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Opinion

alex beam

The Rapture People are back

I’ll assume that you are a member of what passes for polite society. You read a newspaper, you watch mainstream television. You know that reasonable people disagree about intervening in Syria. Maybe it’s a good idea, maybe not. Time will tell.

But vast numbers of Americans see something else entirely. Grounding their “analysis” in two Old Testament verses written over 2,500 years ago, many Christian fundamentalists believe we are confronting the “burden of Damascus” — the moment when the destruction of the Syrian capital triggers a series of End Time events leading to Armageddon.

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