Facebook seems to be a never-ending source of both amusement and frustration for me. I used to block people who would post something completely ludicrous. Now I use it to see what bullcrap is being posted and being passed off as fact.
Today one of my Facebook friends posted a link to an article from an end times conspiracy website. The article was about Pope Francis and how something he said in a sermon was some kind of secret code for all Catholics to eat babies or something. The actual subject of the article is immaterial because what I want to focus on is that at the end of the article it basically states “We’re calling it right now. Pope Francis is the antichrist.” The same Pope Francis who has eschewed the financial trappings that many of his predecessors embraced. The same Pope Francis who has preached nothing but peace and love among all religions since being elected to his position. The same man who drives around in a used 1984 Renault. It’s kind of hard to take a website like that seriously when they claim that the Super Bowl was filled with hidden Illuminati propaganda. More than likely Pope Francis is not the first person they’ve claimed to be the antichrist. I’m sure if I dug deep enough they probably also accused President Obama, Peyton Manning and Justin Bieber of being the antichrist although they nay be right on that last one.
So I am officially imposing a rule on antichrist accusations right now. From now on you only get one so make it count. If you say that Pope Francis is the antichrist and it turns out that you’re wrong, you’re done. No more antichrist guessing for you.
Also here’s a fun game to play if you know someone like that. If they say that so and so is the antichrist bet them $1000 that they’re wrong. Tell them that if they’re so sure that they know who the antichrist is then they’ll have no problem putting their money where their mouth is.
Lastly as an aside before you go bashing all religions in the comments I am a religious man but what I’m not is a fundamentalist asshat who hides behind their faith in order to spread hate and ignorance.