Thursday, July 27, 2006

CNN repeatedly airs ‘Left Behind’ segments
Summary: With Kyra Phillips's discussion of the Apocalypse and the Middle East conflict with Christian authors Jerry Jenkins and Joel C. Rosenberg -- who share the view that the Rapture is nigh -- CNN has, for the second time in three days, featured a segment on the potential coming of the Apocalypse, as indicated by current conflicts in the Middle East.

...The July 24 edition of CNN's "Paula Zahn Now" featured a segment examining what "the Book of Revelation tell[s] us about what's happening right now in the Middle East." CNN re-aired this segment the next day. Media Matters also noted that Rosenberg is just one of several conservative media figures who have identified and expounded upon the purported signs of the Apocalypse to be found in the Israel-Hezbollah conflict. During his appearance on "Live From ...", Rosenberg claimed that he had been invited to the White House, Capitol Hill, and the CIA to discuss the Rapture and the Middle East, and noted -- several times -- that the apocalyptic events described in his novels keep coming true.
The anonymous submitter writes: Uh oh. It’s not just Fox News now hyping the evangelical ‘Left Behind’ spin on end-times prophecy as a potential justification for US involvement in a broader war in the Middle East. Is Protestant ‘rapture’ theology (and the ultra-hawkish, neoconservative foreign policy it supports) unduly influencing our government, intelligence community and even the mainstream media?

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