NRA: Like there’s no tomorrow

Nicolae: The Rise of Antichrist; pp. 126-127

In real life, the problem with most energy and environmental policy is that it’s too short-sighted. Here in the world of Left Behind, Nicolae Carpathia has the opposite problem. His energy and environmental policies are not short-sighted enough.

The Antichrist’s first mention of his new policies for oil and energy is a bit silly, but at least it’s something we can comprehend:

“I am also initiating a one-dollar-per-barrel tax on oil at the well, plus a ten-cents-per-gallon tax at the pump on gasoline.”

This is another of Nicolae’s many “Dr. Evil” moments — “One million dollars!” This new tax on oil and gas is meant to be evidence of Carpathia’s tyrannical nature, but it’s unlikely most people will really notice, since both costs are well within the range of normal volatility. He’s supposed to be the epitome of cruelty and evil. Seems like that ought to involve a bit more than prices at the pump rising from $3.67 to $3.77 a gallon.

But the Antichrist’s next little bit about oil really gets confusing. This will take a bit of work to unpack:

“As you know, the second largest pool of oil, second only to the one in Saudi Arabia, was discovered above the Prudhoe Bay in Alaska. … The Global Community will appropriate the vast oil fields in Alaska, including that huge pool. Years ago it was capped off to satisfy environmentalists; however, I have ordered teams of laborers into the region to install a series of sixteen-inch pipelines that would route that oil through Canada and to waterways where it could be barged to international trade centers. We already own the rights to oil in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Iran, and the rest of the Middle East. That gives us control of two-thirds of the world’s oil supply.

“We will gradually but steadily raise the price of oil, which will further finance our plans to inject social services into underprivileged countries and make the world playing field equal for everyone. From oil alone, we should be able to profit at a rate of about one trillion dollars per year.”

Some parts of that are impossible and baffling. Other parts of it are infuriating. In places it’s both. It seems that Nicolae’s grand plan is to raise the price of oil by rushing more of it to market so that his one-world government Global Community won’t be dependent on foreign oil. Once again I’m deeply confused, but not quite as confused as the authors and their characters seem to be.

Let’s start with the notion that Nicolae Carpathia’s totalitarian one-world government controls only “two-thirds of the world’s oil supply.” Who could possibly control the other third of it? Is it multinational oil companies like Exxon/Mobil? How are they still around under the evil reign of the Antichrist?

Apparently, just like Pan-Continental Airlines, those multinationals continue to operate as powerful, independent, private enterprises. It seems that after abolishing all national sovereignty, instituting global disarmament, a single world government, single currency, single language, single religion, and single, state-controlled media monopoly, the Antichrist chose not to interfere with Wall Street and the other “international trade centers.” One would think that all three words of that phrase — international trade centers — would be meaningless here, but it seems that the Great Tribulation is not a market holiday.

This is a strange surprise in an apocalypse created by long-time John Birch Society member Tim LaHaye. It was there, among the Birchers, that LaHaye learned to view the United Nations through the lens of paranoid conspiracy theories he then turned around and imposed onto the book of Revelation. But the whole point of that conspiracy was that the UN was the first step toward a socialist one-world government. LaHaye’s Antichrist-led OWG is, by contrast, remarkably capitalist.

I can’t figure out quite what to make of the sneering at “environmentalists” here either. I thought that environmentalists — like the UN, and pacifists, and every other kind of liberal — were supposed to be part of the conspiracy paving the way for the eventual reign of the Antichrist. Yet here the Antichrist himself seems to regard them with the same contempt he expressed for evangelists and real, true Christians. If the Antichrist hates environmentalists, doesn’t that make them the Good Guys? Here is the Antichrist undoing the environmental agenda of conservation, so doesn’t that mean Christians today ought to be fighting for conservation as part of our “Tribulation Force” agenda of opposing the coming Antichrist?

That general principle is clearly at work in the following paragraph, where Nicolae reiterates his support for “social services [in] underprivileged countries.” It seems there that his enthusiasm for such efforts is meant as a warning to Christian readers not to support such an agenda.

