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Friday, September 30, 2011

The Politics Of The Apocalypse

A heckler called President Obama the Antichrist this week, and Republican Rick Perry recently debuted a campaign ad that is apocalyptic in tone. What does that say about American politics these days?

Matthew Sutton, associate professor of history at Washington State University argues in a much talked-about New York Times opinion piece that Christian apocalypticism as we know it has shaped conservative political thinking since the Great Depression.

Sutton says it has also influenced the anti-government views of today’s evangelicals who make up one of the largest interest groups in the Republican party.

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  • RedSonja

    If you do believe this Apocalyptic Dogma in which Jesus comes and defeats the Anti Christ after 100 years- what are all the Faithful concerned about?
     Jesus coming is a good thing right?
    Let’s all try to stay composed and mind our manners until that happens, hmmmm?

  • Jal333

    I find it appalling that we are giving right wing religious extremists so much media coverage and thus power.  The US is a secular government, not a religious system.   The more candidates talk about religion, the less credibility they have.

  • BHA in Vermont

    Interesting that Perry’s ad rips Obama on poverty. Only 4 states and the District of Colombia have higher poverty rates than Texas.  And it isn’t like he has improved Texas’ poverty rate through the years compared to other states.

  • J Frog

    Hmmm….I wonder why there are people that people think that big government is bad?  Well..the media tells us every day – Big is Bad.  Big Oil is ripping us off by jacking up the price of fuel.  Big Wall Street Banks caused the recession.  The Big military industrial complex is keeping us in the wars.  Big Walmart is destroying our local businesses.  Big profit-hungry Bio-agri businesses are creating genetic superbugs.  Big pharma is creating genetic superbugs (too!) and causing our healthcare to skyrocket, etc.  …but we’re supposed to think that Big Government is good?

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