Increasingly in the British and Irish press we have articles wondering if the US is going off the rails. They note the rash of best-selling books in America connecting world events -- the war in Iraq, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, American politics -- to supposed biblical prophecies.
According to a PBS poll, almost sixty percent of Americans accept the literal relevance of the Book of Revelations, and one in five believe the Rapture is imminent.
It's as if the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment never happened.
In yesterday's Irish Times there was an article titled: "In the US, evangelical Christians are stoking an obsession with the apocalypse -- but before the end of the world, George Bush wants their votes."