Nothing like admitting error and changing your mind

This obit writer is having fun:

Two years later he published The Unhappy Gays in which he argued that though homosexuals were “vile” they could be “cured”. In later life he seems to have moved on from this position, suggesting in an interview that, actually, homosexuals should be put to death, as recommended by the Old Testament.

Yes. Lots of fun:

Not that any of them really need a job because their father’s writing left the family extremely comfortable. The Left Behind series spawned a merchandise industry with CDs, DVDs, clothing, a board game in which players earn “redemption tokens” that can be cashed in for eternal life, and calendars that allow the chosen to count down the days until the rapture.

LaHaye was not thought to be using one of these calenders when he died from a stroke in hospital. Nor were there any reported sightings of his mortal remains lifting off into the sky.

8 thoughts on “Nothing like admitting error and changing your mind”

  1. “Among the many groups that the Rev Tim LaHaye abhorred were homosexuals(modified to: those who cant just get on with their lives but stridently support Cultural Marxist tyranny and evil) , feminists, liberals (and anyone ) in favour of gun control , liberals (if you take that to mean leftists generally), the UN, communists.”

    With a few amendments as above it seems like a pretty good list of scum worth hating.

  2. A vitriolic attack on a dead person from behind a cloak of anonymity? My, what japes…

    I didn’t read the whole thing because I’m not paying money for drivel, but from the non-paywalled paragraphs it just drips with the pomposity of the loathsome British self-misdescribed ‘intellectual’ shown for any Christian not of the bland ‘modern’ CofE variety, combined with the superciliousness towards Americans that actually underscores inferiority.

    Reading guff like that makes me wonder if Pol Pot didn’t get a bad rap.

  3. LaHaye was not thought to be using one of these calenders when he died from a stroke in hospital. Nor were there any reported sightings of his mortal remains lifting off into the sky.

    Someone doesn’t understand that a ‘redemption calendar’ does not measure the extent of your lifespan – so I don’t see what his use or none-use of one would have to do with his illness.

    Also the author doesn’t know what the ‘Rapture’ is. Its not a ‘when you die you fly up to heaven’ thing, its when the *still living* who are sufficiently righteous are gathered up – *that’s* when all the people are going to be ‘flying up to heaven’ – *still alive*, with their bodies.

    The already dead do not get to take their mortal remains with them.

    LaHaye was a horrible person and that book series was terrible. I’ve read a few of them, including the first – taking it as just another mythos – and the writing itself was horrible. Seriously bad, like not even up to the level of a crappy sci-fi novel series.

    But the Times should at least learn a bit about the stuff they’re planning on mocking – especially in a man’s obituary.

  4. If you want bad writing try some of the dire web published stuff. There’s great stuff too but also tons that could do with learning their own language for one thing, never mind an editor.
    His writing wasn’t that bad. I’d give it a 6 for that series, and a 4 for the kids ones. Few writers I’d put higher than 9 and not all of them are print writers.

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