The weird phrasing there reflects the authors’ incurious ignorance about what aid and development really look like. Their only idea of any effort to assist poor people is through some vague sort of “social services” — some dependency-inducing bureaucratic program wasting our tax-dollars on handouts for the undeserving poor. That’s what that phrase “social services” connotes here — an international version of their mythological caricature of anti-poverty efforts as food stamps that strapping young bucks and welfare queens can spend on alcohol, color TVs and Cadillacs. (I said color TVs and not flat-screen TVs because I’m guessing Tim LaHaye hasn’t bothered to update the technology in this right-wing fantasy since the Reagan Era.)

I suppose Nicolae’s betrayal of environmentalism here is meant to parallel his betrayal of pacifism earlier in the book — meaning that it’s not a betrayal at all, but an unmasking of the true nature of all supposed environmentalists and pacifists. LaHaye believes that one day soon the real Antichrist will rise, just like Nicolae in these books, by preaching a message of pacifism and disarmament. And then, having lulled everyone into a false sense of security, he will turn around and make war on a world no longer able to defend itself.

But LaHaye is not suggesting that the Antichrist will be a counterfeit pacifist. He believes, rather, that pacifism is always counterfeit — that all pacifists are like this, deviously pretending to be peace-loving and nonviolent until the world lets its guard down and they can strike. This is another place where LaHaye’s Bircher roots can be seen — another remnant of the Cold War paranoia that sees all talk of peace and diplomacy as appeasement by dupes, fellow-travelers and fifth-column spies.

But the biggest problem with the plans that Nicolae outlines above is that he is, in fact, the Antichrist, and he’s now more than half-way through the second year of his reign. And that means that human history has just under five and a half years remaining.

Consider what that fact means for Nicolae’s proposed oil and energy policies.

Among other things, it makes his whole Prudhoe Bay project a waste of precious time. He’s correct in no longer caring about the conservation of natural resources or wilderness habitats. Conservation is pointless here. But so is drill, baby, drill. By the time his new pipeline gets built and this oil is ready for transport, Killer Jesus will already have landed on the Mount of Olives to close the curtain on human history.

This vast new pool of oil isn’t necessary in Nicolae’s world. Energy scarcity is no longer a problem. Time scarcity has replaced it. If the world has 30 years’ worth of oil left, but only five years’ worth of years left, then for all intents and purposes, the world now has an infinite supply of oil.

The Antichrist doesn’t seem to realize that this changes everything. Think of all the current limits and drawbacks of our dependence on fossil fuels here in the real world. They present huge problems regarding both wells and sinks. The wells are running dry and the sinks are filling up. We can’t go on burning oil like there’s no tomorrow because tomorrow we might run out of the stuff and because future generations will be saddled with a poisoned environment and an altered climate.

But Nicolae doesn’t have to worry about tomorrow or about future generations. He’s only got about 2,000 tomorrows left, and he doesn’t have to care about future generations because: A) he’s evil, and B) there won’t be any. He doesn’t need to go around singing, “I believe the children are our future” because the future evaporated in this story right about the same time all the children did.

There’s a sense in which I find it encouraging that the authors don’t seem to have given much thought to any of this. It would have made for a better story if they had bothered to work out all the implications of the constrained future facing Nicolae’s government, but it’s probably much better for us here in the real world that they haven’t.

Tim LaHaye says that our remaining time is short. The Rapture, he insists, could occur at any moment. Like most premillennial dispensationalist “Bible prophecy scholars,” LaHaye believes that the Rapture and the consequent End of the World is prophesied to come within one “generation” of the restoration of the nation of Israel — a prophecy they insist was fulfilled with the creation of the modern state of Israel in 1948. In the 1970s, Hal Lindsey and many other popularizers of these prophecy schemes said that a biblical generation was 40 years — a number repeated with great enthusiasm up until 1988 had come and gone. It’s been almost 65 years since the modern state of Israel gained its independence, but that PMD belief in “one generation” persists, and in the minds of people like Tim LaHaye, the clock is ticking ever closer.

