocaust party, with millions drunk, high, shaking their fist at God, daring him to send the bombs.”24  All of the perceived ills of contemporary America were stitched together by some apocalyptic preachers into one vast web of conspiracy, with Satan planted invisibly but unmistakably at the center. At one time or another, the elements of the “cosmic conspiracy to install the Antichrist” have been said to include bankers, biofeedback, credit cards, computers, the Council on Foreign Relations, feminism, Freudian psychology, the human-potential movement, Indian gurus, “international Jews,” lesbianism, the Masons, Montessori schools, secular humanism, the Trilateral Commission, Universal Product Codes, and the United Nations—and the list is certainly not comprehensive.25 Even The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, long ago proven to be a work of crude anti-Semitic propaganda concocted by the secret police of imperial Russia, still surfaces now and then in apocalyptic circles."

"But, paradoxically, the conspiracy theories were actually a source of comfort—“an anchor…in a world of uncertainty and doubt” for men and women who were confused and disturbed by the cultural and political upheavals of postwar America.29 Where a secular observer sees a “subtext of conspiracy, paranoia, and social alienation” in apocalyptic preaching, the true believer sees a revelation that invests history with “drama and meaning,” according to Paul Boyer. Indeed, otherwise comfortable and complacent Americans whose only afflictions are boredom and ennui are attracted to the chills and thrills of Revelation, and they find meaning in an otherwise meaningless world by embracing the old apocalyptic idea that “history is following a clear trajectory determined by God and that it is headed toward an ultimate, glorious consummation.”"

"Like the “medieval best sellers” of an earlier age, Lindsey’s book repurposed and reinterpreted the text of Revelation and other apocalyptic passages of the Bible in terms that made sense to contemporary readers. And Lindsey was rewarded with best-seller status that far exceeded even the Scofield Reference Bible and, significantly, reached far beyond the customary readership of Christian fundamentalist texts and tracts. The Late Great Planet Earth sold more than 20 million copies, and Lindsey was hailed by the New York Times as “the best-selling author of the 1970s.”31 Bart Ehrman goes even further and declares that Lindsey is “probably the single most read author of religion in modern times.”32  Lindsey comes across in The Late Great Planet Earth as media savvy and thoroughly modern, but he is only the latest in a long line of apocalyptic preachers that reaches all the way back to the author of Revelation himself. He is a supercharged culture warrior, setting himself against all the bogeymen that he discerns in the counterculture and the so-called New Age—astrology, extrasensory perception, meditation, mysticism, spiritualism, witchcraft, hallucinogenic drugs, progressive politics, Christian ecumenicalism, and what he calls “oriental religions.”33 And, again like the author of Revelation, he condemns all ideas about religion except his own, and he suggests that diversity and toleration in matters of faith are, quite literally, the tools of Satan."

"What distinguishes Lindsey from doomsayers with more modest book sales is his undeniable genius for hot-wiring the book of Revelation to the geopolitical realities of the contemporary world. Here, too, Lindsey is following the example of earlier readers of Revelation; indeed, as we have seen, the author of Revelation himself apparently sees the Roman emperor Nero as the Antichrist, and successive generations have come up with their own suspects, ranging from Muhammad to Mussolini. And, like exegetes in every age, Lindsey offers his readers and hearers a way to make sense of the baffling and frightening world in which they find themselves. For Lindsey, it is a world haunted by the realpolitik of the Cold War and the constant threat of nuclear annihilation.  The Antichrist, according to Lindsey, will be a flesh-and-blood politician who rises to a position of leadership in what he calls “the revived Roman Empire”—that is, the Common Market, the community of nations that was the forerunner of today’s European Union.37 Magog, he insists, is the Soviet Union, and Gog is its head of state. The “kings of the east,” briefly mentioned in Revelation as combatants in the battle of Armageddon, are meant to identify the People’s Republic of China.38 And the final conflagration, described in Revelation in terms of stars falling from heaven and monstrous creatures rising from the abyss, is actually meant to be a global nuclear war—“an all-out attack of ballistic missiles upon the great metropolitan areas of the world.”"

"Then, too, Lindsey adopts a “language arsenal” of his own making in The Late Great Planet Earth, a vocabulary that is intended to capture the attention of jaded readers who would not otherwise pick up a book of Christian witness or Bible prophecy. Thus, for example, the Bible itself is “the Best Seller.” The Antichrist is called “the ‘Future Fuehrer,’” and the Great Whore of Babylon is “Scarlet O’Harlot.” Armageddon is “World War III.” Those 144,000 male virgins from the twelve tribes of Israel who are said to be “sealed” by Jesus Christ in the end-times are dubbed “Jewish Billy Grahams”—that is, “physical, literal Jews who are going to believe with a vengeance that Jesus is the Messiah.” (All other Jews, he suggests, will be dead and gone.) And Lindsey, after having condemned the use of hallucinogenic substances, proceeds to describe the experience of the Rapture as “The ultimate trip.”"

"Fatefully, Lindsey is unable to resist the same temptation that has resulted in the embarrassment of every previous doomsayer from Montanus to Father Miller—the cardinal sin of date setting. The countdown clock for doomsday, Lindsey argues, began with the establishment of the modern state of Israel, and he interprets various fragments of biblical text to confirm that the end will come within the lifetime of the generation that witnessed its rebirth in 1948. On the assumption that a generation is equivalent to forty years, Lindsey suggests in The Late Great Planet Earth, first published in 1970, that the Rapture will take place in 1981, followed by seven years of persecution under the Antichrist and then, in 1988, the battle of Armageddon and the second coming of Jesus Christ."

