Hey, I ain't religious, but I thought this was interesting...
"Bush's blood lust, his repeated commitment to Christian beliefs, and his constant references to "evil doers," in the eyes of many devout Catholic leaders, bear all the hallmarks of the one warned about in the Book of Revelations - the anti-Christ. People close to the Pope claim that amid these concerns, the Pontiff wishes he was younger and in better health to confront the possibility that Bush may represent the person prophesized in Revelations. John Paul II has always believed the world was on the precipice of the final confrontation between Good and Evil as foretold in the New Testament. Before he became Pope, Karol Cardinal Wojtyla said, "We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of the American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel." The Pope, who grew up facing the evils of Hitler and Stalin, knows evil when he sees it. Although we can all endlessly argue over the Pope's effectiveness in curtailing abuses within his Church, his accomplishments external to Catholicism are impressive.
According to journalists close to the Vatican, the Pope and his closest advisers are also concerned that the ultimate acts of evil - the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon - were known in advance by senior Bush administration officials. By permitting the attacks to take their course, there is a perception within the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy that a coup d'etat was implemented, one that gave Bush and his leadership near-dictatorial powers to carry out their agenda.
The Pope worked tirelessly to convince leaders of nations on the UN Security Council to oppose Bush's war resolution on Iraq. Vatican sources claim they had not seen the Pope more animated and determined since he fell ill to Parkinson's Disease. In the end, the Pope did convince the leaders of Mexico, Chile, Cameroon, and Guinea to oppose the U.S. resolution. If one were to believe in the Book of Revelations, as the Pope fervently does, he can seek solace in scoring a symbolic victory against the Bush administration. Whether Bush represents a dangerous right-wing ideologue who couples his political fanaticism with a neo-Christian blood cult (as I believe) or he is either the anti-Christ or heralds one, the Pope should know he has fought the good battle and has gained the respect and admiration of many non-Catholics around the world."
I'd like to see his sources on this quote: "According to journalists close to the Vatican, the Pope and his closest advisers are also concerned that the ultimate acts of evil - the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon - were known in advance by senior Bush administration officials. By permitting the attacks to take their course, there is a perception within the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy that a coup d'etat was implemented, one that gave Bush and his leadership near-dictatorial powers to carry out their agenda."
I know the Pope tires easily: "The Pope worked tirelessly to convince leaders of nations on the UN Security Council to oppose Bush's war resolution on Iraq. "
There is something about these Counterpunch essays. I can always find unbelievable and hyperbolic prose within their author's writing.
7. Bush isn't smart enough to be the anti-christ ...
He's the anti-christ's little helper.
If I had to finger a SINGLE person to be the anti-christ alive in the world today, it would be PAT ROBERTSON.
Yep, good ole Pat cloakes himself in the robes of a pastor. But he's really a scam artist, a purveyor of informercial scams, a genocidal gold/diamond miner, and an all around evil dooer wearing the smile of Jesus.
Beyond this, Pat Robertson actually PREDICTED that the anti-christ would rise out of dealings with the bank of Scotland (no doubt a Knights Templar connection). Well guess who got involved in the bank of Scotland after that ... PAT ROBERTSON.
Don't forget who the REAL muscle in the Christian Coalition is. It's NOT Ralph Reed!!! It was Pat Robertson pulling the strings and pushing the agenda on his "christian" broadcast network. Pat is a NOT a pastor, he's media mogul/political operator. He's on evil motha fucka!!!!
And like ALL right wing wackos, Pat maintains chummey connections with the Faux-Christ, Rev Moonie. All the right wing preachers do. They don't talk about Moon, in return the Moonie Times talks real nice about them and their political puppets in Washington.
Unlike Bush, Pat actually assembled his empire of graft and corruption through skill and gile. He's a smooth political operator who doesn't have to read off a cue card to deliver an effective (thought swarmy) message. Pat is SMART enough to be Satan's spawn.
Greg Palast dedicates a whole chapter to SMILING Pat in "The Best Democracy Money Could Buy."
Dominionism is the hard core belief of christian zealots that the latter parts of the bible, pertaining to the near collapse of the world before christ's return to earth to rule it for a thousand years, are 100% true, and worse, THEY BELIEVE THEY CAN INSTIGATE THIS PROCESS.
The bible predicts a series of events that lead up to christ's return: "a massive ideological conflict in the middle east" = duh "the approach to lawlessness" = crime, corruption, evil, and immorality soar to new heights. "the torment of the earth" = nature will demonstrate it's full power - massive earthquakes, storms, floods, etc. "the rise of the anti-christ" = a sharp tongued, likeable figure that pretends to lead the world towards glory, honor and progress, but instead seeks to corrupt it. Sound familiar? "a great war" = ppl think this will be multi-continental, grander in scale than wwII
and there's other stuff i'm missing, since i'm no theologian. But the dominionist view is that they think they can make christ come to earth by instigating this chain of events, thereby artifically fulfilling the prophecy of the bible. And * is enabling them to do this.
a golden or red goat or something through genetic engineering in order to initiate the end of days. apparently, the bible indicates that the presence of such a creature signals the beginning of the end of days and these people think genetic engineering is a good way to bring about judgment day. god, if he/she/it exists, has got to be laughing at these morans.
But who cares if you're a right winger. What kind of mind thinks they can force the left hand of god and detach the right????
There is no doubt that this thinking is the highest form of blasphemy. They claim to speak for god.
I'm an ex-Catholic, and I have PLENTY of beefs with the "universal" church. But I do know that they approach divination from biblical sources as pretty sketchy and pretty WRONG!!!!! It is akin to witchcraft (magic).
