September 28, 1992 |
Im Hwa Ja, bewildered and depressed, has seen her entire world collapse around her. Since last November, her husband of 25 years, a prosperous director of a book-publishing firm, abruptly quit his job, sold the house, began beating her and now, to keep himself "clean," refuses to sleep with her. Im's three sons, the pride of her life, dropped out of their university.
December 23, 1995 |
National Public Radio made an on-air apology Friday evening for a commentator's remark on the return of Christ, after the Christian Coalition complained that the comment was anti-Christian. The remark by humorist Andrei Codrescu occurred Tuesday during a commentary on NPR's popular program "All Things Considered." In a telephone interview from his New Orleans home, Codrescu said his commentary was about a pamphlet he got on the beliefs of a religious group called The Rapture.
March 30, 2000 |
Police pulled 53 more bodies Wednesday from the house of a leader of a doomsday cult that is suspected of killing hundreds of its members. The house and garden of Dominic Kataribabo of the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God have so far yielded 155 dead, some strangled, some poisoned. The latest exhumations bring to about 800 the number of corpses, among them more than 100 children, found in three mass graves and a burned-out church in southwestern Uganda.
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June 6, 2006 |
Today is the sixth day of the sixth month, six years into the second millennium, and for some people that adds up to Apocalypse. For others, 666 -- the mark of the beast in the New Testament -- is a marketing opportunity. Hollywood today is releasing a remake of "The Omen," a 1976 thriller about a family raising a child, born on June 6, 1966, who is destined to become the antichrist.
November 10, 2009 |
America has a bad case of the doomsday jitters. You don't have to be a Glenn Beck follower to know that whenever things go wrong in this country, you can always find all the anger, bitterness and fear-mongering bubbling up and over into our popular culture. With Wall Street fat cats still cashing in while the rest of the country suffers from double-digit unemployment, with partisan bickering at an all-time high and a war in Afghanistan threatening to suck up 40,000 more troops, the country is in a sour mood, full of nasty, dark suspicions about the future.
July 30, 1992 |
By now, millions of people should have mysteriously disappeared from the face of the earth, the Soviet Union should have invaded Israel and Jesus should have descended from the heavens to usher in a real New World Order. So went the rough scenario outlined in 1970 by Christian author Hal Lindsey in his bestseller, "The Late Great Planet Earth."
March 31, 1999 |
Perry Stone Jr., Southern preacher extraordinaire, is whipping thousands of believers into a frenzy. A chain of events surrounding Israel--the rebirth of the nation, Jerusalem's restoration as capital, the return of Jews from Russia--have been prophesied in the Bible as omens of Christ's second coming and THEY HAVE ALL COME TO PASS! Stone declares. "They want to call you a doomer! They want to call you a gloomer! But we understand it's the coming of Christ!"
February 7, 1991 |
Is it over? Is it coming? Are we hurtling toward The End? From Glendora to Harlem, Santa Ana to Buffalo, those who believe in biblical prophecy are clamoring to know: Is the Persian Gulf War the ultimate voyage toward a fiery end before a blissful beginning? Will there be, as the Bible says, a battle of Armageddon, followed by the Second Coming of Christ? Since Iraq overran Kuwait last summer, a fervor has been building among millions of evangelical Christians nationwide.
November 15, 1993 |
Confounding the prophesies of a Ukrainian doomsday cult and its imprisoned "living god," the world failed to end Sunday. Members of the Great White Brotherhood had expected the doomsday's highlight to be the suicide and resurrection of their self-styled messiah, Maria Devi Christos. Instead of ascending to heaven in a huge ball of flame, Christos spent Sunday in jail, where she faces charges of hooliganism and seizing state property.
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February 29, 1996 |
Humans first harnessed the atom at the University of Chicago in 1942. On the University of Chicago campus, a Henry Moore sculpture pays homage to that storied chain reaction. In an auditorium a short walk away, another symbol of the Nuclear Age recently sat center stage. It was time again to set the Doomsday Clock.