"As it turned out, Lindsey had achieved something new, significant, and enduring in spite of the manifest failure of his prophecies: he played a crucial role in leveraging the apocalyptic idea out of the fundamentalist churches and into the mainstream of American civilization. Among his 20 million readers, for example, was a man who would take the book of Revelation out of the tent meeting and into the White House. Revelation achieved its first penetration into American politics with the unlikely rise of Ronald Reagan, first as governor of California and later as president of the United States. Raised in a church with roots that reached all the way back to the era of the Second Great Awakening—and reportedly an early reader of The Late Great Planet Earth—Reagan was perhaps the first national figure outside of fundamentalist circles to openly and unapologetically affirm his belief in the imminent fulfillment of Bible prophecy.  “Apparently never in history have so many of the prophecies come true in such a relatively short time,” said Ronald Reagan, then serving as governor of California, in an interview that appeared in 1968 in Christian Life magazine.46 And he was even more forthcoming at a political dinner in Sacramento in 1971 when he commented on the significance of a recent coup in Libya: “That’s a sign that the day of Armageddon isn’t far off,” declared Reagan. “Everything’s falling into place. It can’t be long now.”"

"Reagan carried those Sunday-school lessons all the way to Washington. “We may be the generation that sees Armageddon,” he told televangelist Jim Bakker in 1980.50 “You know, I turn back to your ancient prophets in the Old Testament and the signs foretelling Armageddon, and I find myself wondering if we’re the generation that’s going to see that come about,” he told a Jewish lobbyist in 1983. “I don’t know if you’ve noted any of those prophecies lately, but believe me, they certainly described the times we’re going through.”51  Reagan surrounded himself in the White House with men who shared the same beliefs. “I have read the Book of Revelation,” affirmed Caspar Weinberger, his secretary of defense, “and yes, I believe the world is going to end—by an act of God, I hope—but every day I think that time is running out.” And James Watts, Reagan’s interior secretary, demurred to a question about his plans for protecting the environment for the benefit of future generations by invoking the Second Coming: “I do not know how many future generations we can count on before the Lord returns.”"

"The New York Times editorialized on the peril posed by the “Armageddonist” advisers in the inner circle of the Reagan administration. Self-styled “gonzo” journalist Hunter S. Thompson, noting that “the president is very keen on the Book of Revelation” and pointing out a few of the weirder sights that are described in the biblical text, observed that “a lot of acid freaks have been taken away in white jackets with extremely long sleeves for seeing things like that.”55 On a more sober note, a committee of one hundred clergy joined in imploring the president to “disavow the dogma that nuclear holocaust is foreordained in the Bible.”"

"Once injected into politics and statecraft by Ronald Reagan, the book of Revelation achieved a degree of stature and influence that it had not enjoyed since Joachim of Fiore and Hildegard of Bingen served as apocalyptic advisers to the popes and kings of the medieval world. The new respectability of the apocalyptic idea in American politics seems to coincide with its sudden popularity in American popular culture, where the imagery of Revelation began to appear in artifacts ranging from a punk-rock song by the Sex Pistols titled “I Am Antichrist” to a jingle in a Pizza Hut commercial: “Beware of 666! It’s the Anti-Pizza!”59 And surely it is no coincidence that the best-seller status of The Late Great Planet Earth in the early 1970s was quickly followed by the release of The Omen, an apocalyptic thriller about an American diplomat who discovers that he is the unwitting adoptive father of the Antichrist."

"Tellingly, The Omen does not actually concern itself with the end of the world. Rather, the moviemakers concoct a wholly spurious plot line that requires the hero, played by Gregory Peck, to kill the satanic child with seven daggers that have been excavated from the ruins of Megiddo, the supposed site of the Battle of Armageddon. “The book of Revelation predicted it all,” announces a doomsaying priest—but Revelation predicts no such thing.61 Indeed, The Omen “can be read as reflecting the baby boomers’ own ambivalence about parenting,” according to Stephen D. O’Leary, rather than anything that is actually to be found in Revelation."

"The pop-culture version of the apocalypse, however, fails to convey the soul-shaking hopes and terrors that have been inspired in the readers and hearers of Revelation since it was first composed twenty centuries ago. The end of the world according to Revelation has been depicted, literally and luridly, in a series of movies—including Image of the Beast, Early Warning, The Final Hour, and The Road to Armageddon—that were produced by Christian fundamentalists and screened only in church basements and classrooms. But whenever a secular moviemaker sets out to deal with Revelation in a straightforward way, the absence of true belief always gets in the way.  For example, Michael Tolkin’s independent feature film The Rapture is torn between a fascination with the iconography of Revelation and a horror of religious fundamentalism. To be sure, The Rapture comes much closer to what is actually depicted in Christian scripture than any of the major studio releases in the Omen series. The hero and heroine—an agnostic cop and a jaded telephone operator who favored group sex with strangers before she was born again—end up being chased down a desert highway in California by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and then rising into the heavens on the day of the Rapture. (The director used a smoke machine and a camera dolly on a darkened soundstage to create the crude effect.) But Tolkin also depicts the heroine, played by Mimi Rogers, as a religious fanatic who murders her own young daughter with a gunshot to the head in order to hasten the weeping child into heaven. As a result, the movie is a theological muddle that seems to suggest that even nonbelievers and child killers will be “raptured” on the last day. No true believer would have committed such a grave doctrinal error."

