COLUMN 115, MARCH 1, 2005
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EVANGELS BELIEVE IN LOONY FAIRY TALES THAT THREATEN &
ENDANGER ALL OF US
An email from Peter Coyote reminds us that Muslim fundamentalists aren't the only ones who believe in idiotic fairy tales. Peter has sent us a piece by Bill Moyers pointing out that Christian fundamentalists have loony ideas that are equally as dangerous to the world. Whereas Islamists believe martyrdom will get them laid in paradise, Christian fundamentalists believe the end of days is so close that they're rushing toward them with open arms. They've even helped install a government in Washington to hurry us to Armageddon. When the world is destroyed and everyone is dead, Christ will come and raise his true believers. A Fairy tale not much different from that of the Muslim maniacs.
of the biggest changes in politics in my lifetime is that the delusional
Moyers goes on to write:
asserts propositions that cannot be proven true; ideologues hold
James Watt, President Ronald Reagan's first secretary of the
elites snickered. The press corps didn't know what he was talking
right---the rapture index. Google it and you will find that the
outline is rather simple, if bizarre (the British writer George Monbiot
the Jews who have not been converted are burned, the messiah will return
not making this up. Like Monbiot, I've read the literature. I've
is a good thing
when the whole thing will
what does this mean for public policy and the environment? Go to Grist to
Grist makes clear, we're not talking about a handful of fringe lawmakers
senators and 186 members of the 108th Congress earned 80 to 100
why not? There's a constituency for it. A 2002 Time-CNN poll found that
wonder Karl Rove goes around the White House whistling that militant
is hard for the journalist to report a story like this with any
not, either. Once upon a time I agreed with Eric Chivian and the Center
read that the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
That wants to rewrite the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the
That wants to relax pollution limits for ozone; eliminate vehicle tailpipe
That wants a new international audit law to allow corporations to keep
That wants to drop all its new-source review suits against polluting,
That wants to open the Arctic [National] Wildlife Refuge to drilling and
read the news just this week and learned how the Environmental Protection
read all this in the news.
read the news just last night and learned that the administration's
not only read the news but the fine print of the recent appropriations
read all this and look up at the pictures on my desk, next to the computer---pictures
of my grandchildren. I see the future looking back at me from
I ask myself: Why? Is it because we don't care? Because we are greedy?
has happened to our moral imagination?
the heath Lear asks Gloucester: 'How do you see the world?' And
see it feelingly
news is not good these days. I can tell you, though, that as a
me, it does.
[Bill Moyers was host until recently of the weekly public affairs series NOW
with Bill Moyers" on PBS. This article is adapted from AlterNet, where it
first appeared. The text is taken from Moyers' remarks upon receiving the
Global Environmental Citizen Award from the Center for Health and the Global
Environment at Harvard Medical School.]
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