The other night, Rachel Maddow interviewed the authors of the Left Behind series, Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye.
You want to see an interview that will hurt your brain?
Here you go (for more fun, try imitating Rachel and keeping a straight face as you watch):
My favorite excerpt:
Maddow: You think that Obama is a socialist and you think that a world socialist system is a… necessary precondition for the Rapture, and then after the Rapture, then there’s the Antichrist.
LaHaye: [Obama] might be a closet Christian. You know, he claims to be a Christian. So if he is, when the Rapture takes place, he’s out of here, too.
Frightening stuff, no?
Even scarier is how many people buy into this nonsense.
Maddow says one thing that bothers me. After the interview (7:45 mark), she says: “None of us have the right to judge anybody else’s religious beliefs…”
Of course we do. If we want to live in a world based in reality, we must judge and criticize other’s beliefs when warranted. There’s no need to put on kid gloves when it comes to religion.
At the same time, though, we can do all that while still being kind to the people who hold those beliefs.
Maddow did just that during her interview, even though I’d assume she thought what they were saying was absurd.