"“[T]he latest surge in prophetic interest began in the early 1970s, at the same time that Americans began showing interest in the occult, parapsychology, ouija boards, Eastern religions, and UFOs,” observes Timothy Weber. “They may simply be an example of Americans’ insatiable appetite for the unusual, spectacular and exotic.”64 And another scholarly observer wonders if the phenomenon is “just another merchandising ploy, a cult of ‘chic bleak’ herding us into bookstores and cinemas and revival meetings to buy the latest wares of the latest self-selected messiah.”65  The Omen may have been Revelation Lite, but that’s about as much as America was ready to embrace in the 1970s. Even The Late Great Planet Earth was a sugarcoated and caffeine-charged version of the hellfireand-damnation sermons that were still confined to the church halls and Christian broadcasting. As the end of the second millennium approached, however, the book of Revelation would come to be used yet again as a weapon in the culture war that was being fought by Christian fundamentalists for the heart and soul of America. No American president after Ronald Reagan has been quite so outspoken about his personal belief that the end of the world is nigh. At the same time, however, every American president since Reagan has declared himself to be a “born-again” Christian. George Herbert Walker Bush, for example, may have been affiliated with the United Nations, the Trilateral Commission, and the Council on Foreign Affairs at various points in his long career—all of them condemned as tools of Satan by apocalyptic conspiracy theorists on the far right wing of Christian fundamentalism—but he proudly proclaimed himself to be a born-again Christian, too: “I’m a clear-cut affirmative to that."

"With 46 percent of all Americans declaring themselves to be evangelical or born-again Christians, according to a 2002 Gallup poll, the so-called Christian Right came to play a crucial role in the political strategy that ultimately achieved a Republican majority in Congress and a Republican president in the White House.67 By 1984, for example, the Republican party deemed it appropriate to invite televangelist James Robison to give the invocation at the convention where Reagan was renominated—and Robison deemed it appropriate to deliver a white-hot apocalyptic sermon to the enthusiastic delegates: “Any teaching of peace prior to [Christ’s] return is heresy,” said Robison. “It’s against the word of God. It’s Antichrist.”68  A certain high-water mark of political activism by Christian fundamentalists in America came in 1988, when Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, declared himself to be a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. He was already on record as predicting that the end was near—“I guarantee you by the fall of 1982 there is going to be a judgment on the world,” he wrote in 198069—but now he found it appropriate to tone down the apocalyptic rhetoric: “There is no way I feel I’m going to help the Lord bring the world to an end,” he told the Wall Street Journal in 1985, perhaps already thinking of his own presidential ambitions."

"God didn’t send me to clean the fishbowl,” is how Hal Lindsey put it. “He sent me to fish.”71  The woes of the world, in fact, are nothing but good news in the eyes of apocalyptic true believers who look forward to a new heaven and a new earth. “We are not to weep as the people of the world weep when there are certain tragedies or breakups of the government or systems of the world,” explained Pat Robertson in an unguarded moment. “We are not to wring our hands and say, ‘Isn’t that awful.’ That isn’t awful at all. It’s good. That is a token, an evident token of our salvation, of where God is going to take us.”72  Other Christian fundamentalists, however, are inspired to “give the Devil ‘all the trouble [they] can till Jesus comes,’” a calling that prompts them to crusade for creationism, school prayer, and family values and against abortion, gay marriage, and pornography, among various other causes.73 Pat Robertson, for example, condemns feminism as “a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians.” And when Disney World hosted a privately sponsored weekend gathering called “Gay Days,” he insisted that the toleration of homosexuality in America will result in hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, and “possibly a meteor,” citing chapter and verse from Revelation to support his prediction"

"Some fundamentalist preachers endorse both faith and works. “[E]very person who is a follower of Christ is responsible to do something for the hungry and sick in the world,” writes Billy Graham in Approaching Hoofbeats: Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. “We must do what we can, even though we know that God’s ultimate plan is the making of a new earth and a new heaven.” Yet Graham also insists that all of the afflictions of the modern world that might be remedied through good works, ranging from AIDS to global warming, are sure signs that the end is near. “The Bible teaches that peoples and nations have brought this pain upon themselves by humanistic religion and man-made war,” he insists. "

"Just as an earlier generation of Christian Zionists had thrilled at the Balfour Declaration and the liberation of Jerusalem by the British army in 1918, their latter-day counterparts celebrated Israel’s lightning victory in the Six Day War of 1967 and, above all, the liberation of the Old City of Jerusalem. Here stands the Temple Mount, the site of the original Temple of Yahweh as described in the Bible and the place where, according to the beliefs of both Jewish and Christian fundamentalists, the Third Temple will be built in the end-times. Significantly, the Temple Mount now passed under Jewish sovereignty for the first time since the Second Temple was destroyed by a Roman army in 70 C.E."

"As it turned out, of course, the tour members were compelled to make use of their return tickets, but the failure of the Rapture to arrive on time did nothing to cool the ardor of Christian Zionists. The so-called Jerusalem Temple Foundation, headquartered in Los Angeles and addressing its fund-raising appeals to Christian fundamentalists across America, raised a reported $10 million to fund the construction of the Third Temple in Jerusalem. Christian fundamentalists on tour in Israel delight in the spectacle of Jewish fundamentalists who gather to slaughter goats in preparation for the resumption of animal sacrifice in the rebuilt Temple, and they take home souvenirs in the form of the half-shekel coins, freshly minted in pure silver, that one Jewish entrepreneur is coining to fill the treasury of the Third Temple when it is finally built."

"Christian Zionists, in fact, tend to regard the prospect of peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors as an obstacle to the second coming of Jesus Christ and, therefore, the work of the Devil. Peaceful coexistence between Arabs and Jews, as they see it, would only hold back the hands on “Israel’s prophecy clock” by postponing the fateful day when Israel is restored to its most expansive biblical boundaries and the Jewish people return en masse to their homeland.  “In spite of the rosy and utterly unrealistic expectations by our government, this treaty will not be a lasting treaty,” said Jerry Falwell in condemning the Camp David accords between Israel and Egypt in 1979. “You and I know that there’s not going to be any real peace in the Middle East until the Lord Jesus sits down upon the throne of David in Jerusalem.”"

