During WWI, a prophecy was issued to Catholics that warned about the dangers of Communist Russia. In Fatima, a small village in Portugal, 3 children claimed to have seen an apparition of the Virgin Mary.
During my time being raised as a conservative Catholic prior to the fall of Communist Russia, we were taught the story of Fatima repeatedly. The USSR was the great evil that would fall, a time of peace would be given to the world, but then a greater and more evil Russia would rise again, according to the prophecies.
I obviously don’t take a lot of stock in religion, but it is important to point out the Red Menace is rising again, and it is a greater threat to world peace than it has ever been before. Back then, America was the “shining city on a hill” that Ronald Reagan and his religious right supporters believed was the moral counter to the godless and evil Russia.
Catholics, and their religious-right Protestant colleagues have done an abrupt about face on these End Times predictions, now that our country is led by Moscow’s puppet, Donald Trump.
The Fatima prophecies were hyped a lot when I was a kid. There is even a movie with the late Ricardo Montalban about these prophecies, in which he uttered the phrase “only the fool says there is no God.”
In a 1941 memoir, dos Santos wrote of two of the secrets Mary shared. In one, she showed the children a vision of hell, a “vast sea of fire” populated with demons and the blackened souls of the damned. In the second, she warned that World War I would be followed by a far worse conflict unless people stopped “offending God.” She called for the “consecration of Russia to my immaculate heart”; otherwise, Russia would “spread her errors throughout the world.”
Devotees believe the coming war referred to World War II, and that the Russia prophecy was borne out in the spread of communism. Skeptics note that the dos Santos memoir was published in 1941, after the start of World War II and the rise of Russian communism. (Philly.com)
All of this lines up with current events involving Russia. Under Putin’s influence, the former KGB agent, Moscow is flexing their muscles once again, and interfering with elections in NATO countries. Putin and the religious right happily got into bed together with their hatred of Barack Obama, and then Hillary Clinton.
Rather than be alarmed by their own prophecies, the religious right is worshiping Putin and his dictatorship. They’re doing it because the new, nationalist Russia is attacking science, the LGBT community, and progress in the West.
Our experiment in representative democracy is under attack once again. This time, the religious right has taken the side of their former foe. We are in deep, deep shit.