Prophesying the End of Days can make you money but has a limited shelf life, Roger Ebert
Not so sure about the limited shelf life part, unfortunately.
Former and soon-to-be-again presidential candidate Mike Huckabee believes the End Times are near. Sadly, he is not alone, which is why a candidate for the highest office in the land can be taken seriously after voicing such beliefs. As Huffington Post blogger Clay Farris Naff noted recently, predictions of the Apocalypse are nearly mainstream: Preacher Tim LaHaye has made a fortune with his bestselling Left Behind novels describing bad days ahead for non-believers, riding a trend that, with amazing irony, goes back centuries. The promise of a place in heaven following individual martyrdom or a global apocalyptic event is now and has long been a powerful lure.
On a similar note…
Dear Watchtower, I would like to extend an invitation to you for an open, and transparent Public Debate. This debate would cover issues of concern, issues which you have published yourselves in your literature. There are, of course issues of more serious concern which the public, as well as members and former members of your organization would be glad for clarification on. Some of these issues are listed below.
Good luck buddy. Not so much with the debate, but in getting anyone of real importance to bite.
Last year for Halloween, I was a Sexy Jehovah’s Witness. It was the perfect combination of lingerie-baring and political incorrectness for a costume in college. Now liberated from the disapproving eye of my mother, it was, in fact, the first “sexy” costume I had ever worn. Which basically consisted of me unbuttoning my Oxford an extra inch to reveal a sliver of my push-up bra. But no one understood my costume. People guessed: Sexy Secretary? Sexy Teacher? Sexy Catholic School Girl? (How ironic.) Apparently wearing a button-down, miniskirt, geeky glasses and a pastel tie from the ’90s elicits these responses, but alas, not Sexy Jehovah’s Witness. Good thing I carried my Bible.
Please love me half as much as I love your wardrobe.
“That makes no sense.” How many times a day do we find ourselves thinking that about other people’s behavior? Perhaps someone decides to refuse an offer to come to the head of a line; or chooses to spend more money for a brand name when the generic is identical in every way; or refuses a potentially life-saving procedure he desperately needs. But no one ever does anything without a reason that makes excellent sense—to them. Even when the reason is completely divorced from reality, as in schizophrenia, the thought process that flows from that first idea will usually be logical and sound. Once you accept that the F.B.I is listening in on your conversations through the radio receiver in your dental fillings, being wary of strangers and worrying you might be arrested both become eminently reasonable and entirely rational.
Religious conversion sounds like a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but it’s an everyday reality: About a third of us have switched our religious affiliation at some point. According to surveys conducted by the City University of New York, well-established faiths like the Methodists have been dwindling. Big gainers include the born-again Evangelicals, the Seventh Day Adventists and the Pentecostals—and the Buddhists, too—as well as nondenominational Christian churches. Which group is growing the fastest? The 29.5 million Americans who claim no religion at all.
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Religions with highest turnover (people both joining and leaving the church): Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Buddhism