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Tim LaHaye Endorses Newt Gingrich

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Tim LaHaye made a fortune gleefully predicting the End Times with his best-selling Left Behind book series. In that exhibition of boilerplatery, LaHaye and cowriter Jerry B. Jenkins happily envisioned a post-Rapture world, in which "Tribulation Saints" refuse the Mark of The Beast and do battle with Antichrist Nicolae Carpathia. It was savage, bloody fun, but queerly guiltless: In the end, the good people went to heaven, the bad ones didn't, and all accounts were justly settled.

Tim LaHaye believes this is more-or-less how the world really will end -- with neither a bang nor a whimper, but rather a lot of silly deus ex historica followed by a sublimely happy ending for him and his kin. He thinks such an end is divinely mandated. Moreover, he thinks that President Obama is hastening the Apocalypse -- that the awesome power of the American presidency has caused God to adjust his cosmic calendar. Since the Apocalypse is such good news for Tim, you'd think he'd welcome such tinkering. But no. He's actually quite upset. Which is why he's now issued a full-throated endorsement of Newt Gingrich:

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.

... In 1980, America was on a decline not unlike our country is today.  Liberal secularists had brought our nation to the verge of maylieze and stagnation because over half the Christians in America didn’t even bother to vote. That’s why we started the Moral Majority that helped elect conservative Ronald Regan and with God’s help he changed the direction of our country. I am one of the two minister board members still living who helped Jerry get that majority started. Today we have no regrets!

... Now that the Republican Presidential Primary has wound down to two frontrunners who can win, I would like to publicly endorse the proven conservative speaker of the House Newt Gingrich as the most qualified candidate to become the next president of the United states. His record in office has a near unbroken record of Conservative commitment to the Judeo/Christian principles that have made this the greatest nation in the history of he world.

I have known him for over thirty years and acknowledge he is not perfect, none of us is. But when it comes to standing for life, moral values for our nation, a sound fiscal program for both business and the family and commitment to the U.S. constitution, I believe he can be counted on to do what is right for America, here at home and abroad. He unashamedly opposes the socialistic policies of taking from the haves and give to the have nots that has never worked anywhere to lift a country economically, morally or in any other way except dictatorship and the loss of freedom.

And he can win! Obama’s teleprompter cannot compete with Him, neither can anyone else. I can’t wait to see the president try to debate him. And these are only some of the reasons I endorse him as the next president of the United States.

Another reason: AFTER THE JUMP, have a look at what LaHaye believes awaits us sinners if President Obama is elected to a second term. (Also: What's "maylieze"?)


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  1. The self delusion it takes to believe that Gnewt is a moral person is only exceeded by the self delusion it takes to believe this end-of-times claptrap, there are no surprises here.

    Posted by: christopher | Jan 14, 2012 2:03:52 PM

  2. You may like my video about Newt's three marriages at
    There are chickens in it. Everybody loves chickens!
    It also ends with a splash of Santorum!

    Posted by: SFHarry | Jan 14, 2012 2:15:44 PM

  3. Wow! I had heard of the books, but I thought that they were just deliberate fantasy. Maybe like Babylon 5, only not so good. The idea that the author believes that nonsense is truly frightening.

    Posted by: Joel | Jan 14, 2012 2:18:45 PM

  4. The burning question is -who does the most famous devotee of LEFT BEHIND fairy tales endorse.
    Of course I am speaking of that actor that rivals Olivier - KIRK CAMERON- endorse? Or is he too busy makin' babies with his good little Xtian wife to be concerned about this. Come to think of it- we haven't seen much of Kirk the Jerk- maybe he has already been raptured up?

    Posted by: nick | Jan 14, 2012 2:30:26 PM

  5. I've read the original Left Behind series - a good plot, but overall bad writing. And nary an explicit mention of homosexuality - go figure. But don't let that fool you - LaHaye is just another Christian fundamentalist homophobe. Gingrich will cherish the endorsement.

    Posted by: Patrick | Jan 14, 2012 2:30:27 PM

  6. i love how self-styled Christians directly oppose the VERY SPECIFIC words attributed to Jesus Christ about the need for prayer to be done IN PRIVATE.

    stunning, eh? "Christians" who utterly ignore and/or disregard and disobey His specific instructions in the Sermon on the Mount.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 14, 2012 2:49:04 PM

  7. Left Behind? What about the Right behind? Oh that's Gingritch.

    While the production values of this film are impressive, creepy really, the story itself is the best comedy I have ever experienced: American evangelical hysteria at its most brainless and tortured. Yet it has a Nazi "Juden" appeal that should not be entirely minimised, and that isn't funny at all.

    Posted by: uffda | Jan 14, 2012 2:51:41 PM

  8. Maylieze I suspect was a desperate, and entirely unsuccessful, stab at spelling malaise. I guess he couldn't bring himself to spell a French word correctly.
    Little Kiwi, the bible quotes you are looking for come from Matthew 6:5 and 6:6. It begins 'When you pray, do not pray in public as the hypocrites do...'

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 14, 2012 3:12:02 PM

  9. From the context, I think that "maylieze" is how the illiterate spell "malaise". Y'know, that word Jimmy Carter got in trouble for using?

