Religious Group's End-Times Ad Causes Uproar (Nashville; June 2020)

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An ostensibly religious group based in Arkansas ran a paid ad in the Nashville Tennessean warning of an Islamic nuclear terror attack within the next month or so.
Tennessee newspaper investigating ‘horrific’ end of times ad

A Tennessee newspaper said Sunday it is investigating what its editor called a “horrific” full-page advertisement from a religious group that predicts a terrorist attack in Nashville next month.

The paid advertisement that appeared in Sunday’s editions of The Tennessean from the group Future For America claims Donald Trump “is the final president of the USA” and features a photo of Trump and Pope Francis. It begins by claiming that a nuclear device would be detonated in Nashville and that the attack would be carried out by unspecific interests of “Islam.”

The group also ran a full-page ad in Wednesday’s editions of the newspaper stating its intention to warn Nashville residents about next month’s event “so that they may be able to make a decision intelligently.” ...

In a story on its website Sunday afternoon, The Tennessean said the ad violated the newspaper’s long-established standards banning hate speech. ...

It was not immediately known how much Future for America paid for the ads. According to its website, the group’s ministry warns of so-called end-of-the-world Bible prophecies whose fulfillment “is no longer future_for it is taking place before our eyes.” ...
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Why Nashville?
 

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Ooh ooh, just posted on the mainstream news story re. the suicide bomb attack in Nashville and remembered this 'ere thread!

So a lone CT-obsessed geezer with an exploding motorhome rather than an Islamist fundamentalist with a nuke... I think the former was perhaps slightly more likely in Nashville and using an RV seems very apt.

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It's next year already, is it time to messy up the thread yet? :crazy: ...
Unless you can specify an angle linking the December 2020 bombing to the Arkansas group's June 2020 ad, I'd suggest any further discussion of the bombing be pursued at:

https://forums.forteana.org/index.php?threads/nashville-bomber-destructive-conspiracy-ideas.67948/

Having said that ... It might be interesting to see if there was any connection between Anthony Warner and the Future for America group that led the group to predict an attack based on something they'd heard from him.
 

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In the US papers the initial kerfuffle over the ad was centered on the incompetence of the advertising staff of the Tennessean in printing the ad to start with, since it was egregious and violated their advertising standards. And they printed it twice. A number of national papers took a shot. The content of the ad itself was not considered remarkable, the client appeared to be a sort of standard extreme sect predicting the end of the world.
 

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That ad reads so terribly. Also is it me or does a lot of fundamentalist Christian rhetoric read like it's using very specific, and not always very meaningful, definitions for some words? Like it's giving more weight to some things than it should on the grounds that an idea is religiously meaningful instead of literally so.
 

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"Disfellowshipped"? Is it too early to award the prize for Awfullyest Wordmangulation of 2021?
It's based on a recognized usage of "fellowship" as a verb:
fellowship
verb
intransitive verb

: to join in fellowship especially with a church member
transitive verb
: to admit to fellowship (as in a church)
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fellowship

... and the addition of 'dis' to mean disengagement is entirely consistent with (e.g.) 'disbar' and 'disenfranchise'.

Having said that ... I'd never encountered this use of "fellowship" before. It seems to have arisen as a neologism during the late 20th century, probably from the evangelical folks.
 

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It's based on a recognized usage of "fellowship" as a verb:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fellowship
Not sure that it's widely recognised. I've definitely never seen it before (and hope that I don't again!). It possibly hasn't gained any traction this side of the pond.

... and the addition of 'dis' to mean disengagement is entirely consistent with (e.g.) 'disbar' and 'disenfranchise'.
Those two are fine, being based on verbs that I do recognise!
 

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"Disfellowshipped"? Is it too early to award the prize for Awfullyest Wordmangulation of 2021?
How about 'Disfellowshipping'. :)

"Disfellowshipping is a term that refers to putting one out of the fellowship, or common group, due to some sin, moral lapse, or unfaithfulness. Although the concept is widely practiced among religious groups of various kinds, this specific term is used in the Church of Christ and the Jehovah’s Witnesses. To be disfellowshipped is to be removed from membership".

https://www.gotquestions.org/disfellowshipping.html
 

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Probably a direct translation from German.
I don't know about that, but it's a word frequently used by the more zealous offshoots of Christianity in reference to the shunning of former co-religionists who said or did something real bad by the group's lights--they've been excluded from the fellowship of believers. The JWs, for example, are big on disfellowshipment of strayed sheep from their flock.
 
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