Excerpts from CNN’s live weekly edition of Gloveless appeared on the screen, displaying a broadcasting space with an oval glass anchor desk above a cylindrical wooden base, with a large seamless video wall in the background, displaying the United Nations headquarters in New York. A skinny journalist wearing an immaculate lustrous yellow shirt sat at between two gentlemen at the far end of the anchor desk. She was a slender, tight shouldered female, with a golden hair, accentuated by her prolonged nods as she spoke and I enjoyed her sight. She looked younger than the two distinguished man seated beside her.
As she elegantly stretched out right hand with her long nails covered by light orange nail varnish, her voluptuous lips stretched out a courteous smile and introduced her companions. Using a vibrant tone and a full bleed smile that conveyed excitement she announced that to her left is Mr Kareem Youssef, a Professor of Theology, whereas to her right is Mr Tom Armstrong, a US Congressman.
After emphasising that the Professor was one of the nine members of the UN Reform Task Force 2027, she asked the Congressman why he was reluctant to endorse The Convention on the Secret Divine Civilisation.
Sitting sideways, with both elbows on the chair armrests, and his elevated hands rubbing against one another, the Congressman ignited the debate by unleashing his gruff tenor voice, in a robotic flat tone of voice, “The Convention on the Secret Divine Civilisation is utopian, and I am very distressed that we are still discussing it. What if this endeavour fails to unite nations and doesn’t meet the world’s expectations, turning into a disastrous venture? It could irreversibly damage the image of the United Nations and all its past efforts.”
“Professor Youssef, do you think that your initiative could undermine the reputation of the United Nations?” the host asked the bearded academician.
“This institution was founded by our forefathers’ collective dream of establishing unity among all nations, and our Task Force proposed a feasible blueprint to realise this. If this initiative fails to meet the world’s expectations, it is the reputation of the Convention’s Producing Board that will be undermined, not that of the United Nations,” the Professor replied calmly, rubbing the other sleeve of his long white robe with his left hand.
“Humankind has already achieved major progress. Free market economy is increasingly uniting humans across the globe. The world is heading in the right direction. I am not convinced that any radical changes are needed at this stage,” Mr Armstrong rebutted swiftly, as his radiant blue eyes conveyed a self-satisfying dominance over his face, leaning backward in a sneering manner.
“Professor Youssef?” the presenter asked.
After he scratched his long grey beard under the chin with his long fingers, the academician replied, “Globalism has allowed products to travel freely around the world, not humans. They are building walls to keep non-American consumers of American products out of their country. Is this your definition of globalism? This is a clear violation of the UN’s Convention on Refugees. Sadly, this practice is concurrent in Europe, too.”
The host’s green eyes strained by the potent studio lighting returned to the screen as she kept looking straight into the centrally positioned camera, radiating her despair by pulling down her thin brown eyebrows, before calling out his name, “Mr Armstrong?”
Mr Armstrong remained mute and his face contained a restrained smile, which was aborted within two seconds. It was one of those smiles that people draw upon their faces, every time they got caught in doing something wrong. He pulled his white sleeves out of his dark blue suit, exposing bulky golden cufflinks. His raised left eyebrow, give the impression that he could neither fill it nor dismiss the professor’s claim.
“This is how democracy works. Regrettably, we are in an unfortunate situation of having to control the influx of illegal immigrants.” the Congressman replied, blinking his eyes uncomfortably. “I understand that as one of the individuals who prepared this convention, Professor Youssef would promote his product, yet their proposal is a one-way ticket into the unknown, which could entail grave consequences for Americans and other nations.”
“Professor Youssef, why are you so insistent that nations adopt your convention?” the presenter asked, turning her slender shoulders to face the person seated on her left side.
The camera zoomed on Professor’s wrinkled face and strained eyes, revealing dense hair peeping out of his flat nose as he raised his bald head with a pony tail at the back several times, looking at the astonishing journalist.
“Considering my old age and weak health, I do not know whether I can undertake more long flights. Therefore, I have to be very blunt in conveying to the American people the necessity for adopting this convention,” Professor Youssef replied and then turned towards the Congressman, “Today, people either believe in science or God. Since you refute science, Mr Armstrong, do you believe in God and the Holy Bible?”
“Of course, I do!” the congressman responded confidently.
“Are you familiar with the Nahum the Elkoshite’s vision, featured in the Holy Bible?” the Professor asked again, gazing upon the congressman with utter defiance, to demolish his counterpart’s next contention.
“Yes, I am.”
“Chapter One of Nahum’s prophesy, The Lord’s Avenging Wrath, describes the apocalypse. In his fifth verse, Nahum states, ‘The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.’ Nahum’s description about the end of life on earth coincides with global warming. Mountains in Antarctica and Greenland are currently quaking and to rising temperatures. The US has contributed enormously to world peace, prosperity, and democracy. It has stood against oppressive regimes that denied citizens the fundamental right to worship God. And yet, today, God-worshipping politicians like yourself continue to blatantly ignore the Holy Bible’s ample warnings about the Apocalypse, whereby God will burn the earth,” Professor Youssef declared, with distinct indignation toward the end of his revelation.
Mr Armstrong quarrelled back instantly as he leaned forward, “Professor Youssef, in case you didn’t know, Nahum’s prophecy refers to the destruction and devastation of the Assyrian empire and its capital city of Nineveh in the year 612 BC.”
“Is that so, Mr Armstrong?” Professor Youssef replied doubtfully. “I also strive to be wrong and that I’m just exaggerating. But you must pay more attention to what’s written, rather than how it’s interpreted!” The professor paused briefly to adjust his thick reading glasses and resumed his reading, ‘The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.’ This verse refers to the burning of our entire planet—not just Nineveh. It speaks explicitly of burning the earth and all that dwell therein. The fact that you are still alive demonstrates that this Biblical prophecy is due to be fulfilled. Therefore, it is vital that we explore every single possibility to avert it.”
Congressman’s face rapidly turned red, as he furiously responded in an utterly authoritative voice, “I believe that climate change is a myth, fabricated by the fear-mongering governments and corrupt scientists, who want to destroy our currency, and since oil is traded exclusively in US Dollars, this will turn them into a worthless paper.”
The Professor bowed his head and gasped profoundly into the bee-sized microphone, clipped between the top two buttons of his robe.
Then he lifted his palms closer to his chest and defied his opponent in a rather despairing articulation, “So, Mr Armstrong, you do not believe in scientific warnings. You do not believe in the Biblical warnings, either. Do you at least, believe your own eyes?”