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More on fundie game Left Behind: Eternal Forces

In a follow-up post to his awesome revelation (pun intended) about the ties to megachurch pastor Rick Warren to the new Left Behind: Eternal Forces video game, The Purpose Driven Life Takers, Talk To Action‘s Jonathan Hutson goes deeper into the connections with Violent Video Marketed Through Mega-Churches .

Jonathan emailed me today about this latest post. He had so many hits from the first blog on this that the traffic (40K in one day) crashed his server. This installment is a great, long piece that is worth the read. Here’s a snippet of his coverage on the insanity of Left Behind: Eternal Forces.

Okay, so we’ve got Christian paramilitary forces loose on the streets of New York, fighting to turn the United States into a theocracy, and shouting “Praise the Lord!” as they blow away those who refuse to convert. In the virtual world of Left Behind only the conservative Evangelical Christians were “raptured” – spirited into heaven for the big Super Bowl party and skybox seats to the ultimate battle between absolute theocracy and the absolutely AntiChrist. So who’s “left behind” to blow away? Catholics, mainstream moderate Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, atheists, suspiciously well-groomed men, lesbians, and conservative Evangelicals who are closet gays. (As Congressman Barney Franks (D-Massively Funny) has said, “Throw the gays out of church? Who do you think has been playing the damn organ all these years?”) Blowing away these good folk (“Praise the Lord!”) – is that supposed to be the “Christian stuff” or the “cool stuff”?

How about this nifty game feature: the bodies of slain New Yorkers don’t disappear after a battle, and no one gives them a decent burial. Instead, the festering corpses just keep piling up: left behind. Is that “Christian” or “cool”? Or how about this: The game portrays the United Nations – hello again, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Catholics, and Jews – as the headquarters of the demonic forces of the AntiChrist, who is spawned by DNA from two gay lovers (hello, Greenwich Village!). So nice to see you all, my errant, resisting brothers and sisters. BLAM! BLAM! “Praise the Lord!”

Mr. Lynch explains in an interview with the video game industry site GameDailyBiz how parents can spend quality time with their children by sharing the joys of infidel cleansing, paramilitary style. He also avers that violence and Christian entertainment naturally – and profitably — go hand in hand.

“Left Behind Games was established on the belief that given the choice, people will voluntarily choose games with positive moral elements. We just need to make sure the Christian games are as fun to play as other games. Only one of the top twenty grossing movies of all time was rated R, and that movie was The Passion of the Christ.

“It is my opinion that Christian games can only make a positive difference in our culture if they portray the Jesus of the Bible; a caring loving person who didn’t come to condemn, but to save. This message will reach our youth…and the best way we can show the youth we care, is by spelling love as TIME. As parents, we need to be connected with our kids and video games provide a great opportunity for us to do this on a regular basis.”

Oh, “positive moral elements,” is it? “Caring and loving” quality time? Then how does he explain that his game allows children to switch perspectives and command the demonic soldiers of the AntiChrist, who (I’m not making this up) feast on the Christians. How is that caring and loving? What kind of quality time is that? What deity are the Dads and lads supposed to praise as the demonic forces at their command drink the blood of Christian theocratic militia members?

* ‘Left Behind’ video game — God Gameth, God Bloweth Away

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