Tim LaHaye gets apocalyptic in backing Newt Gingrich

Tim LaHaye and his wife Beverly, founder of Ladies Against Women, announced yesterday that they are endorsing former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for the Republican nomination for president.

Tim LaHaye has been an influential power-broker in the religious right and the Republican Party for the past 30 years — this despite the fact that he has also spent those past 30 years assuring us that Jesus was coming back any day now and that the signs and prophecies make it clear that there’s no way we’ll still be here for more than just a few years more at most.

Those who took LaHaye seriously in 1982 would have been surprised that the world was still around in 1992. Those who took LaHaye seriously in 1992 would have been surprised that the world was still around in 2002. Those who took LaHaye seriously in 2002 must be surprised that the world is still around in 2012.

And those who take Tim LaHaye seriously in 2012 must be overlooking everything he’s been saying since 1982.

Right Wing Watch has the text of LaHaye’s letter to Republican voters in South Carolina, in which he compares this election to the 1980 race, when “liberal secularists had brought our nation to the verge of maylieze [sic] and stagnation.” Thanks to himself and the late Jerry Falwell, LaHaye says, “the Moral Majority … helped elect conservative Ronald Regan and with God’s help he changed the direction of our country.”

During the last three years our nation has been led by liberal secularists who have tried their best to remove God from our public square and the elimination of the Biblical principles our founding fathers built this nation on. Their financial policies have already brought us to the brink of bankruptcy and their government policies of over regulation has prolonged our recession and will, if continued for four more years, destroy this country as we know it. Some in this government want to tell churches who they can hire or fire to run their church, which is the very thing our forefathers wanted to keep the King and his government from doing. If we do not change our leaders in the next election we will end up being like the godless socialist countries of Europe. That will so destroy our country in four years that many experts believe we will never be able to reclaim it for moral and physical sanity.

The only way to save America from this perilous European fate is by electing Newt Gingrich president in November.

That is, of course, if the Rapture doesn’t happen before then, when Jesus comes back to take away all the real, true Christians who will never die, leaving behind all the sinful Democrats and Romney supporters to suffer in the Great Tribulation.

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  • Lonespark

    What’s weird to me about the hiring/firing thing is Supreme Court just gave religious organizations really broad power discriminate in hiring and firing for anyone involved in “ministry.”

  • Lonespark

    I’m pretty sure there’s been a considerable decline in dirty postcards, especially since the advent of Teh Internetz.

  • friendly reader

    It depends on when you define the beginning of the Reformation, but David was completed in 1504, while Luther’s nailed his 95 Theses in 1517. You could argue it preceded the Reformation, but only by 13 years. And if you count Hus as the first Reformer, then he was excommunicated in 1409; Wycliffe was even earlier, in 1377.

    Either way, “several generations” is WAY off.

  • No, Poland is great.

  • Anonymous

    As a godless, socialist European, and a citizen of that very country whose King (socialist?) and government wanted LaHaye’s forefathers to abide by the terms of their treaties with the Native Americans, contribute to the cost their own defense against French aggression and allow the East India Company to sell groceries at prices which undercut the local smugglers* tell churches who they can hire or fire to run their church, let me just say that we tried banning dirty postcards, and it didn’t work.


  • P J Evans

    I can spell just fine – but my typing is erratic.

  • P J Evans

     I wonder if he’s confusing the Reformation with the Renaissance? And getting the dates wrong on both?

  • JenL

    In order for spell-check to suggest a correct spelling, you have to get close enough for it to have a clue what you’re trying to spell.  When you’re as far off as “maylieze” …  Well, apparently you just tell yourself that little red underline means Word doesn’t speak French…

  • Does anyone know which states in Europe are “the godless socialist countries” according to Tim LaHaye? I live in Poland so I would like to know if my home counts as one of Lahaye’s boogeymen. :D

    Right now, it’d be countries like Greece, Spain, or Italy – anybody who’s in some economic trouble. See, “godless socialist” is a label applied to people who are Doing It Wrong, and so who gets the label varies depending on what “It” is. Canada, for example, is currently both a staunch ally and actually part of the US, because our oil is officially different from “foreign oil;” we’re currently Doing It Right. Back during the health care debates, we were godless socialists because our universal health care system was Doing It Wrong. 

