Wednesday, January 29, 2014

#894: Clyde Lott

Given that we have been unable to get the full name of Lorrie the Pet Psychist we are forced to skip her (which is a pity). Despite her magnificent lunacy Lorrie is also presumably a benevolently inclined person. Clyde Lott is not. Lott is a Mississippi revivalist preacher and cattle rancher, who is actively trying to bring about the end times. His method is to raise a unique herd of red heifers to satisfy an obscure injunction in the Book of Numbers, namely the sacrifice of a blemish-free red heifer for purification rituals needed to pave the way for the messiah. The most recent reports was that only one of his cows has been verified by rabbis as worthy – meaning they failed to turn up even three white or black hairs on the animal’s body (and yes, Lott is exporting his heifers to the Middle East), but that was in 2006, so who knows? You can read the full story here. Apparently some rabbi has even written a book about it. In fact, that book has (roughly) been made into a documentary here – did you think they just made up that plot? Nope; Lott and his ilk actually believes this kind of stuff.

Diagnosis: As opposed to Hal Lindsey or Harold Camping, at least Lott is actually putting a real effort into making his, uh, dream come true. Doesn’t make him any less crazy.

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