New on AlterNet: The Religious Right’s Failed Predictions

My latest column is now up on AlterNet, Notable (and Hilarious) Examples of the Christian Right’s Failed Prophecies. In it, I examine the track record of religious-right culture warriors who’ve claimed that their correct understanding of God’s will gives them insight into the future. While some have prophesied the coming apocalypse, others have staked a claim to advance knowledge of worldly events. Needless to say, most of them haven’t done all that well. Read the excerpt below, then click through to see the rest:

The Christian right in America, like all organized religions, claims to have a correct and exclusive understanding of God’s will. To hear them tell it, the almighty creator of the universe has strong opinions about corporate tax rates, firearm ownership and what consenting adults do with their genitals, and he’s delegated them to speak on his behalf.

But if they want us to believe they have this authority, it seems only fair to consider their track record. After all, the Bible itself tells how to identify false prophets, saying that if they’re not really speaking for God, their predictions won’t come true — a very sensible test!

Continue reading on AlterNet…

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  • Rain

    They know they can get away with it because their founding document, the Holy Bible, is full of failed prophecies but nobody seems to have caught on yet. So yeah, failed prophecies are actually a feature, not a bug.

  • Korey Peters

    My New Year’s Resolution is, when someone makes a preposterous claim based on religion, to immediately say, “How much would you like to bet?” Should be tons of fun.

    PS: Love the new non-Disqus related comments. I had NO end of trouble trying to comment on your blog posts. You shall now feel the full weight of my intellect! :)

  • cag

    Re the billboard, it must be noted that the date is not a Gregorian date, but a Campingerian date. May 21, 2011 in the Campingerian calendar is still billions of years away. How can you mock such an obvious, scientific conclusion?

  • Robster

    This is little more than their continued pattern of nonsense lies. Their whole fraud is based on obvious lies so failed predictions are to be expected. It’s not like they base their predictions on anything of significant value.