That has an influence on Tim LaHaye’s politics — and on the politics of the millions of people who read his books. It encourages them to disregard long-term thinking and to dismiss long-term concerns — particularly with regard to the very kinds of energy and environmental matters discussed in this section of Nicolae. But this influence has mostly been vague and general — as hazy and hasty as the plans of LaHaye’s fictional Antichrist described above.

And I suppose that’s good. Or, at least, that it’s better than if they had given this more thought and really begun to plan a detailed agenda for using up the last of the Earth’s resources during what they insist are the final decades before the Rapture and the end of time.

So we’ve seen that Tim LaHaye’s ideology and mythology provide him two reasons to oppose environmentalism and the conservation of resources. First because it’s pointless and wasteful to conserve resources for future generations when an imminent Rapture means there won’t be such generations or such a future. And second because he suspects environmentalism is part of the UN conspiracy to gradually usher in the one-world government which will one day be ruled by the Antichrist.

LaHaye’s anti-environmentalism is ironic, considering that Revelation is his favorite book of the Bible. It’s there, in Revelation, that we read this:

The nations raged,
but your wrath has come,
and the time for judging the dead,
for rewarding your servants, the prophets
and saints and all who fear your name,
both small and great,
and for destroying those who destroy the earth.

If I believed that the book of Revelation must be read “literally,” then I’d be a little more careful about siding with “those who destroy the earth.”

 

  • http://shiftercat.livejournal.com/ ShifterCat

    He seems to think that the environmentalists’ main purpose is to raise prices and make life miserable for Americans.

    That’s kind of what I was thinking.  But it would make far more sense for Nicky to say, “We’re going to shut down every drill and mining operation that currently exists, hoard all the world’s fossil fuels, and charge exorbitant prices for said fuels, all in the name of saving the environment.  Mwahahahaha.”

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    The inconsistent worldbuilding really is bothersome here.

    L&J either need to convincingly portray a person who is so determined to prove they are the peacemaker-in-sheep’s-clothing (why hello, Christ Clone), or they need to have a person who knows they rule the world and don’t give a damn what happens to ordinary people as long as the world ruler can plunder the Earth’s resources for his benefit, and in doing so, check off Revelation one by one.

    I mean, it’s not like the historical examples (cough STALIN cough) are hard to find.

  • http://twitter.com/Jenk3 Jen K

     I’ve got a theory
    That it’s a demon
    A dancing demon
    No, something isn’t right there…

  • alfgifu

    Hell, Nicolae could just go on television, do a bad comedy skit (or recite the states in reverse alphabetical order or something), maybe rope in a few celebrites and take donations electronically. – See more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2013/03/01/nra-like-theres-no-tomorrow/#disqus_thread

    Red Nose Day has never seemed so sinister.

  • http://twitter.com/FearlessSon FearlessSon

    My reading of it is thus:  

    I think that Nicky McKinley considers environmentalists to be “useful idiots”, benefiting his cause with their naive earnest efforts, and by extension that is how Tim LaHaye sees them.  Their efforts to impede oil drilling prevent that oil from being tapped and owned, which in turn allows Nicky to sweep and and claim it immediately since his OWG allows him to simply cut through any bureaucracy, legal barriers, and market forces to just do what he wants.  

    The only reason that I can think of for him wanting to tap all this new oil is to help flood the market.  Naturally this depresses oil prices, but by controlling the supply and increasing its availability at a rate he can set he is able to gradually increase the tax rate on the oil while keeping the overall price of it stable.  I am not sure that would compute out (I would need more economic chops to analyze that conclusively) but that is the only thing I can think of that he might be trying to do. here  

    And honestly, if Nicky can build an entire city in the middle of the desert from scratch in about a year, I think he can build an oil industry in the Alaskan wilderness in a few months.  I can only imagine that these massive construction projects are made possible by forced labor.  Massive armies of workers abducted from their homes in various places around the world, thrown into a cargo container with a bunch of other people they do not know, put on a plane and shipped to their destination, working eighteen hour shifts behind razor wire encrusted fences under the watchful eye of heavily armed guards under face-concealing riot gear, and when construction is finished they get sent to the “showers” so nobody lives to tell their brutal story…

    … yeah, I can see several projects of unprecedented scale like that as being worthy of The Guy More Evil Than Hitler.  

