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Prostituting Religious Beliefs for Commercial and Political Purposes

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Rob Kall, editor, opednews.com

Want to understand one of the reasons George W. is getting new and stronger support from the religious right? Then you want to know about the LEFT BEHIND series, and the concept of the rapture.

 This ad, to the right,  hyping fears of SARS and the global economy,  came, unsolicited,  into my mailbox. It 's a pitch to join a mailing list associated with the Left Behind Series --a book series based on the "rapture " the biblically predicted time when Jesus returns to find the Middle East in Turmoil, the Antichrist hanging out there (or was that in between Texas, and DC <G>.)

Over 50 million copies have been sold. This idea is part of what fuels the far right fundamentalist religious camp 's support for Israel. They 're enjoying watching the conflict, praying that it is part of this process of the return of the messiah. Ultimately, it means that millions of Jews will die, billions of other non-Christians will die and that under 200,000  Jews in Israel will convert to Christianity, and with the other faithful Christians ascend to heaven with all the other faithful dead Christians whose souls will arise

 Amazon.com 's review describes the series, "Set against the backdrop of the Rapture, in which Jesus has returned as promised to gather his followers and remove them from this world. "  The first book starts off with very faithful people disappearing, and the rest of the people on the planet having seven years to get faithful and be ready, while the antichrist has returned, attempting to use the UN to form the world into one nation.

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

more detailed bio: 

Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 


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