Obligatory disclaimer: I have recently read Good Omens, the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. This may have had some effect on my thinking, but really, it was some of the correspondence in this New York Times column that sent me round the bend.
So here is an explanation, original with me but easily and probably derived independently, for the current behavior of Fox News and malignant Christians (as opposed to any other kind of Christians) in the United States:
Millennialists, frustrated by the tardiness of the Antichrist, who would signal and bring about the Second Coming, have decided to hurry things along by becoming the Antichrist(s), thus fulfilling prophecy and perhaps triggering the next step.
Although I hold out no hope for the actual occurrence of the End Times and Last Judgment, not that I would hope for that anyway, they could happen here. If the U.S. government and military were largely or completely composed of a certain kind of religious fanatic, or even key personnel, we currently believe that the U.S. has the technological capability (using nuclear weapons) or will soon acquire it (biological weapons) to end all human life on earth. Iran could be here next, only worse. If you don't buy the immediate-end-of-the-world explanation (which I admit I only have second hand, and seems hyperbolic), here is the definition of millennium on dictionary.com:
- A span of one thousand years.
- A thousand-year period of holiness mentioned in Revelation 20, during which Jesus and his faithful followers are to rule on earth.
- A hoped-for period of joy, serenity, prosperity, and justice.
- A thousandth anniversary.
I now return you to your regularly scheduled paranoid rant. And I have work to do that I'll get back to.