Want something new to worry about? John Hagee, the minister for one of those bizarre mega-churches in Texas, has created a new religious group. It's called Christian Zionism. Basically, Christian Zionists believe that the creation of Israel after World War II was prophesied in the Bible and signifies that the End of Days is upon us. That's right, the end of the world is coming. (As a side note, they also support using all necessary force to eradicate Palestine from the face of the earth. Nice.)
Normally, I would blow this off as just another crazy religious nut who has managed to convert a few people by shouting "The sky is falling!" on a street corner. But these Christian Zionist folks recently had a big banquet to get together and celebrate how crazy they all are. One of the guest speakers was Republican senator Rick Santorum.
That's right, a U.S. Senator supports these wing-nuts. A senator, by definition, is one of the most powerful people in the world. A person whose every opinion can change the lives of hundreds of millions of people. Another speaker at the party was the head of the Republican National Convention.
But that's not the worst part. Not only did Santorum give a speech, but President Bush, the leader of the free world, sent a tape giving his greetings to the members of the Christian Zionist cult. A guy who could thinks global warming and the AIDS epidemic are beneath his notice thinks that Lo! The End of the World Is at Hand!
Somewhere in Texas, I think the separation of church and state just died a quiet death.