So I'm at Slate, minding my own business, trying to decide what bit of thought-provoking and pithy commentary to click on, when all of a sudden an animated GIF ad flashes in the lower left-hand corner of the screen.
"Is this a sign of End Times?"
"Find out from Tim LaHaye and other End Times Scholars"
"Subcribe to the Left Behind Prophecy Club"
Dude, I'm totally in! I clicked.
"Will WAR IN IRAQ launch an unstoppable chain of events that lead to ARMAGEDDON? Find out when you subscribe."
And then you have to enter your email address to find out more. I did. $29.95. That's how much it costs to find out if WAR IN IRAQ will launch an unstoppable chain of events that lead to ARMAGEDDON.
So, sorry, I can't tell you the answer to that question. But, just guessing here, I think the answer might be something along the lines of "Yes, quite possibly."
Just in case you're some kind of Jew, Muslim or other devil worshipper who doesn't know who Tim LaHaye is, he's the novelist who has turned the New Testament's Revelation to John into United States foreign policy. Well, not exactly. One hopes.
The Left Behind books are adventures set in the Biblical End Times--a violent and spectacular period in the future, during which you are probably going to endure some kind of horrible heathen fate--and inspire this kind of reaction (from an Amazon reader review):
- Okay, I'll admit I'm hooked on the Left Behind Series. I've now read all eleven books, and I'll definitely read the last one when it's released. There's enough good content to peak my interest and keep me going through the boring parts. It's like being hooked on a soap opera. I'm too caught up in the story and the characters to stop caring now.
and this one (ditto):
- However, while I'll continue to read the Left Behind series, I have to agree with those who say that "The Christ Clone Trilogy" by James BeauSeigneur and "Conquest of Paradise" by Britt Gillette are better books and much more realistic end times scenarios. As an added bonus, since "The Christ Clone Trilogy" and "Conquest of Paradise" are both complete stories, you don't have to worry about the rapture coming before you finish reading them!
If you don't quite understand, as I do, how toxic such seemingly harmless fun can be, well, good for you. Enjoy your happy little world.