Cultural Revolutions

The Pope and the Anti-Christ

At midday on April 16, a crowd gathered outside the White House to catch a glimpse of Pope Benedict XVI entering the grounds for his elaborate welcoming ceremony.  Supporters of the pontiff—mostly families and people from neighboring office buildings—were sandwiched between an iron fence and angry protesters.

The angriest and best organized of these protesters were a group of middle-aged people representing Dr. Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda.

Dr. Miranda is a cult leader who claims to be the reincarnation of Christ, the Antichrist, and head of “The Government of God on Earth.”  He teaches that all traditional religions—especially Catholicism—are corrupt.  Miranda wants to save the children of his followers from such corruption in order to build a “super raza” (super race).  Donations from his followers allow him to maintain a luxurious lifestyle in Houston.

The Antichrist’s supporters are part of a well-oiled machine.  Chanting slogans in Spanish, they raised professionally printed signs that read “Priests are Predators” and “Celibacy is Child Abuse.”  They shouted down passing priests with a bullhorn.  Unmarked television crews arrived, one after another, to take pictures of the cultists and then left, not staying even to photograph the Pope.

Miranda’s protesters brought their own security...

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