"Some gestures of support for Israel by Christian Zionists, of course, are purely whimsical when they are not downright weird. When Israel asserted sovereignty over all of Jerusalem after the liberation of the Old City in 1967, for example, most nations of the world declined to move their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The diplomatic rebuke inspired a Dutch minister named Jan Willem van der Hoeven to establish the so-called International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem. The “embassy” is nothing more than a public-relations gimmick, but several prime ministers of Israel, ranging from the rightist Benjamin Netanyahu to the leftist Yitzhak Rabin, found it appropriate to address its annual gatherings."

"Benjamin Netanyahu once affirmed Israel’s solidarity with Christian fundamentalism—and answered those who regard Christian and Jewish Zionists as strange bedfellows—in elevated and even rhapsodic terms while addressing an annual event called the National Prayer Breakfast for Israel. “A sense of history, a sense of poetry, and a sense of morality imbued the Christian Zionists who more than a century ago began to write, and plan, and organize for Israel’s restoration,” said Netanyahu, then serving as Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations. “So those who are puzzled by what they consider the new-found friendship between Israel and its Christian supporters reveal an ignorance of both. But we know better.”91  What’s puzzling goes far beyond the superficial irony of Christians befriending Jews even though they believe that their Jewish friends have already damned themselves to hell by refusing to embrace Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah. That’s the same grievance, of course, that prompts the author of Revelation to refer to his Jewish acquaintances as “the synagogue of Satan.” But the end-time scenario that motivates Christian Zionists to support Israel in the political arena also instructs them that the Jewish state will ultimately ally itself with the Antichrist—but only until the Antichrist goes to war against his allies and “slaughter[s] two-thirds of all Jews in a Holocaust worse than anything unleashed by Hitler.”92 Only the remnant of Jews who convert to Christian ity in the last days will be spared, they believe, and the rest will burn forever in the lake of fire along with Satan himself."

"Only rarely do Christian Zionists speak out loud about the role that they envision for the Jewish people in the end-times. Jerry Falwell, for example, once made the tactical mistake of observing in public that “many evangelicals believe the Antichrist will, by necessity, be a Jewish male.”93He deemed it necessary to issue a public apology two weeks later at a prayer breakfast in support of Israel. But Falwell pointedly refused to disavow his remark and expressed regret only for the fact that it reached the public record. “I apologize not for what I believe,” said an unrepentant Falwell, “but for my lack of tact and judgment in making a statement that serves no purpose whatsoever.”"

"Still, at least some Jewish observers are willing to comment on the strange bedfellowship of fundamentalist Christians and Jews. “This is a grim comedy of mutual condescension,” Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of the New Republic, told the New York Times. “The evangelical Christians condescend to the Jews by offering their support before they convert or kill them. And the conservative Jews condescend to Christians by accepting their support while believing that their eschatology is nonsense. This is a fine example of the political exploitation of religion.”96  Apocalyptic activism, in fact, has reached the highest levels of American politics and policy-making. When the Senate debated whether Israel ought to withdraw the Jewish settlements on the West Bank, for example, Senator James Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma, relied on the Bible to justify the continued occupation of Hebron: “It is at this place where God appeared to Abram and said, ‘I am giving you this land,’” he declared on the floor of the Senate, quoting the book of Genesis. “This is not a political battle at all. It is a contest over whether or not the word of God is true.”"

"David Koresh might well have lived out his life in obscurity as a self-appointed “prophet” if he had not also embarked on a fateful plan to arm the Davidians with automatic weapons. He had already amassed an arsenal, and now he began to purchase the kits that would enable him to convert a cache of semiautomatic rifles into weapons with a far greater rate of fire. That’s why agents of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms began to take an active interest in what was happening inside the compound at Mount Carmel. On February 23, 1993, federal agents launched an abortive raid, the beginning of a siege that lasted fifty-one days and ended only with a final conflagration that burned Mount Carmel to the ground and cost the lives of more than eighty Branch Davidians, including Koresh himself.  At one point during the siege, the FBI was given some curious but insightful advice by a pair of professors of religion who insisted that a close reading of Revelation held the key to ending the standoff with the heavily armed Davidians. Koresh was apparently convinced that the Davidians were the ones destined to be “slain for the word of God” when, according to Revelation, the fifth seal is broken. But the two scholars sought to persuade Koresh, by means of a radio broadcast, that he should read and heed the very next line in the book of Revelation: “And it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season.”110 If Koresh could be convinced that “God intended the ‘little’ season to last until after the end of the siege, giving him time to stand trial and then resume a worldwide ministry,” explains Damian Thompson, “then the standoff would end peacefully.”"

"The role of Revelation in the siege of Mount Carmel was mostly overlooked at the time it was taking place, and entirely forgotten thereafter. The whole sorry affair has been written off as an unfortunate encounter between overeager law-enforcement agents and overzealous religious cranks, all of whom were spoiling for a shoot-out. But the tragedy would never have taken place—and the Branch Davidians would not have come into existence at all—but for the strange power of the apocalyptic idea. The book of Revelation carries some “dangerous baggage,” as we have seen already and will see again, and even the brightest and shiniest dreams of a new heaven and a new earth have a dark side."

"Thus began a sensationally successful media enterprise that demonstrates the power of the apocalyptic idea in its purest and simplest form. The Left Behind series, a protracted account of the Tribulation and the antics of the Antichrist, spawned not merely a string of novels but a multimedia empire, including books, comics, newsletters, audios, videos, and a Web site called “The Left Behind Prophecy Club.” Significantly, the publisher spun off a separate series especially for young readers, titled Left Behind: The Kids, which now consists of an additional forty titles. While Hal Lindsey was hailed as the best-selling author of the 1970s for selling 20 million copies of The Late Great Planet Earth, the Left Behind series has reportedly sold more than 50 million copies since the first title was published in 1995. And the end—surely to the disappointment of its authors—is nowhere in sight."

