Do all Christianists have dual loyalties, or only some of them?
Whenever I want to baseline the country's Bad Craziness, I check out the Rapture Index, your "prophetic speedometer of end-time activity":
Rapture index closes up 1 on false Christs, ecumenism. Volcanoes down
[+1] False Christs: A gentleman in Florida has made news by claiming to be Christ.
[+1] Ecumenism: The outrage over the Pope's comments about Islam is helping the ecumenical movement.
[-1] Volcanoes: The lack of activity has downgraded this category.
If anyone doesn't know what we're up against with the 30-percenters, they believe this stuff.
Not only do the 30-percenters believe this stuff, their craziness drives Bush's foreign policy, at the least because "The Base" is the only reliable voting bloc He has left, at the most because He's as batshit crazy as they are.
As Glenn points out:
There is just no question that Rapture doctrine is what causes very large numbers of the President's supporters (and the President himself?) to believe that fighting against enemies of Israel in the Middle East is a moral and theological imperative:
So, what gets the loyalty? The Rapture, or the United States?
For a Christianist, there's no question: The Rapture. Which is A-OK for them. This is the United States, and there's no law against being stupid or crazy. Or putting the needs of their own country and its citizens second to religious beliefs.
But what about a Christianist President? Where is Bush's first loyalty? The country? Or the Rapture?
I'm betting Bush's first loyalty is to the Rapture.
I mean, what other explanation for what Matt Yglesias calls the Craziest Goddamn Thing I've Heard In a Long Time--bombing (or nuking) Israel's enemy Iran--could there be?