In a video this weekend, the noted action hero star who first rose to world-wide attention when legendary Bruce Lee beat him in the film Return of the Dragon in 1972, Carlos Ray “Chuck” Norris and his second wife Gena proclaimed that “We’re at a tipping point and, quite possibly, our country as we know it may be lost forever if we don’t change the course in which our country is headed.”
You can see the video for yourself here:
Unfortunately for the noted actor and martial arts champion, facts are not on his side. His claim that over 30 million evangelicals did not turn out to vote in 2008 does not bear out. There are an estimated 74 million evangelicals who are registered to vote in this country, of which 67 million voted in 2008. Even if you include the unregistered but eligible evangelical voting block, you still are at roughly half of the numbers Mr Norris calls for. And even then, the Evangelical vote has shifted away from Republicans, as the evangelical movement has become younger and more diversified, with more than 1 in 4 voting for Obama in 2008.
More discouraging is how obvious Mr. Norris reveals himself easily susceptible to suggestion. But it also is a dog whistle to certain elements on the right-wing. One finds the refrain “1000 Years of Darkness” used by those who believe in the rapture (something not found in the bible) to call the era immediately post rapture, after which shall be the end of the world. It appears as if Mr. Norris is proclaiming that Obama is what the rapturists call the Anti-Christ without ever saying it.
Despite his credentials in martial arts and his acting ability, Mr. Norris seems to have some learning to do about both his own religion as well as the nation into which he was born. This nation was not founded on a religious dogma which did not even exist until the early part of the 19th century, but instead the basis comes from the lessons of the Enlightenment, that all men are created equal. That he is pushing these obvious lies is even more disturbing due to the platform his fame has afforded him.
With great power comes great responsibility according to Stan Lee. Mr. Norris is abusing his power by spreading a gospel of hate.
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