Name: Albert Arnold Gore, Jr.
Birth: March 31, 1948, Washington, D.C., the son of a moderate Democratic U.S. congressman and later senator from Tennessee.
Claim to Fame: Served as U.S. congressman from Tennessee’s 4th District from 1977 to 1985, where he became the first congressman to appear on C-SPAN and “invented the Internet” as sponsor of the High Performance Computing and Communication Act of 1991; served as U.S. senator from Tennessee from 1985-93; ran for the Democratic nomination for President in 1988; was elected Vice President on a ticket with Bill Clinton in 1992, and served until 2001; ran for President against George W. Bush in 2000 and received a majority of popular votes cast, but lost the electoral vote to Bush after a ballot recount in Florida and a controversial decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Bush’s favor; retired from politics (mostly) to become an activist on global warming issues; in 2007, Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Truth, won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature; and, also in 2007, he won an Emmy for his role in founding Current TV, and the Nobel Peace Prize.
Power Base: 50,999,897 disappointed American voters in the 2000 presidential election; environmentalists; and, apparently, members of the Academies of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Television Arts & Sciences and the Nobel Committee.
Google Hits: 269,000 hits for “al gore antichrist” on October 14, 2007
Merits: There has been a definite spike in searches for “Al Gore antichrist” landing people here on this site since Friday’s announcement of the former Vice President’s Nobel Peace Prize, prompting us here at the Cocktail Hour to take another look at his antichrist candidacy.
- We first alluded to Al Gore’s merits as the antichrist back in July 2006, when we quoted Christian radio host Woodrow Kroll on the possibility of the antichrist being a popular environmental leader. This notion was consistent with the statement, in March 2007, by 78-year old Roman Catholic Cardinal Giacomo Biffi that the antichrist will be “a pacifist, ecologist and ecumenist” that “the masses” will follow.
- Since his loss in 2000, Gore has managed to remake himself in remarkable fashion, as described in a recent Rolling Stone article:
He has put aside his wooden, policy-wonk demeanor to emerge as the Bush administration’s most eloquent critic. And thanks to An Inconvenient Truth, Gore is not only the most impassioned leader on the most urgent crisis facing the planet, he’s also a Hollywood celebrity, the star of the third-highest-grossing documentary of all time. “He’s perceived very differently now than he was six years ago,” says Frank Luntz, the Republican consultant who advised George W. Bush to dispute global warming during the 2000 and 2004 elections. “He’s an icon. Imagine that: Al Gore, Mr. Straight and Narrow, Mr. Dull on Wheels — now he’s culturally cool.”
- According to mathematics writer Eli Eshoh, Al Gore is the antichrist because his name in ASCII Code translates as follows:
al gore = 97 + 108 + 32 + 103 + 111 + 114 + 101 = 666
“I am convinced that Al Gore has sold his soul to the devil,” Eshoh continues. “He is noted for his wooden appearance, something that makes me suspect he is nothing but a puppet being manipulated by Satan.”
- Dr. Rusty “Joe” Shackleford proposes the following reading of Revelations in light of Al Gore’s affiliation with Google:
Rev 13:16 and he [Al Gore, the inventor of the internet and soon to be partner with Google] causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: [url recognized by Google's search bot, I'm sure]
Rev 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. [You think any online business would work without Google? How about an online provider of news and opinion without Google News? Think about it.]
Rev 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number [is] Six hundred threescore [and] six. [Google=6 letters; Search=6 letters; Al Gore=6 letters......]
Along similar lines, other commentators note that, since the numerical value of W is ‘6,’ and “www” is the equivalent of “666,” as the “inventor of the Internet,” Al Gore has the mark of the Beast.
- In 2000, Sterling Allan analyzed Gore’s numerology and explored the penumbra of definitions of the word “gore” in the English language (such as “mass of filth” or “blood,”; and “to pierce or penetrate with a pointed instrument” or “horns”), juxtaposed against Old Testament lexicons, and concluded that Al Gore could represent “the use of tyrannical force to bring about a counterfeit of this unification of the world.”
- Gore, in his book Earth in the Balance, wrote that “we must all become partners in a bold effort to change the very foundation of our civilization,” a suggestion that writer Samantha Smith assails as advocating a New World Order, one “who would strip America of its progress and industry, incorporate population control, establish an international police guard to enforce compliance of international laws on the environment, and lead a battalion of interfaith advocates in earth stewardship–rationing the ‘sacred’ earth’s resources.” Smith sees these ambitions as being consistent with the spiritual goals of a New Age Movement that would denounce God in favor of a worship of nature.
Quay Fortuna’s Analysis: The fact that a Republican tells Rolling Stone that Al Gore is “cool” does not make it so — although, you have to admit, it’s like he became a new person after 2000. His remarkable transformation, however, only really supports the notion that he sold his soul to the devil right after the 2000 election. I mean, come on, would anyone have predicted that Al Gore could have ever received an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Nobel Peace Prize, let alone in the same year? Anyone taking odds that he might win an Olympic gold medal? Don’t bet against it!
Those with short memories have already forgotten that his popular vote in the 2000 election was a close one, and that even many Democrats were disappointed with Gore as a presidential candidate at the time. If we must, as the scholars suggest, see the antichrist as a charming and beloved figure, we must ask ourselves the following question: Is it possible that before his election loss in 2000, Al Gore would not have been capable of being the antichrist, but now that he’s a Hollywood celeb and talk show bon vivant, he is now suddenly capable of being the antichrist? I think the preferred view would be that the antichrist is going to be the antichrist from birth onward. And no antichrist worth his salt would have allowed himself to be so overshadowed by the devilishness of Bill Clinton for eight years.