godgame.gif Poking around on Google News will only bring you pain - that, and a wonderful website article called 'The Purpose Driven Life Takers' on talk2action.org, which links Rick Warren, best selling author of The Purpose Driven Life, to the previously GSW-covered Christian RTS game series by Left Behind Games.

Talk2Action claims: "Imagine: you are a foot soldier in a paramilitary group whose purpose is to remake America as a Christian theocracy, and establish its worldly vision of the dominion of Christ over all aspects of life. You are issued high-tech military weaponry, and instructed to engage the infidel on the streets of New York City. You are on a mission - both a religious mission and a military mission -- to convert or kill Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, gays, and anyone who advocates the separation of church and state - especially moderate, mainstream Christians... you are playing a real-time strategy video game whose creators are linked to the empire of mega-church pastor Rick Warren."

Well, firstly, the game is based on the best-selling books by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, which, though we haven't read, are pretty sure that they don't advocate killing Jews and gays, even if we find them personally a bit scary. Secondly, Rick Warren doesn't really seem to have much to do with this, as the commenters note: "The international director of Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Church, Mark Carver, serves on the Advisory Board of the corporation created to develop and market the video game?!? That is some-kinda cheap guilt-by-association!"

Most of all, we don't really know what's going on - but Jack Thompson is quoted extensively (yay!), there's some GREAT illustrations, and the conclusion to the piece claims: "In the one hand, this video game is anti-American, because it endorses roving death squads engaged in faith-based violence without any regard for Constitutional law. On the other hand, the video game is anti-Christian, because it argues that the Kingdom of God can be advanced by using the methods and tools of the kingdoms of this world, namely guns and bombs." Christians, stop smiting Christians, already!