Well, here's a news flash for CNN. Please stop this. It's not nice to fan the flames of insanity or to give Jerry Falwell anymore airtime than he already gets. These folks already have a "man in Washington" and that particular man has the power to help fulfill these loony prophecies. As they point out in the story, they think it's possible that George W. Bush signed the REAL ID Act in order to help their prophecies come to fruition.
And those who believe in End Time prophecy also say for more proof that we're in the last days, consider the Real ID Act. It's a post-9-11 law that calls for all Americans to have a federally issued identification card by May of 2008.I find it somewhat horrifying that a sitting President may have signed into law a National ID that strips people of their rights to travel, privacy and possible even to vote because of some lunatic prophecies of a far right religion. It's bad enough that this particular president is an adherent of heretical views and a firm believer in Apocalyptic "revelation". His Apocalyptic brethren thinking that it's somehow OK to infringe on peoples rights in order to fulfill their death cult prophecies should be of concern to everyone out there. This man still has 2 years remaining in office and there's a lot of damage that a religious zealot could wreak in that time. Destroying our liberties in the name of government is bad enough, doing it in the name of your god is just evil.
But what you may not know is that by signing the legislation, some Armageddon believers say President Bush fulfilled a biblical prophecy, taking the world a step closer to the End Times. They believe that assigning every American an identification number is a fulfillment of Revelation 13, that reads, "And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand or in their foreheads. And that no man might buy or sell, save that he had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."
It's a terrible thing to infringe on our freedoms out of petty politics. It's an even worse thing when it's done in the name of someone's religion. It becomes truly terrifying when the followers of this cult start talking about nuclear weapons being used to kill 2 billion people and show no small amount of glee at the aspect of this. Anyone care to explain to me how these folks are any different than the mullahs of Iran? Oh, wait...those guys are Apocalyptic brethren, too. Their leader, like ours thinks little of death and destruction in the grander scheme of prophecy fulfillment and when we add in their latest nuclear standoff and the reaction of the West....well, it isn't pretty. Soon enough lunatics will collide and their followers will all give forth with a mighty shout that all of the sane will hear. The only difference to us will be whether it rings as "Praise Jesus!" or "Allah Akhbar!"...that'll be the only way to tell which loon is ours.
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