Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Left behind

We read in the media over here of an E-mail/internet campaign in the States suggesting that Barack Obama is the AntiChrist. Not that he is a liberal, or an elitist, or even a secret Muslim, but that he is the literal embodiment of the endtimes archfiend predicted in Revelations. Needless to say, this is the sort of thing that makes Europeans roll their eyes with disbelief and wonder if Americans have gone around the bend.

With so many megachurch pastors and televangelists telling their congregations to distrust science and put their faith in the Good Book, is it any wonder that the country is awash in blithering nonsense. If you can be made to believe that the universe is 6000 years old and the Grand Canyon was caused by Noah's flood, what's so farfetched about Gog and Magog and the lake of fire and sulfur? According to a PBS poll several years ago, almost sixty percent of Americans accept the literal relevance of the Book of Revelations, and one in five believe the Rapture is imminent. Poor Obama. Poor America. It's as if the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment never happened.