    Posted by: JakePHX | Jan 14, 2012 3:17:46 PM

  10. Wait, am I missing something? Gingrich is one of the two obvious front runners in the republican primary? Has he placed better than 3rd or 4th in any contest yet? Isn't he third or fourth in south Carolina right now too?

    Posted by: Brad | Jan 14, 2012 4:04:04 PM

  11. Who but a republican would think and speak like that? It's a party of loonies and hate mongers.

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Jan 14, 2012 4:06:49 PM

  12. Supporting Newt as a Christian leaves only one question: Does this guy know he's been divorced -- not a Biblical must-do -- twice???? Seriously? How dumb are these people?

    Never mind, I just watched this movie clip. Enough said.

    Posted by: Bart | Jan 14, 2012 4:29:23 PM

  13. I'm perplexed by this endorsement. Surely LaHaye is aware of Newt's personal history. The man dumped two wives for younger, more attractive models - he wasn't simply divorced two times due to bad luck. LaHaye was one of the founders of Moral Majority in 1979. I can't imagine Jerry Falwell ever endorsing a serial adulterer.

    Why wouldn't LaHaye endorse Rick Santorum, who just received the imprimatur of a group of influential Christian Right leaders after a big pow-wow? I wonder if it could be anti-Catholic or anti-Italian prejudice. I've always had a high regard for Tim LaHaye and hope I'm wrong about his motives.

    Posted by: Mary | Jan 14, 2012 5:14:44 PM

  14. maylieze? What an idiot.

    Posted by: Wendel | Jan 14, 2012 6:07:52 PM

  15. I don't understand who or what this idiot endorses should be of any interest to me as a gay person.

    Posted by: Red Sierra | Jan 14, 2012 6:15:44 PM

  16. Tim LaHaye lost any and all credibility forever when he publicly thanked God for Capitalism. Another Bible-thumper who claims God wants him to be rich despite what it actually says in the Bible.

    Posted by: Mike | Jan 14, 2012 6:37:34 PM

  17. I thought it was just me who didn't know what maylieze was LOL

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Jan 14, 2012 6:52:09 PM

  18. It's not just the divorces -- it's the much more serious fact that Newt was committing fairly flagrant adultery while still in the now-terminated marriage(s). Divorce can happen to anyone if the other partner is unwilling to make the marriage work. But in Newt's case, it seems as though HE was the one who disrespected his marital vows and dishonored his commitments to wives 1 and 2. Surely we can do better in picking a President. The national CEO is, after all, inevitably viewed as a moral role model for the nation and especially its youth, for better or (in the case of Bill Clinton) worse.

    Posted by: John | Jan 14, 2012 7:22:22 PM

  19. Lahaye wants a Newt sandwich, hold the maylieze!

    Let them feed off of each other's delusions. The End Times are already here for Newt's campaign.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 14, 2012 7:38:27 PM

  20. Nice post, Ernie!

    Posted by: Mary | Jan 14, 2012 8:15:47 PM

  21. Tim LaHaye is speaking nonsense. He wrote The Unhappy Gays some years ago. It was full of lies an contradictions about gay people. A local Catholic religious goods store had it on their shelves. I took a copy of the book to them and asked to speak with the person who purchased his books. When he came to speak with me, I pointed out the nonsense in the book and asked him if he would stock an antisemitic book. While we were speaking, another gay man, who taught an LGBT history course at a local college, joined in the conversation confirming what I was saying. The book was removed from their shelves. Tim LaHaye has a long history of antigay activism.

    His drivel about the "religious" remarried Reagan who didn't go to church, and his drivel about "socialism" and Obama is just as outrageous and false. His support of the serial polygamist Gingrich is laughable. Gingrich has a set of "moral values" for our nation, but not for himself. LaHaye might well read the Gospels, wherein Jesus says it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom, and in which he extols the virtues of the poor, and makes clear that he is on the side of the poor and the needy.

    Posted by: john patrick | Jan 14, 2012 8:20:08 PM

  22. Somewhere, Rick Santorum is crying over this.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 14, 2012 9:20:56 PM

  23. @ANON: I'm sure Tim LaHaye's gay son, Lee, was not too pleased to see his father write a book titled "The Unhappy Gays."

    Speaking of Rick "Frothy" Santorum, he was just anointed as The Chosen One by a group of 150 Talibangelical leaders at their conclave near Houston this weekend. Unless one of them is ready to dump about $10 million into Frothy's campaign coffers I don't think it will make any difference. They're a few months late and several million dollars short of making a difference.

    Posted by: Ninong | Jan 14, 2012 10:27:13 PM

  24. With As.holes like LaHaye on your side you can't win. He is a loser and so is that adulterer Newt. The bleached blond bimbo homewrecker who is the Newsters present wife is also a stone tied around his neck. Obama is unlucky to be presiding over such a bad economy, but is very lucky to have such morally bankrupt opponents.

    Posted by: jack | Jan 15, 2012 1:01:05 AM

  25. LaHayewire: "It's the lie of evolution that all man are just evolved and that they're all equal, and that all creatures are equal." He's one of the special ones that gets to go to heaven, remember? And having Noot the warhawk will more quickly assure the Armageddon necessary for Jeebus to return. It's theocratic neofascism at it's finest! Bring on the horsemen!

    Posted by: EconProf | Jan 15, 2012 2:23:06 AM

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