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December 19, 2006
The flip side of the 'War on Christmas'


Lefty radio host Christine Craft (pictured at right) of KSAC 1240 AM is known for her outrageous stunts. And she'll be at it again Wednesday at 11 a.m. when she and dedicated listeners stage a protest outside of the Berean Christian Bookstore on Alta Arden Expressway.

Craft and supporters are miffed that the bookstore - and other retailers - are selling a new game, "Left Behind: Eternal Forces," which is a spinoff of the "Left Behind" movies, in which bad, bad things happen to non-Christians. Craft and others have called it the "Convert or Die" game.
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So, Craft says she'll dress as the Virgin Mary - a stretch for Craft, since she played Mary Magdalene at St. Philip School in Pasadena because "for some reason, the nuns would never let me play (the Virgin) Mary" - and carry the baby Jesus. Other Nativity scene "characters" will be represented, as well.

Why is Craft doing this?

"While some obviously think that blasting the bejesus out of people who refuse to be converted to born-again Christianity is a nice theme for a family game session at yuletide, I think, and a lot of listeners think, that the real baby Jesus probably wouldn't want to promote an intolerant killing game as a Christmas present," Craft tells us.

But Troy A. Lyndon, chief executive officer of "Left Behind: Eternal Forces," says in a statement on the game's Web site that "there is no blood or gore in 'Left Behind: Eternal Forces.' The game is designed to be a classic battle between good and evil, but it does not gratuitously depict violence or death...(T)here are no ‘objectives' to cause war physically. However, physical warfare results when the player is required to defend against the physical forces of evil."

OK, then. Happy Holid... er, Merry Christmas to all.

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