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Sherri

My family was Southern Baptist, so yeah, I've spent a lot of time around Born Again Christians. My feeling is that while they would be rightly dubious of anyone like Camping who claims to know the day and the hour of Jesus' return, they do really believe that Jesus is coming again, soon. Their religious outlook focuses on the next life, not this one, mostly on avoiding hell. I can't remember who said it, but someone once said something to the effect of learning two things growing up in Lubbock, TX: that Jesus loved me so much he'd send me to hell if I didn't give my life to him and that sex was so dirty I should save it for the person I loved the most.

It may not make sense to believe in a literal translation of the Bible, to want war in the Middle East to create Armageddon, or the Rapture, but their belief is sincere, and it wasn't created by LaHaye.

Bill Hicks

You might enjoy the movie "Sherman's March," in part for its dead pan portrait of some Survivalists in the NC hills.

voxpoptart

I'm assuming, re: the Left Behind books, that you're not familiar with Fred Clark's epic-length, detailed, righteous, funny, Buffy-quoting chapter-by-chapter analyses of them, http://www.patheos.com/community/slacktivist/tag/left-behind/ . I recommend catching up. Unfortunately, you'll find that the books are very much the opposite of "rip-roaring action-adventure story full of fisticuffs and gunplay ... sex and glamour and glitz and sense of rebellion and freedom". In fact, the books are so painfully UNlike that, that the most plausible remaining explanation is that readers are indeed getting something out of the theology. I.e., the sneering at your and my downfall.

minstrel hussain boy

a priest, a rabbi, a minister, and barack obama all walk into a bar.

the bartender sez: "what is this some kind of joke?"

Lance Mannion

voxpoptart, Thanks for reminding me about Fred's Left Behind series. You're right, I need to catch up. But like I said, I just can't believe that people believe this stuff, although the sneering at our downfall seems right.

Bill, I will check it out.

CJColucci

I think the punchline is Obama saying: "I don't know. I'm just here because they needed a Muslim."

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