  • flat

    And now I to think about rayford as air security officer and buck as propaganda officer during that massive construction project

  • fraser

     I’m reminded of a Flaming Carrot comic book in which he drives off alien invaders by explaining that once they own property they’ll have to pay tax on it. “But if you have the power to tax—you have the power to destroy! We must flee your world!”

  • fraser

     Ooh, do tell us when they’re out.

  • Ken

     

    They own everything. It’s not like they can own stuff any harder than they already do.

    So not so much Looney Tunes as Challenge of the Superfriends, where the Legion of Doom would collect all the money in the world and put it in a giant vault.  “Ha ha ha!” Luthor, Toyman, and Bizarro would chortle, “Now we are the richest people on Earth!”  Only not so much, because money is only a medium of exchange and they aren’t exchanging it with anyone else.

  • Steph

    If the aid is a loan from the IMF, then it may be a cover for something sinister.

  • spinetingler

    I’d like to thank whomever recommended “The Last Dancer” in a previous thread. I’m about halfway through it and thoroughly enjoying the read.

  • http://heathencritique.wordpress.com/ Ruby_Tea

    I would LOVE to watch a series of Left Behind spoofs starring the looney toons, with the anti-christ played by a Wiley Coyote (not the super genius one, the one that only communicates with signs).

    I am no great fan of Looney Tunes, but at least they want us to laugh at things that are funnier than…oh, let’s say, Chloe laughing at Leon Fortunato when he trips over a cord on the floor.  (This actually happens.)

  • Turcano

    What is this “may be?”

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    Oh my God. I can’t believe what sophomorically asinine depths of superficial ridiculousness L&J expect us to believe constitutes ~brave resistance~ to Nicolae.

    /(>_<)p

    (hand on forehead, thumbs down.)

  • Launcifer

    Personally, I’m now waiting for the moment when Nicky Mons Agnes inexplicably orders his flight crew to strip down to their underwear and chase him around the ‘plane while one of his co-conspirators plays Yakety Sax on a battered old eight track.

  • esmerelda_ogg

    Disqus has apparently added a script so that any time I copy and paste…a hyperlink is added…I ended up with twenty copies that only showed up after I hit submit. – Tybult (NOTE this quote had to be typed in because of the problem Tybult describes – hope I didn’t make any major typos)

    Re Disqus – I ran into the same problem (on a different thread) Saturday morning – wound up retyping the text I wanted to copy and paste, and then after publishing had to edit out all those quote-plus-hyperlink messes. Why, Disqus? WHY?

  • EllieMurasaki

    Not Disqus, I understand. ShareThis.

  • esmerelda_ogg

     Invisible Neutrino – thanks for the cut-and-paste workaround.

  • esmerelda_ogg

     

    I can’t tell you why he doesn’t control those things (labor and production), since he really should – D Johnston

    Considering how bad he is at strategy, maybe he hasn’t gotten around to reintroducing serfdom yet because all his attention has been on the one and only one world language project instead? Oh, and rebuilding Babylon.

  • esmerelda_ogg

    @EllieMurasaki – ShareThis??? What’s that?

  • EllieMurasaki

    Thing at bottom of post with buttons to share on Facebook, tweet to Twitter, etc.

  • esmerelda_ogg

     @EllieMurasaki – Thanks. It’s still thoroughly annoying, but thank you for the explanation.

  • http://blog.trenchcoatsoft.com Ross

     

    I think that Nicky McKinley considers environmentalists to be “useful
    idiots”, benefiting his cause with their naive earnest efforts, and
    by extension that is how Tim LaHaye sees them.  Their efforts to impede
    oil drilling prevent that oil from being tapped and owned, which in turn
    allows Nicky to sweep and and claim it immediately since his OWG allows
    him to simply cut through any bureaucracy, legal barriers, and market
    forces to just do what he wants. 

    That probably isn’t far off, but remember, Ellenjay do not believe that anyone who doesn’t believe as they do “really truly passionately sincerely” believes what they claim to believe. There can be no “naive earnest efforts” by environmentalists because no environmentalist earnestly believes in environmentalism — they must all secretly agree that the systematic destruction of the planet is Just Fine, but maintain their positon purely to annoy Jesus and/or Real True American Patriot Capitalist Christians.

