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Clark: Left Behind Readers ‘Ill-Informed’

I don’t necessarily agree with the theology of the Left Behind books, but unlike Wesley Clark, I don’t think people who read them are idiots:

Now, there’s one party in America that’s made the United Nations the enemy. And I don’t know how many of you have ever read that series of books that’s published by the Christian right that’s called the ‘Left Behind’ series? Probably nobody’s read it up here. But don’t feel bad, I’m not recommending it to you. I’m just telling you that according to the book cover that I saw in the airport, 55 million copies have been printed. And in it, the Antichrist is the United Nations. And so there’s this huge, ill-informed body of sentiment out there that’s just grinding away against the United Nations.

It’s clear Clark hasn’t read any of the books. Or even enough of the cover to name the character identified as the antichrist, whose name in the series is Nicolae. But that’s beside the point.

How condescending to presume that readers of Christian fiction, and these books in particular, are too stupid to tell the difference between fiction and reality! There are a lot of good reasons to oppose the United Nations, but to assume that anyone reached that conclusion because they read Left Behind is ignorant and insulting.

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