"Aside from the Left Behind series, LaHaye’s fifty books include tracts that condemn the United Nations, gay sexuality, “secular humanism,” and various other bogeymen of Christian fundamentalism. “He’s basically provided an agenda for conservatives on a range of issues from abortion and pornography to creationism, prayer in schools, and public education as a hotbed of secularism and liberalism,” according to Paul Boyer.117 And LaHaye himself readily acknowledges that the Left Behind series is a yet another weapon in the struggle for the hearts and minds of his fellow Americans.  “We are in a cultural war in this country, and there are two worldviews—one built on the writings of man and one on the writing of God,” LaHaye explained to one interviewer. “Those two views of what is going to help America and the world are 180 degrees in opposition.”118  That’s exactly why the books in the Left Behind series embrace the same dualistic theology—and the same revenge-seeking rhetoric—that burn so hotly in the book of Revelation. All of the complexities of the modern world are swept away and replaced by the simple conflict between God and Satan—another borrowing from the book of Revelation"

"They promote conspiracy theories; they demonize proponents of arms control, ecumenicalism, abortion rights and everyone else disliked by the Christian right,” complains Gershom Gorenberg in a review of the Left Behind series that appeared in the American Prospect.119 “Their anti-Jewishness is exceeded only by their anti-Catholicism. Most basically, they reject the very idea of open, democratic debate. In the world of Left Behind, there exists a single truth, based on a purportedly literal reading of Scripture; anyone who disagrees with that truth is deceived or evil."

"By the time George W. Bush put himself in pursuit of the presidency, in fact, the bonding of politics and religion in America was nearly complete. Converted to born-again Christian ity by Billy Graham after a drunken weekend at the Bush family compound in 1985, he had come to rely on the fundamentalist voting bloc as his core constituency. When asked during a debate among Republican presidential candidates in 1999 to cite his favorite political philosopher, for example, he answered “Christ,” and went on to explain: “When you turn your heart and your life over to Christ, when you accept Christ as the Savior, it changes your heart and changes your life.”121 And, once he reached the White House in 2001, Bush promptly launched a “faith-based initiative” that funded the social-welfare programs of various religious organizations."

"Bush is not given to making apocalyptic pronouncements of the kind that fell so readily from the lips of Ronald Reagan. He prefers the phrase “cultural change” to “culture war.”123 Bush, however, is plainspoken about what he sees as the targets of “culture change,” including abortion, gay marriage, embryonic stem-cell research, and the constitutional ban on prayer in public schools. In fact, he adopts a strikingly warlike tone in describing his self-appointed mission: “So the faith-based initiative recognizes that there is an army of compassion that needs to be nurtured, rallied, called forth, and funded,” he explained during an interview with representatives of various religious publications, “without causing the army to have to lose the reason it’s an army in the first place."

"The fact that Bush is not a Bible thumper is itself a cause for concern among observers on both sides of the culture war precisely because they suspect that he is only concealing his true beliefs. “The nation’s executive mansion is currently honeycombed with prayer groups and Bible study cells, like a white monastery,” wrote historian and biographer Garry Wills in the New York Times. “A sly dig there is ‘Missed you at Bible study.’”125Bush, as far as we know, does not display the placard that could be seen in the office of former Republican congressman Tom DeLay—“This Could Be the Day!”126—but the unspoken suspicion among some of Bush’s critics is that he may secretly share the same urgent expectation."

"Millennarian movements cannot help but fall into conspiracy thinking, for they rigorously divide the world into the good and evil, the saved and the damned,” explains political scientist Michael Barkun. “Evil constitutes an ever-present threat. Only the final consummation of history will remove it.”128But the question of whether one is good or evil, saved or damned, is wholly in the eye of the beholder, as both of the Bushes have discovered. Today, some twenty centuries after the book of Revelation first appeared in our tormented world, the words of Jerome are even more appropriate than when he first uttered them in the fourth century: “Revelation has as many mysteries as it has words.”129 To which we might add: and as many dangers, too."

"“[T]here is no other document in either the Old or New Testament so inhuman, so spiritually irresponsible,” writes Jewish biblical scholar and translator Robert Alter, a discerning critic who has extracted new and illuminating insights from the ancient text. “There is no room for real people in apocalypses, for when a writer chooses to see men as huddled masses waiting to be thrown into sulphurous pits, he hardly needs to look at individual faces….”135 And the very phrase that Alter chooses to describe what he sees in the book of Revelation—“huddled masses waiting to be thrown into pits”—is surely meant to remind us of Babi Yar and the other killing fields of the Holocaust. The linkage between Revelation and the Holocaust, in fact, has been noticed by more than one modern reader. The apocalyptic idea, stripped of its biblical trappings and expressed in a wholly new vocabulary, was embraced by both fascists and Marxists in the mid–twentieth century. Hitler and Stalin, for example, were both true believers who convinced themselves that they were ordained to create a paradise on earth by ruthlessly destroying the old order and building a new one in its place. And so, as unsettling as it may be to pious Jews and Christians, some revisionists draw a line that runs from the very first apocalyptic true believers in the Judeo-Christian tradition—the readers and hearers of Daniel and Revelation—to the mass murderers who targeted the Jewish people during the Holocaust."