  • http://blog.trenchcoatsoft.com Ross

     There was a made-for-tv kids movie I saw years ago where a kid gets a wish from some wish-granting entity and asks for all the money in the world, which he gets, but can not remove from his property. This nearly starts wars.

    But at one point, the nations of the world decide to just devalue the old currency and strart using monopoly money. But the leprechaun declares that as soon as you start using something as a medium of exchange, it de facto becomes money, and the monopoly money turns into greenbacks and vanishes to the kid’s lawn.

  • http://heathencritique.wordpress.com/ Ruby_Tea

    Hence the non-RTC Left Behinds all glomming onto the Enigma Babylon faith.  Because why wouldn’t they?  They didn’t really believe the tenets of Judaism or Wicca or Islam or Buddhism, and they didn’t really not believe in any gods, so why wouldn’t they join the new shiny thing?

    Whenever I wonder if anyone might be too hard on LaJenkins, I just watch this video.  If nothing else, the hypocrisy is just breathtaking: oh, those evil atheists, using the written word to argue their position!  Thank goodness we’ve never done anything so devious!

    http://www.beliefnet.com/Video/Faiths/Christianity/Personalities-K-to-Z/Tim-Lahaye-And-Jerry-Jenkins-The-Problem-With-Atheism.aspx

    (Bonus points for Jenkins saying he respects agnostics, who are “honestly looking.”  Because you know how those lying atheists are…)

  • Carstonio

    Even Rittenhouse in Diane Carey’s Dreadnought! was more credible as an aspiring tyrant. He gave one short, flowery speech that was more effective at selling tyranny disgusted as utopia. Carey left all the flogging of her libertarianism to her stand-in. Nicolas’s bashing of environmentalists makes no sense. I would have expected Ellanjay to have their villain describe free enterprise as the obstacle to saving the planet. Again, I suspect not just incompetent writing but also incompetent collaboration.

  • Vermic

    Except, contrary to what we’d assumed last week, he doesn’t control all the resources in the world. We know now that he doesn’t control all the oil; it’s safe to assume that he has also failed to seize other important, if less sexy resources. And he obviously doesn’t control all the labor and production since he’s still paying for those things.

    The only sense in which Nicolae does not own the oil in Alaska is in the sense that it’s underground and he has to physically go and acquire it.  Effectively it’s his already, because whenever he wants that oil he can just point and say “gimme” and it’s gotten for him, and he doesn’t have to ask permission from anybody.  If you can make up new currencies, establish religions and languages, and nuke your own cities without answering to anyone, then you are in charge in every meaningful sense of the phrase.  Any limits on Nicky’s ability to obtain the Alaskan oil or anything else are entirely self-imposed, for reasons known only to him.  As for paying for stuff, he can print as many colorful slips of paper with his picture on them any time he likes, in any quantity he likes.  Money is no issue and it’s certainly not a meaningful goal.

    So my only explanations for Nicky’s profit scheme are that he’s either too dumb to realize that he can just have whatever he wants; or he’s being Byzantine for its own sake, like he doesn’t have enough intrigue to fill his day with.

    Of course I know the real reason is that Ellenjay are not really writing about their fictional character or their near-future world, they’re writing about contemporary real-world politics.  It’s code: Nicolae taxes harshly and enriches himself under the cover of “fairness” because that’s what Ellenjay think liberals do.  It doesn’t make sense for Nicky to do this, but after the reader puts the book down and sees a Democrat on TV talking about taxes, they want the reader to associate this with SATAN and Nicky’s ill-gotten trillions.

    So not so much Looney Tunes as Challenge of the Superfriends, where the Legion of Doom would collect all the money in the world and put it in a giant vault.

    Yes!  And to continue the crappy-comic parallels, Nicky is also like those supervillains who have universe-shaking powers and inventions, like dark sorcery or time lasers, and then use these abilities to: rob banks.  In TV Tropes lingo, this would be the Cut Nicolae Carpathia a Check trope.