The belief that mortals can influence the actions of god through ritual rather than simply his judgement is a prime source of the attitudes against witchcarft. What the fundies are ATTEMPTING to wield is a Supreme form of witchcraft. They're trying to wind forward the revelation clock simply so they can see Jesus with their own eyes. This act is supremely anti-ethical because they do not ACCEPT god's will (god's timetable). They presume to force god's hand. Or they delude themselves into believing they are god's instruments to work the timetable that THEY (not necessarily god) desire).
Oh woe be to him who presumes to KNOW the mind of god!!!!!!!
... best to frame your argument in parochial terms.
I don't believe in revalation. It think it's 100% counter to the tradition of a "testament" of the words of Jesus.
The screwey thing is that protestants rebelled against just this type of "dressing up" of the church. Luther strived to forge Christianity through the words of Jesus rather than all the "extra bits" the church through in to get pagans to join (holy ghost(earth/water/air dieties), the "god man" (Dyioniseun sun cult (Contantine's religion)), and saints (a pantheon of "minor figures" to DIRECTLY take the place of local Pagan gods) ).
Revelation is just the kind of thing Luther would toss to the side because it simply didn't come from the mouth of Jesus. Why so-called protestant Baptists embrace it so strongly is really a wonder to me. Of course I can fathom no reasonable explanation for why the church EVER included the ravings of a madman who lived 200 years after Jesus???? Could it be as simple as the madman was the favorite of a particular Roman Emperor????
24. I say we expose the Washington Times and UPI international ..
... EVERY chance that presents itself.
It SERIOUSLY blows the mind of your "average" Republican when they find out their "paper of record" is owned by a man who claims to be Jesus Christ, conducts mass weddings and communes with the dead spirits of Stalin and Hitler.
Have no doubt that Washington Times veterans are writing the scripts at Fox News. They have a practiced hands at schewing coverage to fit their master's wishes.
The GOP, Washington Times, and Faux news forms the unholy alliance. And most Republican voters would NOT approve if they were allowed to know!!!!!
14. if a dominionist believes in end times then im one. but
Edited on Tue Sep-28-04 04:38 PM by faithnotgreed
if its about making these acts come about in order to bring end times, then thats just scary as all get out. blasphemy all out of proportion! thats where i part company in a very big way.
i believe like someone else posted above. ive thought about bush possibly being the a-c but "decided" that bush is just not smart enough to qualify. although because hes just not right in the head, he may be the a-c that america gets.... i say this maybe half jokingly. ive thought of that too but thats another topic
bush is smarmy and cocky and so not likeable but still has many sheeple followers. im not sure what that makes him but it better not be president!
... you'd probably see half the Catholics switch their vote AWAY from Bush.
Yes, the holy father IS very influential amongst adherents. I have at least one uncle who is a die hard Bush supporter. But he is so adherent that he would bale on Bush in a SECOND if the Holy Father denounced Bush.
12. If this is true, then why let some Catholic bishops
Edited on Tue Sep-28-04 04:36 PM by cally
deny communion to anyone who supports a candidate who is pro-choice. This Catholic administration has allowed it's bishops to become partisan. They've always been political but I've never seen more partisan activities tolerated by the hierarchy. If the Pope believes * is the anti-Christ, then reign in your American bishops so we can defeat this evil.
25. I don't think the events of September 11, 2001 is the
ultimate act of evil. Far worse things have taken place in human history. I may be stepping out on a limb here but I seriously believe the dropping of the bomb on Nagasaki and Hiroshima wsa worse than what happened on 9/11/01. Call me a radical.
27. Bush is really creepy. I just watched him on O'Reilly and EVIL
Just reeks from him. I don't know why those stupid fundies can't see that. It's so strong that it's impossible to miss. He DOES have major blood lust. He's a sick, sick bastard. If he's elected he will invade countries just to kill. Look at how he enjoyed putting people to death in Texas. I wish the Pope would say it LOUDER. Maybe these Christian Zombies would listen. I'm saving this article. I'm not even religious but I think the Pope could be on to something. Only greedy selfish stupid Republicans would vote for the Beast. It makes perfect sense.
I am 55, and until March 2003 a lifelong Roman Catholic. I
quit going to church the Sunday after the invasion, giving up
a music gig along with it, because of my frustration that the
local sermons had not once for the previous year included any
reference or influence of the Pope's opposition to the Iraq
war. If those priests had gotten off their collective ass,
this could have been stopped.
I am not kidding. If every Catholic sermon warned against a
pre-emptive invasion of Iraq when that was a danger, it would
not have happened.
My frustration, I know today, includes my failure to complain
about this issue to the people in the pulpits. I am
despondent about my failure to influence these events. It
doesn't help that I have an 18-year-old and a 17-year-old son.
I have attended each big demonstration on the east coast for
the past two years, almost exactly. I am getting tired of
Greyhound to Washington.
Not too tired to do it again Friday, for the D.C. to Dover
We Catholics need to find our voices. Pretty simple: Thou
shalt not kill.
31. This story is complete rubbish. The pope and advisers are right wingers.
What are the counterpunch people smoking? This is pipe dreaming nonsense. Judge people by their actions, not their words. He has consistently made every effort to support Bush's political ambitions, and those of his right wing minions in all matters except the war.
JPII's opposition to the war was quickly swept under the rug once it got under way, and JPII served as a convenient shill for Bush's public image, giving him the imprimatur in the form of a publicized, televised public meeting.
JPII is a senile old coot who should have stepped down long ago.
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