When my nephew sent me this link about this new video game called Left Behind; Eternal Forces, I thought I was looking at satire. I had never heard of this admirable web site before, and I thought I was looking at a clever riff on the vicious motives that animate fundamentalist fantasies of Apocalypse, Rapture, and End Times.
This is really chilling stuff. What it tells us about the hearts and minds of these awful people is almost impossible to fathom. Hannah Arendt's famous phrase, "the banality of evil," comes to mind--only this is not just banal, it's also pious. The combination is transcendentally ugly.
But what I really want to know is where are the decency brigades? Where's Joe Lieberman and Hillary? Where are the Hollywood bashers? Where are the defenders of standards in our public culture? Let's hear from Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes and the Wall Street Journal editorial page. Let's hear from the folks at The New Criterion. How deep does the cynicism that underlies the neocon alliance with Christian fundamentalists run?
This is a Holocaust game for God's sake.