"The apocalyptic idea, in fact, has been blamed for both of the horrors that have come to symbolize the human potential for catastrophic violence in the modern world—the murder of 6 million Jewish men, women, and children during the Holocaust, and the deaths of several hundred thousand Japanese men, women, and children when one atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki in what turned out to be the last days of World War II. The victims were wholly innocent of any wrongdoing. Yet once we come to regard any adversary as a satanic beast rather than a fellow human being—as Revelation plainly teaches us to do—then killing can be seen as a justifiable and even a sanctified act of vengeance. The apocalyptic idea and its dangerous baggage are not confined to the Judeo-Christian tradition. “The Hour is coming,” goes one verse of the Koran, which describes a stalking beast and various “cosmic cataclysms”—“the rolling up of the sun, the darkening of the stars and the movement of the mountains, the splitting of the sky, and the inundation of the seas”—as signs of the day of resurrection “when the tombs are overthrown.” The Koranic version of the end-times, according to Saïd Amir Arjomand, a scholar specializing in the history and sociology of Islam, may have been specifically inspired by the vision of the sixth seal in the book of Revelation"

"Here, then, is yet another example of the dark side of the apocalyptic idea—the fear and loathing of the “other,” and the insistence that the “other” must convert or die. The fact that the bloodthirsty tale was told by Osama bin Laden is chilling, of course, but the same idea can be teased out of both Jewish and Christian apocalyptic tradition. Indeed, Jerry Falwell was embracing the same hateful notion when he wondered out loud whether God had permitted the terrorists to carry out their attacks on 9/11 in order to punish America for its unforgivably easygoing attitude toward pagans, abortionists, feminists, gays, lesbians, the ACLU and the People for the American Way."

"The book of Revelation, as we have seen, insists that humankind has always been confronted with a simple choice—good or evil, the Lamb or the Beast, God or Satan, and the wrong choice is punishable not merely by death but by eternal damnation. Like other expressions of religious true belief, which looks on the remarkable diversity of human faith and practice and declares all but one as error, sin, and crime, the apocalyptic idea may be hardwired into the human imagination. But the long, strange, and ultimately tragic history of the book of Revelation—the history of a delusion—proves that it is always a cruel idea and sometimes a deadly one."

"it is simply impossible to make any meaningful distinction between apocalyptic vision, psychological dysfunction, and mass murder. The Japanese cult called Aum Shinrikyo, for example, embraces a strange blend of Buddhist, Hindu, and Taoist beliefs along with “predictions from the book of Revelation and a dose of anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.”147 The founder, Shoko Asahara, reportedly taught his followers that Armageddon was fast approaching, and ordered them to assemble their own arsenal of chemical and biological weapons. In 1995, they put their weaponry to a practical test by setting off canisters of sarin nerve gas in the subways of Tokyo, thus taking the lives of twelve victims and injuring thousands more."

"Scientific doomsaying changes nothing at all for apocalyptic true believers. The end of the world, whether caused by accident, error, disaster, or the slow but sure process of solar combustion, is still seen as the fulfillment of the divine prophecies that are described in Revelation. If God is capable of creating the earth, the argument goes, then God is also capable of destroying it, whether by means of nuclear weaponry, infectious disease, global warming, or the exhaustion of the solar fuel that allows the sun to shine. That’s exactly why the Christian scriptures begin with Genesis and end with Revelation, and that’s what the Lamb of God means when he is quoted as saying “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the ending.”"

"Some Bible readers, of course, are instructed by the book of Revelation to read these words as a death sentence pronounced by God himself against men and women who make the wrong choice. Others read the same words as a challenge to “do justice, and to love goodness, and to walk modestly with your God,” according to Micah, and they ignore the apocalyptic preachers in favor of the biblical prophets who, like Isaiah, urge us “to share your bread with the hungry, and to take the wretched poor into your home.”153 The fact that both teachings—and many others, too—can be extracted from between the covers of the same book is what has always made Bible reading such a crazy-making experience."

A History of the End of the World: How the Most Controversial Book in the Bible Changed the Course of Western Civilization
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Top 10 Facts - Henry Ford // Top Facts
These and other interesting Top Facts you can know in this channel.
1. The Ford Motor Company made Henry Ford one of the richest and well-known people of his time.

2. He is considered to be the inventor of mass production. He made use of this concept in his motor company, which drastically brought down the cost of automobile ownership in America at the time.

3. Ford was gifted a pocket watch by his father during his early teens. During that time, he dismantled and reassembled the watch, as well as the watches of several of his friends and relatives. Through these efforts, he gained quite a reputation as a watch repairman.

4. In 1891, Ford joined Edison Illuminating Company and got promoted as a Chief Engineer in 1893. At this time, he had enough money and time to pursue his curiosity and talent, and started working on gasoline engines.

5. He was inspired by Edison to build cars. In 1896, Ford had a meeting with Thomas Edison, where Edison approved of his automobile experimentation.

6. Ford also founded the Ford Airline Company during World War I due to his interest in the aviation industry. However, lackluster sales prevented the company from becoming successful.

7. Henry ford did not just build cars. He performed various jobs before eventually pioneering the automobile industry. He was a farmer, a watch repairman and a race car driver.

8. Ford is the only American mentioned favorably in Adolf Hitler’s semi-autobiographical ‘Mein Kampf.’ In 1931, Adolf Hitler also called Ford an “inspiration,” publicly.

9. Interestingly, Ford was never officially an executive of his own company. He had de facto control of the business, and no one in the company dared to go against him.

