“The Time To Be Counted Is Now”

Andrew Sullivan —  May 17 2011 @ 3:10pm

Glenn Beck announced a Restoring Courage rally in Jerusalem on August 20, 2011:

God is involved in man's affairs, but so is the force of darkness … I believe I've been asked to stand in Jerusalem. Many in the history of man have had the opportunity to stand with the Jewish people … and they have failed.

Anthea Butler fears the worst:

Beck's statement, "I've been asked to stand in Jerusalem" suggests that he may be conflating his role with that of the two witnesses of Revelation 11:3: "And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1, 260 days, clothed in sackcloth." If Sarah Palin joins him in Jerusalem, you know what's coming. You heard it here first.

To my mind, the great relief of Huckabee's withdrawal from the race is that we now have one fewer religious fanatic eager to launch a global religious war on behalf of Israel's claim to the West Bank in perpetuity.