If it were 1239, when we didn’t have the technology and science that we have now to properly (and indisputably) explain certain things that happen in our lives, I could excuse a level of religious radicalism about certain events. History tells us that the sun was once worshiped, comets were omens of bad times and eclipses were many different things to many different civilizations.
Again, this was long before we had scientific evidence that easily explains why these certain events occur.
Long before our recent “blood moon” eclipse occurred, science could predict the date it was going to happen, the exact times when it would happen and where it would be visible. But then again, that’s what science does. It uses data to accurately predict events such as a solar or lunar eclipse.
The cause of an eclipse like we saw early on Tuesday morning is indisputable. This particular type of eclipse occurred because as sunlight shined on the moon through the Earth’s atmosphere, it gave the moon a reddish-orange color, hence the term “blood moon.” Not exactly what I would call a topic that’s up for much debate.
Well, unless you’re some radical evangelical like Texas Pastor John Hagee who claimed that the “blood moon” eclipse is the sign that the world is coming to an end.
“Is this the end of the age?” Hagee asked. “I believe that the heavens are God’s billboard, that he has been sending signals to planet Earth,” he explained. “God is literally screaming at the world, ‘I’m coming soon.’ God sends planet Earth a signal that something big is about to happen! He’s controlling the Sun and the moon right now to send our generation a signal, but the question is, are we getting it?”
There was also another right-wing pastor, Mark Biltz, who tried to claim that the “blood moon” is a divine warning for Obama due to the president’s use of executive orders.
Ladies and gentleman, these folks are a special kind of stupid.
Without science, the Bible – nor John Hagee – would have been able to predict when this eclipse would occur, let alone the exact time and location where it could be seen. But science did predict all of that.
Hagee is nothing more than a hypocritical greedy pastor who’s built his platform on “the end of the world” because it’s a very easy way to scare up followers and make a lot of money off their ignorance. And he has, to the tune of a net worth of around $5 million.
It’s just amazing to me that here we are, in 2014, and we still have people living in such an ignorant delusional world that they choose to pretend our understanding of science hasn’t advanced at all in hundreds of years.
You really have to be insane or just plain willfully ignorant to believe this nonsense.
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