Monday, March 09, 2009


So, when I went to Mark Halperin's favorite news source today, what did I learn? Well, this, from World Net Daily:

A respected pastor, best-selling author and founder of a major ministry to teens predicts an imminent "earth-shattering calamity" centered in New York City that will spread to major urban areas across the country and around the world -- part of what he sees as a judgment from God.

David Wilkerson, author of "The Cross and the Switchblade," a book about his ministry to troubled New York street kids that was later made into a movie starring Pat Boone, tells readers of his blog this weekend that he is "compelled by the Holy Spirit to send out an urgent message" about his prediction.

"An earth-shattering calamity is about to happen," he writes. "It is going to be so frightening, we are all going to tremble -- even the godliest among us."

Wilkerson's vision is of fires raging through New York City.

"It will engulf the whole megaplex, including areas of New Jersey and Connecticut. Major cities all across America will experience riots and blazing fires -- such as we saw in Watts, Los Angeles, years ago," he explains. "There will be riots and fires in cities worldwide. There will be looting -- including Times Square, New York City. What we are experiencing now is not a recession, not even a depression. We are under God’s wrath. In Psalm 11 it is written, "If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" ...

I'm actually looking forward to seeing how that fire is going to cross the East River and/or the Hudson so it can engulf Manhattan and the 'burbs simultaneously. Will it take NJ Transit or Metro-North? I doubt it -- it's hard to believe that a right-wing preacher's God would send His mighty wrath in the form of flames that would use public transportation.

It's news to me that the guy who wrote The Cross and the Switchblade (in 1963) is still alive, much less hustling for wingnut attention. I suppose he's looking it the real or alleged ratings boosts for Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and CNBC and thinking that he ought to hop on the righty-arousing gravy train now while he can.

More at his blog.

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