I could be mistaken here, but wasn't it Oral Roberts who, along with others during the 80's, was trying to raise a boodle of money to finance his lifestyle? Unless I'm wrong, he's the one who's petition was "Unless I raise [large sum of money] God will call me home." (verbatim and poor memory from me) Isn't that what all Christians want ultimately: to be called Home? Pity God didn't call Roberts' bluff. That would've put the 'fear' of God in them...but that's just my opinion.
Religious fanatics of any persuasion get me riled, especially Christian ones, since I'm a Christian. I see these rabid spewers of philosophol rot as harmful to what I believe, since they taint the Christian 'image' with their pontificating for attention, positive or negative. Even thinking of the Tildins (remember him?) of the Televangilical Eighties makes me want to go and have a lie down. Just as they twist and misinterpret Biblical scripture to suit their own wanton needs, so too do Muslim extremists pervert Koranic passages. Kinda odd that suicide is despised by Allah, but self-martyrdom (suicide) is not. I always thought that to be a martyr, someone else had to persecute or kill you. It takes a very special and twisted soul to persecute oneself to that degree of a religious cause...kinda like that Catholic medieval order which believed in self-flaggelation.
At any rate, just as there are many similarities between the Bible and Qur'An (since Muhammad Hashim was raised in a village with Christians and Jews), so too have I seen marked similarities between Falwell and his sycophants and the Taliban, especially their views on women, clothing, music, literature, government, countries, religions, ethnicities, races, education, and lifestyles.
One final closing thought: who the hell is the Moral Majority? A majority indicates a lot of people...so where are they? I have very strong morals...so why am I not included? Not that I'd like to be, mind you....some of their rhetoric smacks too loudly of Democratic Socialism as practiced in the 1930's and 40's...in Germany.
[This message has been edited by Alicat (edited 09-29-2001).]