The New York Times published a special election section today. It's 10 pages, with two ads. On the back page, there's what looks like an interesting though endless essay from a number of Korean-American groups. The ad starts by describing Korea's history since World War II, but it's really a plea for a peaceful solution to the tensions with North Korea, and, at the very end, criticizes a new law (passed last month, signed by Bush earlier this month) called the North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004. The law is an attempt to tie U.S. humanitarian assistance to North Korea to improvements in human rights there; it also provides money for refugee and humanitarian aid, tries to force China to play ball with the U.N. in dealing with North Korean refugees who show up there, and makes it easier for North Korean refugees and defectors to relocate to the United States. Among other things. Kim Jong-Il doesn't like the law. Also, South Korea apparently lobbied against it because of concerns that encouraging people to leave the North will flood the South with refugees.
But that's not the ad I wanted to talk about. On page 3 of the special section, there's a full page of text titled, "Revelation from God/War or Peace?" The ad features God speaking in the first person to Doris Orme of Bonita Springs, Florida (medium for "God Tells New Things to Doris"). God has some hopeful things to say. For instance, He's getting ready to take some serious action to make the world a better place:
"Do you think that for one moment that I cannot fulfill My mandate to bring you into perfection and into My Image and Likeness and become One with Me? This is the hour when that will be fulfilled, on the foundation of all those who have given unselfishly to bring this hour which is now here with you. ... The hour will come very shortly when you will see My hand move. It will be like a mighty thunder ... and will be like a thief in the night, but a good thief, ready to fill your heart with joy!"
Maybe most interesting is that God is not a Bush Supporter, and that God holds a Holy Grudge over the Hanging Chads of 2000, and that God has His Holy Dander up over the war in Iraq. As God told Doris on July 24, 2003:
"I asked you to listen to My words very seriously after Mr. Bush became in a leading position here in America. I hesitate to even say he became President, because in My eyes he has never been the President of the United States. He has been a thief. I told you this before -- you have a thief in the White House -- Barabbas the murderer, and blood would flow in America and around the world, because of this deed. You know, as well as I know, that the election was not an election that was honest. There were many things that went wrong, deliberately went wrong, because people interfered with the rules, in Florida and caused the election to go the way it went.
"... And I told you again that those who live by the sword shall die by the sword. Those who lived in Baghdad had no where to hide, no where to go. I wonder if, the people who decided that, would like to experience that in this nation of America. I am sure they would not. "
Well, you get the idea. God also discloses that our founding fathers are discussing the situation with Him in the spirit world, that the Bush administration "is leading America down into the pit," and that salvation for Bush. Tony Blair, and the rest of us lies only in coming clean about our Iraq lies. It's unhinged and humorous in a way. But also heartrending. And it goes on and on and on.