Wednesday, August 30, 2006
This post belongs in the RGT “Know Thine Enemy” series. It deals with the sly and slithery creature who penned the fifteen Left Behind books: Master Tim LeHaye.
I’m interested in Mr. Tim’s series partly because my sister has been snarfed up and strangled by them, and partly because my society is being polluted and strangled by the sick and slick slyness (try saying that three times in a hurry) they’ve come from. The Left Behind novels describe christians being “Raptured” up to heaven, while the rest of us are “Left Behind” to burn in hell.
"Tim LaHaye, the architect of the Left Behind series … has been one of the most influential activists of the Religious Right for the past three decades. LaHaye has been extremely successful in breaking down American conceptions about the barriers between Church and State, and in bringing churches across the country into political alliance with the Republican Party. LaHaye has been among the leading activists in building coalitions between what has become the socially conservative Religious Right and politically conservative business-minded, free-market Republicans. He has been one of the leading advocates of moving creationism and intelligent design into the public debate….
"Besides this, LaHaye has been influential in defining how his fellow travelers see feminists, homosexuals, and forging the path toward the popularity of painting a stereotypical representation of what 'liberal' means. All of this has been aided by blending these messages with right-wing conspiracy narratives and theories developed in the 1950s through groups like the John Birch Society, which themselves tap further back into such anti-Semitic conspiracy theories as the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. His is an all-out war against what he sees as the secular path towards damnation, not necessarily for individuals, but for American society as a whole
"The fact that the Left Behind books are branded as 'Christian' is also problematic…. These books, after all, are extremely violent…. Not only does the 'Antichrist' [character] in the books personify 'Evil' and wreak bloody havoc on humanity…, the militant 'Christ,' himself … is equal to the 'Antichrist' in the amount of destruction he brings upon the earth….”
From Michael Standaert, “The Novel: Left Behind,” at nthposition.com
All of which fits like a piece in a jigsaw puzzle with a basic RGT premise: Christianity is not a religion, it’s a bloody, violent war machine.