The Real "End Times" Fanatic
While the media and much of the religious blogosphere is obsessed with Pat Robertson's latest inanity, they're turning a blind eye to a far more dangerous end-times fanatic: the president of Iran. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly petitioned for the coming of the "Mahdi" in his public speeches. According to Shi'ite theology, the Mahdi is the Twelfth Imam, the eschatalogical figure who will return to earth (with Jesus) to usher in the end of time. Pres. Ahmadinejad is the man currently trying to acquire nuclear weapons capable of decimating "infidels" throughout Europe (perhaps including the Vatican), as well as targets within the Mideast.
I am not defending Robertson. He is increasingly inconsequential as a political figure and has made so many public gaffes I positively have lost count of them all. But he does not have access to the nuclear football. That the "mainstream" media consider him and his (coincidentally rather conservative) followers the threat -- and Ahmadinejad's "last days" nuclear fanaticism unworthy of mention -- speaks volumes about their perception and their real enemies.
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