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Written by James Randi   

prophetFortunately, Utah "Prophet" Leland Freeborn has predicted that President-elect Obama will be prevented from taking his seat in the Oval Office due to a disaster. I say "fortunately," because this is as dependable as one of Sylvia Browne's predictions, though I see that she's now charging her followers a fee to know how wrong she is.  Mr. Freeborn is known as the "Parowan Prophet," and he's read 2 Peter 2:13 - that's a book in the Bible - that warns the naïve, apparently, about "riots."  I fail to see where riots in response to Obama's election come in, but Leland seems to. These riots, according to him, will encourage the remnants of the "old, hard-line Soviet guard" to fire nukes on the USA, taking out about a hundred million of us, which has to get our attention. The verse reads, in the King James version:

[These natural brute beasts] shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the daytime. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you.

Umm, okay, but no cigar. Maybe the "New Revised Standard Version" of this book makes more sense? Let's see:

They count it as a pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are blots and blemishes reveling in their dissipation while they feast with you.

Duh. No improvement there, that I can see. Leland thinks

...they [the natural brute beasts?] may begin the riots before Christmas 2008 as I said. Some of the news media will say that riots are justified. Now you know how much God is offended and just plain fed-up with our stupid excuses for not keeping all of his commandments in your Bible. Many readers will remember the many letters form me warning people.

Well, Leland, I won't. I'm told that you've been handing out  little brown bottles of "iodide crystals to counter the effects of radiation," but I'm not going to worry much. Maybe Sylvia and Deepak Chopra will be peddling these bottles, which wouldn't surprise me a bit, since we know they're on the cutting edge of woo-woo technology...

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What, again?
written by Skeptic, December 15, 2008
The problem with biblical prophecies is that there's ALWAYS some war, riot, earthquake, famine or "false leader" going on. So they're hardly dependable as signs of the second coming.

By the way, for someone who is stringent about "keeping all the commandments in the Bible", I wonder if he refuses to wear clothes made of more than one type of fibre, eats Kosher, uses no fire or electricity on the Sabbath, etc.?
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Yep, the photo is admissible
written by paiute, December 16, 2008
I can clearly see wool, linen, and cotton.

That's a stonin'.
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written by Alan3354, December 16, 2008
Ignoring these people doesn't seem to make them go away.
Remember, 50% of the people are below average. And average aint that great.
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written by TDjazz, December 16, 2008
Geez--another prophet with predictions of doomsday catastrophes. In the past, I'd listen to these so-called prophets and think the world would be ending so I'd eat everything in sight. Eventually I'd end up disillusioned (and five pounds heavier) the day after the supposed "day of doom."

Nope, not me...not buying it this time--no matter how hungry I am. smilies/wink.gif
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written by cwniles, December 16, 2008
Just a quick background on this Leeland Freeborn character....a Mormon and father of twelve, Freeborn was involved in an airplane wreck in 1975 and when roused from his three week coma and "trip to the other side" emerged a "prophet".

I found a quote that Mr. Freeborn might want to think about....

Joseph Fielding Smith, Jr.

"We are all aware that there are errors in the Bible due to faulty translations and ignorance on the part of the translators"
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written by Cuddy Joe, December 16, 2008
Skeptic: "The problem with biblical prophecies is that there's ALWAYS some war, riot, earthquake, famine or "false leader" going on. So they're hardly dependable as signs of the second coming."

On the other hand, this makes them VERY dependable if you're the current-day Agent Of God doin' the interpre-muh-tatin' of the 'signs'. Because all these signs have been present every year since biblical times, a shall we say less than honest Agent Of God can declare End Times any time. And by dint of the authority vested by believers into any Agent Of God, you can just as easily dismiss any present signs. This has all the vagueness that turned Nostradamus from a good doctor into a bad prophet.

Sounds like easy pickin's to me!

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written by tctheunbeliever, December 16, 2008
And don't forget, "fire" means "nukes"!
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The Forgotten Gospels
written by Willy K, December 16, 2008
The Holiest Book in the Holy Book was deleted during the Dark Ages.
It was entitled "For Entertainment Purposes Only" smilies/grin.gif

Willy K
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Okay, but THIS mircale cannot be argued with...:)
written by Ordover, December 16, 2008
http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/...ents/5132/
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A sign of the times
written by buffalodavid, December 18, 2008
I live 90 miles from any large shopping center (life is full of trade offs) so on the way back from Cedar City I always pass a sign just outside of Parowan that displays a mushroom cloud, selling survival gear. The bottom border of the sign displays the web address for said profit.Its quite scary.
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written by jj, December 18, 2008
Sounds like he's wishing for a white supremicist uprising.
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written by Cuddy Joe, December 19, 2008
Or the age-old marketing trick of creating a problem that doesn't exist and selling a remedy for it.
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