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It’s A Short Trip From the Heartland to Armageddon

Reported by Chrish - July 30, 2006 -

Owing to the present conflict in the Middle East, there has been an increased interest in “end time” speculation and biblical prophecies. Fox recently interviewed a so-called Middle East pundit, Michael Evans, who is not an expert in Middle East politics; but in biblical prophecy – as noted on Media Matters and Newshounds. So as not to be outdone by other networks, who have been interviewing their own “experts” in “end times,” Kasich interviewed an Apocalypse scholar whose comments might not have been what Kasich was expecting.

The chyron read “ What does the Book of Revelations say about the Middle East crisis?” as John stated “how does one of the most puzzling and powerful pieces of literature ever written relate to the Middle East crisis? It describes bloody battles and fiery showdowns between good and evil. Some say that this ancient prophecy might be a blue print for what is happening in the world.” John then introduced his guest, Michael Barber, author of “Coming Soon, Unlocking the Book of Revelations and Applying Its Lessons Today.”

Mr. Barber is a professor of theology and scripture at John Paul the Great Catholic University in San Diego.

Kasich asked Mr. Barber if we “can see the future by reading the book” to which Barber responded that people should realize that the book was written by a mystic; and as such, the spiritual significance is what is happening “behind the scenes.” Kasich commented that it is “a challenging book and way beyond me” while the chyron read “Can the Book of Revelations crack modern day mysteries.” He then said that he thought that today’s events could be described in Revelations; but Barber said that people have always seen connections between the chaos of their society and Revelations, such as the Black Plague. He then said that people “need to be careful” about interpreting the book because the author drew on themes from the Old Testament.

Kasich then asked if there is a “notion that Israel is sacred and that Christians are intertwined with Israel?” (Comment: now we’re getting to the intended Fox propaganda). John must have been disappointed in Barber’s answer; because when Barber said that the book is “not a blue print but a way to teach us something…” he was interrupted by John, who said that “you know what I think, this is a message of hope for the end time. Jesus will survive, God is in control, and evil forces will not win.” He then added, “I can’t imagine the E-mails that I will be getting.” (Comment: is John uttering a prophecy?)

Comment: Earlier in the show, John had representatives from the Detroit Jewish and Muslims community who talked about mutual understanding and respect. So, I thought that perhaps John was presenting a reasoned and sensitive approach towards tolerance of diversity of opinions and attempts to reach a common ground within that diversity. My hopes were dashed, during the final, climatic segment on Revelations. While Professor Barber certainly had a reasoned approach towards the “end times,” Kasich is obviously part of the fundamentalist religious right who see the carnage in the Middle East as “fulfillment of the scriptures.” Thus, why bother attempting to work towards peace if, as Kasich said, it will all work out in the end – when Jesus comes. That Kasich articulated his theology of the second coming was both journalistically poor and offensive to those Jews, Muslims, and others who might not subscribe to this view. That he would say this indicates that Fox “journalists” know who is in their audience.