Alternative Future History Part 2

The rise of the Religious Right (or Moral Majority as they used to refer to themselves) is just one piece of the the tale I will be telling here.

There is a darker side to the Religious Right; it is called “Dominionism.” It could be called a sub-set of fundamentalism, but it is really the basis for the conjoining of the corporate mind-set with the Fundamentalist movement. As I wrote in an article in Green Egg Magazine ( the term “Dominionist” comes from Genesis 1:26 which states (in some translations): Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

This basically means, to them, that they can do whatever they want with the Earth because it was given to them by God. By ignoring the piece in 1:28 which says “replenish the Earth” the people behind the oil, coal, and gas industries saw a way to buy into this fast-growing movement and began to “come to Jesus” themselves.

And the religious right, seeing a new source of income to finance and further their beliefs, endorsed this alliance with open arms. With all pun intended, this was a marriage made in heaven for both of the groups. As anyone who is paying attention would know, today’s right-wing political movement is currently financed by the Koch brothers and others involved in the energy industry.

As someone who is concerned with the environment this is very disturbing to me, but there is another piece which entered into the equation later that should scare the hell out of everyone; literally. It concerns a group of people who believe in the literal interpretation of the Book of Revelations describing the “End Times.”

This group has been around for quite some time. In fact I remember when I was in my 20s, and living basically on the streets of Denver, having someone hand me a small comic-like booklet describing this event and pointing to the specific passages in Revelations which refer to it. The gory graphics in these booklets would put to shame any of the current horror graphic novels. The point of them was to tell people to repent before it was too late.

At that time this was a relatively small group but with the rise of the Internet, and the ability to communicate more effectively over greater distances, this group began to grow. The current popularity of the End Times series is an indicator of how wide-spread that belief system has become. And, reportedly, the G.W. Bush administration was riddled with believers of this particular sect of Christianity. In fact Christian author Joel C. Rosenberg claims that he was “invited to the [Bush] White House, [and] Capitol Hill” to explain the issues facing the Middle East “through the lens of biblical prophecies.”

A key piece in this belief system is that Israel shall regain the Temple, a site commonly believed to be the Dome of the Rock which is said to be the place where Solomon built his first temple, and that subsequently that temple will fall. This an actual place which dates back in history to the point before the Islamic and Jewish faiths were split into the later books of the Old Testament. For anyone who cares to do some research into the issue, the Jewish and Islamic books of faith were identical up to a point; that point being where the Muslim religion claims that Muhammad Ibn `Abd Allāh Ibn `Abd al-Muttalib was born and the Islamic faith split off.

As such, the Dome of Rock is a site sacred to both faiths; and also to the Christian religion. Currently there is a group called the Temple Mount Faithful ( whose goal is to rebuild the Temples on that spot. As you can guess, this idea is not going over very well with the followers of Islam, and is contributing to the current tension between Israel and the Islamic  countries of the middle and near East.

So we have a stew starting which involves big money, religion, politics, and people who take the Book of Revelations as a factual set of prophesies which will eventually come true. Keep all that in mind as you read the next part of this post which will bring us to the present time and the possible future that could await us.


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