    You know, I’ve heard it said about Newt Gingrich that he is a dumb person’s idea of what a smart person is like.  Nicolae Carpathia is a dumb person’s idea of what a powerful person is like.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jrandyowens Randy Owens

    Ah, that would explain why I haven’t had these problems yet. I blocked ShareThis a while back after an entirely different kind of grief it gave me. Browsing’s been much better since then.

  • http://twitter.com/FearlessSon FearlessSon

    (Bonus points for Jenkins saying he respects agnostics, who are “honestly looking.”  Because you know how those lying atheists are…)

    That statement is just an olive branch.  The agnostics who are “honestly looking” are ripe targets for conversion.  If, upon hearing LaHay and Jenkins obvious Truth they then do not convert, clearly they are just as spiteful as any atheist and should be shunned.  

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    Yeah, I block a lot of Javascript, but I still find that pasting things into the Disqus box here is best done after stripping off things.

  • http://twitter.com/FearlessSon FearlessSon

    So my only explanations for Nicky’s profit scheme are that he’s either too dumb to realize that he can just have whatever he wants; or he’s being Byzantine for its own sake, like he doesn’t have enough intrigue to fill his day with.

    I think I just realized… Nicky is a disciple of Tzeentch!  

  • JenL

    A lot of fringe types seem to believe that humanitarian aid is a cover
    for something sinister. Usually, it’s “social engineering,” with the aid
    being an excuse to turn those countries red or gay or something in that
    vein. It always smacks of projection to me, but there you have it.

    Right, unlike the complete lack of social engineering involved when a church goes in, hands out food, preaches, builds a well, preaches more, builds a couple more things, converts the town – and tells them that as good Christians they now have to follow the good Christian rules – including divorcing the extra wives….

    Seriously.

    I remember as a child, listening to one of those “this is what your mission dollars have accomplished” presentations in church, and hearing how proud they were that the chief of one town they’d converted had been convinced to divorce 3 of his 4 wives.  This was presented as an unalloyed Good Thing – no mention of what became of the 3 ex-wives, now that they didn’t have a husband to support them.  No mentioned of whether those wives had children, or what happened to those children if they did.

    But you have to watch out for those secular do-gooders – they want to Change  People!

  • JenL

    On the one hand, the rise in the at-pump price of gasoline will tend to curb gasoline usage, which is good if he wants to promote environmental responsibility; it could even be justified as part of a broad “We have met the end of the world in the form of the loss of our children; we have to act more responsibly to preserve the world for the few children who are now being born” program.

    Shouldn’t fuel usage have dropped dramatically anyway? 

    No school busses running.  Nobody driving across the country to take the kids to Disney World.  Nobody going out of their way to drop the kids off at daycare or school on the way to work.

    Lots of adults are gone, too, so fewer people commuting to work.  Massive disruptions on the roads would prevent people from driving much for a while during the clean-up. 

    Lots and lots of people giving in to grief and either killing themselves or just locking themselves in the house and never going out except when it’s absolutely necessary to buy groceries.

    Such a huge drop in population would be a huge drop in demand, and a huge drop in the amount of stuff to ship to stores – and all the kid-oriented stuff isn’t being shipped at all.

    How could there be a fuel shortage?  I suppose that the $0.10 a gallon price hike might seem more significant if prices had dropped back down to $1.25 or something, but are people who remember paying $3.85 supposed to be upset about prices going up to $1.35?

  • http://dpolicar.livejournal.com/ Dave

     Well, I suppose there could be a fuel shortage if among the people not going to work anymore are the people whose labor makes fuel available.

  • Launcifer

    Or, you know, L&J accidentally hit upon something that certain real life dictators have done throughout history and continue to do (a chippy little Austrian fellow springs to mind for a start), which often involves giving identical additional duties to two entirely different departments of government – bonus points if it has nothing to do with the original purpose for which the departments in question were created - and then watching them fight over the new bureaucratic territory purely for the pleasure of it.

    L&J being L&J, they’ve obviously not even realised what it is they happened to have tripped over and have therefore ploughed straight on without pausing to consider the potential of things they really could have ripped from reality.

