Sunday, December 23, 2012

Birds And Snakes And Aeroplanes

The world is ending today.

Yes, yes, I know, the world ended two days ago, but it's ending again today.

You know Warren Jeffs? Hopefully not personally? Warren Jeffs is the head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a Mormon sect centered on a couple small towns on the Utah-Colorado border. Jeffs was sent to prison last year on two counts of child sexual assault and just generally running the religious equivalent of the Penn State football program; however, he continues to run the sect from his cell through a series of edicts.

Jeffs has found the time- he's in prison; he's got nothing but time- to write a 900-page book of revelations, which was sent to a library in South Salt Lake City. According to him, the supervolcano under Yellowstone is supposed to blow today and that's supposed to kill us all. I'll stop there. I don't think we need to be giving unnecessary publicity to a child-molesting cult leader, but I do so on the theory that there is no faster way to lose credibility and gain a reputation as a crackpot than to predict the end of the world happening within your own personal lifetime. Except possibly, upon the prediction being wrong, to go and predict it again. You join an ever-lengthening line of unmitigated, irrefutable, complete, total and utter 100% failure.

And few deserve to join that line more than Jeffs.

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