10. The Ford Model T was named the most influential car of the 20th century, and with 16.5 million sold, it still makes the top-ten list of most-sold cars of all time (ranked eighth) as of 2012. These cars were produced between 1908 and 1927.
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Top 10 Facts - Henry Ford // Top Facts These and other interesting Top Facts you can know in this channel. 1. The Ford Motor Company made Henry Ford one of the richest and well-known people of his time. 2. He is considered to be the inventor of mass production. He made use of this concept in his motor company, which drastically brought down the cost of automobile ownership in America at the time. 3. Ford was gifted a pocket watch by his father during his early teens. During that time, he dismantled and reassembled the watch, as well as the watches of several of his friends and relatives. Through these efforts, he gained quite a reputation as a watch repairman. 4. In 1891, Ford joined Edison Illuminating Company and got promoted as a Chief Engineer in 1893. At this time, he had enough money and time to pursue his curiosity and talent, and started working on gasoline engines. 5. He was inspired by Edison to build cars. In 1896, Ford had a meeting with Thomas Edison, where Edison ...
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All of you who say you’d kill Hitler if you could travel back in time. Now is your chance.
Olle Svensk Strand
All of you who say you’d kill Hitler if you could travel back in time. Now is your chance.
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Heil Hitler Kameraden!
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I was out at the grocery store looking for organic cheese, and this caught my attention. I said to myself, "this may as well be Hitler! " ...... may as well be!.... that's who he is to the Naive Americans.
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https://plus.google.com/103881730142233500242 USNationalistNews : Hitler taught a class based socialism (2:28) Hitler speaks to individualism and classism > rich and ...
Hitler taught a class based socialism (2:28) Hitler speaks to individualism and classism > rich and poor < class collaboration.
Higher focus on charity and morals.
Watch the video: Hitler Speeches with accurate English subtitles
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Sam,
Keep trying to call me. Call Derrick and ask for my number. Don't worry if anyone confuses you or if you think it's me and I sound mean--that's the domestic terrorists stalking us.

CA has very, very bad people who will be held accountable. NYS gov't as CA gov't and the Fed'l govt are to blame for all of this.

Again, you and I are not from Hitler. Al, Susan, Erik, Leo, Helen and her kids, Max (in New England, Otto's son) are. We are not.

I want to personally kill Jorge and Judy for all their crazy torture and terrorism, they are with SAIC, Jorge has an ESB in him (brain)....

We have to stay alive, find each other and leave together.. if we die, all Westerners could die... so you hang on.

You are important, these terrorist freaks are not. There are still many good people out there who are terrified and are being tortured, we are not alone...