  • http://www.jerisko.blogspot.ca/ Drew

    I love the idea that Wall Street and Big Oil are allowed to continue existing. Pitting their capitalistic ideologies against Carpathia’s “One Everything” ideals would actually be a decent fight. Problem is, I’m not sure who I’d cheer for.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    There is that, which is why this faffing about with oil that Nicolae is doing, on further reflection, really doesn’t make a lick of sense at all. And further, if anything, the collapse of demand and transportation should cause further dislocations down the pipe which would allow Nicolae, if he wanted to be Mr. Evil of Evils, to make things worse at key strategic points and avoid taking blame for it.

    Alas.

  • SkyknightXi

    Well, at least every now and then, Jenkins does remember that all the world’s children have been teleported to Heaven, so he’d probably claim that his world-building isn’t inconsistent. However, if this snippet from “Soul Harvest” (another one of Tsion’s web missives–although why Rayford calls it a “call-to-arms”, I’d like to know) is anything to go by, it seems he’s more interested in remembering the forced exile (to say nothing of other elements) when it emphasizes a point than anytime else (pp. 324-6, with the children reference near the close; I’m that terrified of leaving out a crucial part of the context):

    Today, in my secret part of the world, I learned via radio that the astounding Cellular-Solar network had made it possible already for television to be returned to certain areas. A friend and I, curious, turned on the television set. We were astounded. I expected an all-news network or perhaps also a local emergency station. But as I am sure you know by now, where television has returned, it is back full force.

    Our television accesses hundreds of channels from all over the world, beamed to it by satellite. Every picture on every channel representing every station and network available is transmitted into our home in images so crisp and clear you feel you could reach inside the screen and touch them. What a marvel of technology!

    (For those of you somehow jaded by 3D television–I personally get on fine with cathode ray–this was published in 1998.)

    But this does not thrill me. I admit I was never an avid TV watcher. I bored others with my insistence on watching educational or news programs and otherwise criticizing what was offered. I expressed fresh shock every month or so at how much worse television had become.

    (Note to self: Take a peek at what Israeli, and maybe Jordanian and Qatari, television was like in the 1990s, to see WHAT ben-Judah was supposed to be bothered about.)

    I shall no longer apologize for my horror at what has become of this entertainment medium. Today, as my friend and I sampled the hundreds of stations, I was unable to even pause at most offerings, they were so overtly evil. Stopping to even criticize them would have subjected my brain to poison. I concede that approximately 5 percent was something as inoffensive as the news. (Of course, even the news is owned and controlled by the Global Community and carries its unique spin. But at least I was not subjected to vile language or lascivious images.) On virtually every other channel, however, I saw–in that split second before the signal changed–final proof that society has reached rock bottom.

    I am neither naive nor prudish. But I saw things today I never thought I would see. All restraint, all boundaries, all limits have been eradicated. It was a microcosm of the reason for the wrath of the Lamb. Sexuality and sensuality and nudity have been part of the industry for many years. But even those who used to justify these on the basis of freedom of expression or a stand against censorship at the very least made them available only to people who knew what they were choosing.

    Perhaps it is the very loss of the children that has caused us not to forget God but to acknowledge him in the worst possible way, by sticking out our tongues, raising our fists, and spitting in his face. To see not just simulated perversion but actual portrayals of every deadly sin listed in the Scriptures left us feeling unclean.

    (Strawman Has a Point in 3…2…)

    He then proceeds in the middle of the next paragraph to list WHAT he saw in those split seconds, besides lasciviousness: “Real violence, actual murders and tortures…Sorcery, black magic, clairvoyance, fortune-telling, witchcraft, seances, and spell casting”. I can see the problem with what I put before the ellipsis, but AFTER, besides black magic and arguably witchcraft? Um, where’s the malice in the remainder?

    Anyway, point is this–Jenkins recalled the children teleportation only to highlight the unsaved’s defiance all the further. It’s worrisome that he somehow acknowledges that their grievances might be legitimate in some way, but he STILL manages to…er…demonize them.

