Sitting in my local coffee shop this morn (grading some of your papers!), I decided to read the Dayton City Paper and came upon this article:
It’s curious how the election of a black man of Kenyan descent with an Arabic name brought out the nastiness of American White Protestant Millennial thinking? These sorts of people have been awaiting the end of the world for a LONG time–one would think they would get tired of it, but they never do. Apparently in its latest incarnation, millennial thought considers Obama to be a Muslim non-American and THAT fact makes him the Antichrist. Think about that–especially those of my students who ARE Muslim. Right-wing White Christian thinking in the USA includes those who believe that an American president MUST be Christian and white, and that the USA is a White, Christian Nation–even though the US Constitution expressly forbids the establishment of a state religion in the VERY FIRST Amendment to the Constitution, dating back to 1791. These people also think that Obama has established concentration camps for dissidents.
Ultimately, they aren’t worried that the world might have a global catastrophe. Rather, they HOPE that it will soon. It’s a very dangerous time we’re living in–the crazies, who have always been with us, are coming out of the woodwork.