    I’m not sure where Poland fits into that narrative at the moment. It can be hard to keep track which way the wind is blowing in RightWingLand at any given time.

  • Anonymous

    No, no, Teh Internetz are the work of the devil! They’ve reduced the amount of time people spend on the phone!

  • Lori

    Spellcheck doesn’t help me on some words. I had to google wikipedia for “papier-mâché”.  


    I totally understand. Sometimes my guesses about how a word is spelled don’t get close enough to the actual spelling for the average spellcheck to help. I have used the Google as substitute spellcheck trick many times. 

    Of course one assumes that Tim LaHaye also has the Google, so his inability to spell malaise is still a problem. 

  • Anonymous

    I understand that there are about 10 attempts a year to vandalize it because people find it too…inappropriate.

  • Anonymous

    This letter really led me to think: “Was LaHaye drunk when he wrote this, or did he just not give a damn?”

    I mean, really, misspelling “malaise”? And in such a terrible, terrible way? “Moral and PHYSICAL sanity”? He obviously meant “fiscal”, but how do you bungle it that bad? Speech recognition software? It’s just weird. It’s especially weird for a guy who’s, ostensibly, a writer. Or is it Jenkins that did the writing? Either way, very weird.

  • Anonymous

    Somehow this slipped by me:
    In the book that first gave him prominence, The Battle for the Mind, LaHaye very explicitly cast the Catholic Church as the mother of all abominations, especially Secular Humanism.

    Between that and “maylieze,” I have solid proof for my theory that LaHaye doesn’t know what words are.
    In my mind, now, he’s like Charlie on Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He walks into the office where Jenkins is working and hands him a note.
    Jenkins reads the note and it says:
    “EBOWF. England planes. What? Big bomb booooooooom! Horseman 3. Traffic jam!”

    Before Jenkins can say anything, LaHaye tells him to pad it out into the last chapter of the book and walks out.

  • Anonymous

    Wait, isn’t Gingrich a Catholic, and thus (to LaHaye and his ilk) not a real, true Christian?

    See, this isn’t just LaHaye- its endemic, apparently, to Republican politicians. They literally don’t care what they say, because they know they’ll never be called on it, because they’ve got an (R) after their name, and they invoke Jeeezus, and its all good.

     If they make it through the primaries, they’re guaranteed pretty much all the registered Republican votes. If Bill Richardson had suddenly reversed his stance on something in 2008, we never would’ve heard the end of it.  But Republicans, apparently, don’t do that. (Unless you’ve got a black baby.  Then you’re screwed. )

    AND, in addition to that, their compatriots are so sleazy, none of them CAN call each other out- if Ron Paul calls Gingrich a slimeball (which he is) Gingrich can call Paul a racist (which he is.)

  • Anonymous

    AND, in
    addition to that, their compatriots are so sleazy, none of them CAN call
    each other out- if Ron Paul calls Gingrich a slimeball (which he is)
    Gingrich can call Paul a racist (which he is.)

    Paul pretty much did that on a regular basis on Iowa, and Gingrich (like all of his fellow candidates) didn’t say one word about Paul’s racism issues. Which was probably a smart move — Paul made racist comments several decades ago, while Gingrich continues to make them as recently as a few weeks ago.

    It would be trivial for Paul to disavow those comments completely, either blaming Rockwell or some staffer or an overzealous intern — it wouldn’t be the most convincing story in the world but it would be enough of a fig leaf to protect him from the worst of the criticism. Gingrich doesn’t have that option – he repeated his dog whistle comments often and repeatedly, in front of a camera and in full view of millions of voters.

  • Daughter

    IIRC, crime rates, drug use and premarital sex/out of wedlock births increased in the  ’70s and 80s. But they have been going down since the ’90s, even as society has become more secular and accepting of QUILTBAG rights. So if they want to tie the latter to crime, drugs and unwed births, they’re out of luck.