  • http://jamoche.dreamwidth.org/ Jamoche

    Windows & Mac both have “paste and match style” in their Edit menus which will turn it into plain text; I do that for everything I paste into Disqus because it just flakes on styled text.

  • http://jamoche.dreamwidth.org/ Jamoche

    And Wile E Coyote died for your sins

    http://www-personal.umich.edu/~cmarx/wiley.html

  • http://heathencritique.wordpress.com/ Ruby_Tea

    “I am not a prude.”

    Perhaps the biggest RTC lie of them all.

  • Dmoore970

    OK, so we know that L&J think taxes are the epitome of all evil.  Last week someone pointed out that truly evil tyrants use their taxes to line their own pockets.  Carpathia is using them to raise living standards in the Third World. 

    What am I to conclude from this, but that L&J think spending tax money on the poor is worse than spending it to line one’s own pockets.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    I shall no longer apologize for my horror at what has become of this
    entertainment medium. Today, as my friend and I sampled the hundreds of
    stations, I was unable to even pause at most offerings, they were so
    overtly evil. Stopping to even criticize them would have subjected my
    brain to poison. I concede that approximately 5 percent was something as
    inoffensive as the news. (Of course, even the news is owned and
    controlled by the Global Community and carries its unique spin. But at
    least I was not subjected to vile language or lascivious images.) On
    virtually every other channel, however, I saw–in that split second
    before the signal changed–final proof that society has reached rock
    bottom.

    Ah-HA! I’ve got it! Tsiom Ben-Judah is the CAPAlert guy! :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/WingedWyrm Charles Scott

    Remember, different people react differently.  As many people are no longer going to Disney Land, because they no longer have children, there are probably many people going to Disney Land, because there are no longer children.  Baring in mind that L&J think that Christianity is the only thing that seperates the average human being from being a pervert who’s deviations take on titanic proportions, there very well could be an unstated perpetual Disney Orgy going on.

    A few years ago, Colbert Report reported on SUV drivers who essentially revel in burning all the fuel they do, as a means of rebelling against a world that actually wants them to rein in their consumption for enviromental or just plain survival reasons.  They called this freedom.  I imagine an uptick in that kind of activity as well.

    Of course, all of that wouldn’t be necessary if only L&J had wrote in some ecoterrorist attacks on major oil reserves… or, you know, thought anything through.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    Then again, as far as right-wing politicians are concerned, they seem to at least half believe the myth that tax money is clearly going to a black hole, or to Anyone But White Folk.

  • Mrs Grimble

    “I am also initiating a one-dollar-per-barrel tax on oil at the well, plus a ten-cents-per-gallon tax at the pump on gasoline.”

    “.. That is of course, US barrels, US gallons and US cents.  For the ex-UK block, it will be £1.50 per UK barrel, 15 pence per UK gallon; for the other ex-EU countries it will be 2 Euros per decilitre and 0.5 Euros per litre, for the ex-Chinese block, it will be 20 fen per…..”
    “I am also
    initiating a one-dollar-per-barrel tax on oil at the well, plus a
    ten-cents-per-gallon tax at the pump on gasoline.” – See more at:
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2013/03/01/nra-like-theres-no-tomorrow/#disqus_thread
    “I am also
    initiating a one-dollar-per-barrel tax on oil at the well, plus a
    ten-cents-per-gallon tax at the pump on gasoline.” – See more at:
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2013/03/01/nra-like-theres-no-tomorrow/#disqus_thread

  • Mrs Grimble

    ARRGHH! Damm you Disquis!!   Everybody please just ignore everything after my first paragraph.

  • Lori

     

     Well, I suppose there could be
    a fuel shortage if among the people not going to work anymore are the people
    whose labor makes fuel available   

    There could also be a fuel shortage if everyone Left Behind decided to run out and buy a big old penis-substitute of a gas guzzling fully loaded SUV.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    Given the population crash I wouldn’t be surprised if quite a few enterprising “vehicular recovery specialists” started purposely driving the biggest abandoned cars they could find just because they’d rationalize that oil would get a lot less expensive.

  • P J Evans

     I saw one comment on a news site that referred to money collected in taxes as being destroyed. (Teh Stoopid, it burns.)


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