I love you always,
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"Hitler was a tribal man who gave them a tribal identity, which they're now ashamed to recover or repeat."
Watch the video: Marshall McLuhan 1967 Tribal Retrieval in the Electronic Age - Fordham University Taps #2
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An “egomaniac” who “rose to power through demagoguery, showmanship and nativist appeals to the masses.” A man whose “manic speeches and penchant for taking all-or-nothing risks raised questions about his capacity for self-control.” A nation where millions…
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https://plus.google.com/112598611446207580927 whitefordf15004 : By Catherine J. Frompovich The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention literally has overstepped...
By Catherine J. Frompovich
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention literally has overstepped its authority in proposing to grant itself powers that obviously negate any rights U.S. citizens thought they had by issuing the Proposed Rule “Control of Communicable Diseases” on August 15, 2016 wherein CDC will self-invest itself with the power to apprehend healthy people en masse and detain them indefinitely with NO process of appeal!
That mammoth proposed rule is published in the Federal Register [Federal Register Number: 2016-18103] online at this website. Before you read it, I suggest taking a very stiff shot of vodka or scotch, because you won’t believe what you read that is being proposed for what is supposed to be a non-communist country and its people, the USA!
But, the CDC wants to hear your comments about the proposed rule, as if it really cares. Citizens should file your comments at this website before October 14, 2016! Officially, it’s Comment No. CDC-2016-0068-0001.
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This proposed CDC rule, in my opinion, is an “end run” or a “Hail Mary pass” around what’s become a nightmare situation in the USA regarding Big Pharma’s ‘sacred cows’—vaccines and vaccinations—which many more healthcare consumers are waking up to being what they actually are: neurotoxic injections damaging children, adults and pets!
In essence, the CDC is creating a police healthcare state, something that was tried in the 1980s when Representative Claude Pepper introduced three infamous bills that got me involved in organizing the country to defeat them, which we did, only now to be facing another round of excessive medical and federal agency over-reach, in my opinion.
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What the CDC proposes defies the U.S. Constitution and states Constitutional rights with absolutely NO appeal process. Where is the U.S. Congress, who has oversight of the CDC? However, what should we expect from a do-nothing Congress? Why doesn’t Congress investigate the CDC whistleblower William Thompson, PhD epidemiologist, confession of fraud, deceit and collusion he participated in? Good question?
If this oppressive totalitarian-like proposed rule giving CDC police powers becomes law, kiss your kids goodbye; kiss what you thought you had in life goodbye—your body, which will not belong to you any longer but to the USA via CDC ‘edict’; and expect to be interred in U.S. FEMA camps—something the shadow government and others apparently have been planning for some time.
Just the other day I got notice of FEMA putting out a purchase order request for five million bottles of liter and half-liter size bottle water! What are they ‘expecting’?
What have all the United Nations vehicles moving around the USA been about? [1] How about all the UN ‘mercenary-like’ troops ‘holed up’ in the USA [2]! Are the U.S. military or national guard not sufficient, or won’t they do to American citizens what the controllers want them to do to us? Has the USA relinquished its sovereignty to the United Nations without our knowledge?
Folks, wake up; it’s later than you think!
This proposed rule by the CDC is the ‘icing on the cake’ they apparently have planned, in my opinion, from all the ‘political correctness’ memes they have generated along with all the false flag ‘pandemics’ that really never panned out EXCEPT the apparent current one – Zika, which may become ‘successful’ because of the fearmongering built into it, including poison aerial sprays.
Now, in my opinion and from what I’ve researched, they’ve been able to genetically monkey around with both mosquitoes and a virus to make the ‘perfect storm’ health crisis and the need for a medical police state—all created on purpose, since many of the communicable diseases they are so damn scared of have been around for ages [and the human race survived them], plus I contracted most of them as a child—as did others—and we lived through them. More importantly, our immune systems gained lifelong immunities. That’s how the immune system is ‘exercised’ into becoming a well-functioning biological process, especially when healthful, natural nutrition – not GMO ‘phood’ – is provided.
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Here are some quotes from the CDC proposed rule:
“When an apprehension occurs, the individual is not free to leave or discontinue his/her discussion with an HHS/CDC public health or quarantine officer.”
“…the proposed practice to issue Federal orders before a medical examination has taken place.”
“CDC defines precommunicable stage to mean the stage beginning upon an individual’s earliest opportunity for exposure to an infectious agent.”
And this apparent totalitarian ‘gem’ of an agency’s self-proclaimed ‘rite’:
“…(holding that a passenger consents to an airport security search by presenting himself/herself for boarding and that such consent may not be revoked by simply walking away). Thus, in order to protect interstate travel from communicable disease threats, HHS/CDC intends for this section to apply broadly to all circumstances where individuals may queue with other travelers.”
[How about your being nabbed at a local Starbucks, McDonald’s, baseball-basketball-football game, or supermarket? Folks, it’s getting to be more than Orwell ever could have imagined! What are you going to do?]
And here’s what this, in my opinion, is all about: Forced Vaccinations! They have to be forcing these vaccines for some other reason than ‘immunity’ since the toxins in vaccines damage the immune system!
“CDC may enter into an agreement with an individual, upon such terms as the CDC considers to be reasonably necessary, indicating that the individual consents to any of the public health measures authorized under this part, including quarantine, isolation, conditional release, medical examination, hospitalization, vaccination, and treatment: provided that the individual’s consent shall not be considered as a prerequisite to any exercise of any authority under this part.” [CJF emphasis added]
There you have it, folks! Their ‘wet dream’ come true: Taking away informed consent, one of the valid legal bugaboos regarding their illegal and unconstitutional enforcement of vaccinations to attend school or work!
They, for all intents and purposes, are trashing the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights!
And finally, for now, as this is really too much to absorb or take in, especially if you think you are a free citizen of the USA:
“…individuals who violate the terms of the agreement or the terms of the Federal order for quarantine, isolation, or conditional release (even if no agreement is in place between the individual and the government), he or she may be subject to criminal penalties.”
If you value your health, your life, your supposed freedom and that of your children, family and friends, don’t you think you ought to write your comments about the proposed CDC’s “Hitler-Stalin-Mao-like” authoritarian rule making “Rules for the Control of Communicable Diseases”? Read it first; don’t take my words for granted, please.
Furthermore, more than anything, I’d like to know the names of the brains behind this totalitarian proposed rule. I’d like to know which corporate interests had input and what they said. I think if we are to have a transparent discussion about this proposed CDC rule, then citizens should know some of those details. What do you think?
God BLESS America! Is it too late yet? Please get off your duffs and do something!
Citizens should file your comments at this website before October 14, 2016! Officially, it’s Comment No. CDC-2016-0068-0001.
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/08/15/2016-18103/control-of-communicable-diseases#open-comment
References:
[1] https://www.google.com/search?q=united+nations+vehicles+in+america+2016&biw=991&bih=574&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjD2o-P__DOAhWFGR4KHRa8DWgQsAQIIQhttps://www.google.com/search?q=united+nations+vehicles+in+america+2016&biw=991&bih=574&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjD2o-P__DOAhWFGR4KHRa8DWgQsAQIIQ
[2] http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2016/06/28/why-are-un-troops-on-american-soil/
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Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.
Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on Amazon.com.
Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on Amazon.com and as a Kindle eBook.
Two of Catherine’s more recent books on Amazon.com are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)
Catherine’s NEW book: Eat To Beat Disease, Foods Medicinal Qualities ©2016 Catherine J Frompovich is now available
http://www.activistpost.com/2016/09/alert-u-s-cdc-giving-unconstitutional-powers-round-detain-citizens-en-masse-anytime-anywhere-throw-away-key.html
ALERT: U.S. CDC Giving Itself Unconstitutional POWERS to Round Up and Detain Citizens En Masse Anytime, Anywhere And Throw Away the Key
If you value your health, your life, your supposed freedom and that of your children, family and friends, please take action against this CDC proposal.
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Hitler? He's a 'little chap' like Charlie Chaplin: the diary of Girl Guide who met the Nazi dictator has emerged for sale.
Hitler? He's a 'little chap' like Charlie Chaplin: diary of Girl Guide who met Nazi dictator
A diary in which a British Girl Guide described Adolf Hitler as a Charlie Chaplin lookalike when she met him during a trip to Germany in 1936 has emerged for sale.
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https://plus.google.com/107826433877748635880 Ashutosh Katwate : What happened to reason??? So a distinction between 'modern' & 'premodern' is safely accepted in, atleast...
What happened to reason???
So a distinction between 'modern' & 'premodern' is safely accepted in, atleast the western world. That Enlightenment in Europe created a modern man based on reason who was scientific in his attitude, discarded superstitions, etc....implying 'progress' from the earlier past. But this same modern man destroyed Europe in 2 world wars; even after Hiroshima today we possess enough weapons to destroy the earth. Not only the abuse of science, but in general it puts a question mark on the idea of 'progress'? Westerners criticise (rightly so) that Asian, African world has some barbaric traditions, unscientific attitude.... But one is tempted to ask the west- If you are so rational, scientific in your thought....how did Vietnam, Iraq, cold war, huge nuclear arms race happen?
P.S. Hitler was elected by Germans legitimately for example, so it's no good just blaming the elite (or govt) people's consent is equally there...
So is it failure of "reason" or has reason never been achieved really? 
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