In case you missed it, the N&O is reporting that the next official end of the world as we know it will be on May 22, 2011. That's when today's current cult of Christian crazies believes the Big Guy will return to earth to harvest true believers in advance of the entire planet being engulfed in the cleansing fires of heaven.
To my way of thinking, this belief is no more or less insane than a host of other beliefs, including the belief that homosexuality is a sin or that god has a sweet spot in her heart for America, the world's undisputed king of arms dealing. If you are a politician using your religious beliefs as a justification for your policy positions, you are exactly as daft as the lunatic in this photo.
This isn't the first prediction of the end of the world, but like many before, it will soon be proven to be just another bunch of baloney. So with all due respect to elected official everywhere, if you're going to believe in holy ghosts, keep it to yourself. Your delusional nonsense has no place in public policy that affects the rest of us.