Prison relief

In the pantheon of ‘marginally morally sound ideas; realistically not good ones’, comes this from Kenya: Plan to Free Inmates Living With HIV/Aids

Said to be so that they can “have quality life with their families instead of being left to die in prison”, it may in fact be an ill-conceived plan for reducing inmate numbers in congested prisons.

Congestion which is, according to Kenya’s Vice-President, “encouraging immoral behaviour amongst inmates”.

Kenya’s Council of Imams thinks it’s a bad idea because prisoners will return to criminal activity with no fear of imprisonment.

And a brief editorial in The Nation makes a good point: will the prisoners being released to their families be checked to make sure they actually have families to go to?

Serbia and Fundamentalism

As with the post on Israel and Fundamentalism a few days ago, now it’s evangelicals supporting Serbia over Kosovo. Read more at B92, where they say “Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson have joined forces with the Serbian Orthodox Church in the campaign against Kosovo independence” because it “would create a base for an extremist Islamic Jihad”.

The B92 story was based on this (much more comprehensive) Financial Times article. It seems reasonable to expect that Kosovo would be much more violent if they don’t get independence…

Israel and Fundamentalism

You’re probably thinking this post is going to be about fundamentalist Islam and its opposition to Israel.

It’s not.

It’s about fundamentalist Christianity and its support of Israel.

Save Israel, for Jesus?

In the article it mentions a guy who has written several books about the second coming of Christ, put in particular this one titled Jerusalem Countdown.

Hagee explored this from a political standpoint in his interpretation of scripture, “Jerusalem Countdown,” which has sold more than 600,000 copies. The book’s geopolitics are very precise, beginning with an alliance between Russia and the Islamic world.

“Russia is going to get in that position and they are literally, with all that massive military force, going to attack Israel,” Hagee said. “This is recorded in Ezekiel 38 and 39. God himself is literally going to destroy that army. Decimate it.”

And he said that will be followed by a Chinese army of 200 million coming to the city of Armageddon where they will meet British and U.S. forces in the Battle of Armageddon.

This sort of specificity worries me, not because I believe it and immediately start ‘warning’ my friends about this new truth I’ve read, far from it. It’s akin to saying, “Jesus is coming back at midnight, New Year’s Eve 2006! I know it, because my calculations prove it, and we’re going into 2007, seven being a holy number! Everything is aligned!”