Tim LaHaye is co-author of the Left Behind series of books. These have sold over 60,000,000 copies, and describe the biblical end of the world: the Christian eschatology of the upheaval that precedes the second coming of Jesus Christ, known also as “end times.”
Since things are going down the crapper in the Holy Land, it isn't surprising that Newsweek should want LaHaye's opinion on whether Jesus will be showing up anytime soon. So far so nutty, right? Except that there's a Canadian connection. Newsweek asks LaHaye:
You recently donated a whole lot of money for a hockey rink at Liberty University. If these are the end times, why make an investment like that?
To which Mr. LaHaye replies:
My strategy is that Canada and Northern America produces the bulk of hockey players. We use the ice rink to get the hockey players to come to Liberty University where many of them are exposed to accept Christ. Many of them come because they are Christians. They are challenged to go into the ministry, and we’ve already had some of the guys in the earlier classes that graduated, and they’re going home to Canada to start churches.
[It's] Evangelism with a hockey puck.
And the freaky part is, Stephen Harper and Tim LaHaye have met. In fact the LaHaye-founded "Council For National Policy"is where Harper gave the now infamous speech where he trashed Canada by referring to it as "a Northern Welfare State in the worst sense of the term".
So is there something going on between these two guys? Is there a chapter in the Secret Agenda on Hockey and The End Times? If The Leafs wins the Cup, for example, is that like the 7th sign?
And does the Religous Right intend to corrupt Canada's national game? Will players be made to finish each body check with "God Bless You!"? Will fighting be banned, while shunning becomes acceptable behavior? Will non-believers be required to burn in Hell between periods?
That's what I really want to know