'Left Behind' Video Game Promotes Intolerance of Jews and Non-Christian Faiths
New York, NY, December 20, 2006 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed concern about "the built-in message of religious intolerance" found within a video game released in time for the Christmas holiday season and based on the best-selling "Left Behind" series of books.
The video game, "Left Behind – Eternal Forces" promotes an exclusionary Christian theology that believes Jews and others must convert or be killed at the End of Days, according to an analysis of the game by ADL experts in interfaith affairs and PC gaming, who reviewed a copy of the CD-ROM released by Left Behind Games Inc., part of the multimillion empire of pastor Tim LaHaye, co-author of the "Left Behind" book series.
The League has published an analysis of the game.
"The game and the belief system behind it are dangerous, because they teach that Judaism and other non-Christian faiths are not valid," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "Jews, Muslims and other non-Christians are seen as incomplete unless they convert, a concept that is contrary to the American ideal of respect for all religions."
The "Eternal Forces" video game pits the "good guys," a Christian religious militia, against "bad guys" dubbed the Global Community Peacekeepers – a United Nations-like world army led by the anti-Christ, according to ADL. While the Left Behind books portray a world beset with violence, and the final installment of the series is full of gruesome scenes of destruction and the killing of Jews and others, the video game avoids such stark portrayals.
However, "the video game promotes the overall message of an exclusivist religious system that considers the proselytizing of Jews and others to be an imperative," said Mr. Foxman. "This theology portrays itself as the only path to salvation. And Jews, people of any other faith or those of no faith who do not convert before it's too late are destined to suffer horrible deaths."
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.