TSoA: Chapter 20: Subterranean Smog
Hey, everybody—there’s a secret cabal of anti-Christian evildoers in this book!
I’d almost forgotten about them, what with the riveting chapters of marital advice and the intense YOUTH RETREAT ACTION.
The Seven pride themselves on the Gothic Horror experience they can create: they are in their “cavernous dining room” in their “subterranean vault,” and have used the dimmer switch to lower the lights and enjoy the gigantic fireplace with the smoking logs…
Which seems quite dangerous to me, seeing that they’re way underground, but I’ve just been reading about the Donora smog incident of 1948.
The Seven have gathered to be Gothic and spooky and to discuss matters of anti-Christianity, world domination, and Michael Murphy.
Having chowed down on “wild boar stuffed with quail” (really), they cover the basics quickly:
“We are allowing Professor Murphy to do some…spadework for us,”
“Of course, when he has outlived his usefulness he will be eliminated.”
Yeah. I’ll believe that when I see it.
And just remember, everyone, when you Stand Up For Your Faith (as long as that faith is Christianity), you become an enemy of evil world-destroying cabals.
So now that THE MOST IMPORTANT CHRISTIAN IN TEH ENTIRE WORLD out of the way, discussion can move on to other issues of worldwide importance.
“Great strides toward our goal. The leaders of 138 nations have joined together endorsing the establishment of a World Court. The European Community gets nearer to becoming a single nation.”
Europe is evil, guys. This will become ever more apparent in the later books.
“Christianity is under attack in America and throughout the world.”
Oh yeah, being a Christian is sooooo hard. American Christians are so persecuted. So many American Christian marytyrs these days! Why, I hear that sometimes, there are even people of other faiths who HANG OUT IN THE WORLD.
“Through our influence it will soon be a byword for intolerance and cruelty.”
Aw man, The Seven are giving themselves waaaaay too much credit here. They’ll never do as good a job of that as the Christians themselves.
Still though, must be nice for LaHaye’s readers. They can comfort themselves that sure, they may stand against LGBT rights and reproductive freedom, but it’s not like they’re being intolerant and cruel! That’s just the evil atheist conspiracy doing that!
“Through Barrington Communications and our access to cable-TV news channels, our agenda is gaining ground in the media.”
Yep, you can’t turn on the news these days without hearing worshipful praise for the idea of a one-world government and a one-world currency. Those ideas are super-popular right now. Also moving the capital of the whole world to Iraq. That, too.
They conclude their vague-but-evil scheming by expressing their “desperate, almost childlike” hope that the Antichrist will show up soon.
His voice became deeper and echoed strangely through the chamber. Those across the table could see s slight red glow in his eyes in the flickering light.
Looks like Merton is positioning himself to be the Antichrist’s False Prophet (this series’ Leon Fortunato, for those familiar with the Left Behind series).
Oh, and as a grand finale to their little evil evening, The Seven (they’ll stop at nothing!) hurl their full wineglasses into the gigantic Gothic fireplace.
So in addition to being evil one-currency Antichrist fans, The Seven like to WASTE PERFECTLY GOOD WINE.