  • Lori

    “It is really “Ladies Against Women”. It’s just not called that.”

    Is it Maddow that calls them the “Guys at Concerned Women for America”?  

    Yes, I think that’s Maddow’s line. My favorite is from blogger Joe Jervis who greets every press release from them with “Concerned Women are Concernstipated”.   

  • Lori

    Breaking News: Tony Perkins (leader of the hate group Family Research Council) has just announced that Rick Santorum is the choice of conservatives and Evangelicals, who apparently had a meeting in Texas and didn’t invite Tim LaHaye or the Ladies Against Women. 

    It’s funny when mean people fight each other. 

  • Anonymous

    If we do not change our leaders in the next election we will end up being like the godless socialist countries of Europe.

    But on the other hand, there’s probably a downside that I’m not seeing.

  • A Thought: Does LaHaye’s support of Gingrich just boil down to “I support him because he is old”? I could see LaHaye being the kind of guy who grates at the idea of supporting those young whippersnappers (Paul is ofc older, but unpalatable for other reasons)

  • runsinbackground

    And their web-design sucks horribly. I kinda wanted to look at some of those pictures :(

  • Starrise

    You left out “Millenium hand and shrimp! The gubmint!”

  • That could be! LaHaye is about 20 years older than all of the candidates except for Ron Paul, but Gingrich is only a couple of years older than Perry and Romney.

  • P J Evans

     I’ll take ‘speech recognition software’ and someone who may have a regional accent, y’all.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t suppose you have a useful outhouse you could hang it up in? Although, now that I remember the outside lavatory we had when I was a kid ~ cold, dark and full of ommigawd SPIDERS ~ the addition of apocalyptic “literature” would probably have left me with lifelong constipation.

  • Matri

    Even using a speech recognition software, surely you’d take the care & effort to give it a once-over, right?

    … Oh wait. This is LaHaye we’re talking about, right? Forget I said anything.

  • Jeffrey Kramer

    No, it was definitely the Reformation; I can’t remember whether he said the statue porn was there to “counter” the Reformation or maybe to pre-empt the first stirrings of the Reformation, and I’ve long since returned the library book, but….

    Well, maybe you shouldn’t accept my version unchecked. :-)

  • Jeffrey Kramer

    But they would only be out of luck — in terms of the success of the fear-mongering and fund-raising — if their target audience was more influenced by statistics than by years and years of headlines.

  • Anonymous

    Poisoning the minds of youth with Michelangelo’s David?  Michelangelo? Really? Donatello’s David, maybe.

  • The Lodger

    Dear Mr. LaHaye,
    I have been deriving tremendous comfort from one of your Left Behind books ever since we hung it up in our outhouse two months ago. Unfortunately, there are only 50 pages left and we’ll need to replace it in a couple of weeks.

    Could you recommend a replacement? Due to the internet it’s hard to find Sears Roebuck catalogs anymore.

    A satisfied user

  • Consumer Unit 5012

    Poland used to be part of the Godless Commie Evil Empire, so I’m guessing yeah, you’re still Godless Socialist Mordor as far as LaHaye’s concerned.

  • Myrkin

    So when LaHaye goes to sleep, he checks his closet for Poland? :)

  • Alicia

    I think everyone does that, actually. There’s nothing worse than waking up at like 4:00 am, groggy and confused, and opening your closet only to have an entire country — buildings, earth, and all — flooding out into your bedroom.

    (Homeowner’s insurance rarely covers the damage too).

  • P J Evans

    It sounds about his level of expertise, though. ‘That sounds about right, let’s go with it’, when his secretary or assistant or whoever raised the question about wasn’t the reformation earlier than that….

  • P J Evans

     The annual Giant Economy Issue of ‘Brides’ magazine should do it. (It’s about 400 pages, and mail carriers hate it.) Or talk to your local beaders about some of their outdated supply catalogs.

  • I was reminded of the Franco-Prussian War using anthropomorphic countries. XD

  • Cissa

    “Ladies Against Women” was originally a feminist satire organization.

  • Cissa

    “Ladies Against Women” was originally a feminist satire organization.