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Timothy LaHaye

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I myself have been a forty-five year student of the satanically-inspired, centuries-old conspiracy to use government, education, and media to destroy every vestige of Christianity within our society and establish a New World Order. Having read at least fifty books on the Illuminati, I am convinced that it exists and can be blamed for many of man's inhumane actions against his fellow man during the past two hundred years.
—Tim LaHaye, Rapture Under Attack

Timothy F. "Tim" LaHaye (1926–2016) was an evangelical Christian minister, author of several books (most notably the Left Behind series), and was a primal voice of American fundamentalism and the Religious Right. He was the husband of Beverly LaHaye, the founder of the Concerned Women for America (CWA).

Political activism[edit]

LaHaye was at one time a member of the John Birch Society.[1]:215,232 During the late 1970s and early 1980s, LaHaye became involved in politics with the Christian Voice (USA), and promoted or started numerous groups to promote his conservative viewpoints. In 1972, he helped establish the Institute for Creation Research at Christian Heritage College (later named San Diego Christian College) in El Cajon, California, doing so along with its founder, Henry Morris.[2] In 1979, he encouraged Jerry Falwell to establish the Moral Majority and sat on its board of directors.[3][4]

Crank views[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Crank magnetism
—Tim LaHaye, promoting racialism[5]


As one may expect from a fundamentalist Christian like LaHaye, he was also a raging homophobe. To present this view to the public as well as to his cohorts, he published The Unhappy Gays, which was later retitled What Everyone Should Know Imagine About Homosexuality where he spews forth notions that homosexuality is "militant, organized and vile." Of course, the screed reduces to false assertions, unproved data, and outright lies. The book argues that gays share 16 pernicious traits, including "incredible promiscuity," "deceit," "selfishness," "vulnerability to sadism-masochism" and "poor health and an early death." LaHaye seriously claimed that those who accept gays are more "cruel and inhuman those who practiced Old Testament capital punishment" on gays. He had called his hate tract "a model of compassion." He believed that homosexuality can be cured.[6][7] However, he said that such conversions are rare.[8]

Conspiracy theories[edit]

LaHaye was a firm believer in the Illuminati and it is one of several groups that he believed will "turn America into an amoral, humanist country, ripe for merger into a one-world socialist state." Because of his paranoid delusion of crank magnetism, he had an irrational distrust of several organizations including the Trilateral Commission, the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood, "the major TV networks, high-profile newspapers and news magazines," the State Department, major philanthropic foundations (Rockefeller, Carnegie, Ford), the United Nations, "the left wing of the Democratic Party", Harvard, Yale, "and 2,000 other colleges and universities."[3]


  1. Birchers: How the John Birch Society Radicalized the American Right by Matthew Dallek (2023) Basic Books. ISBN 1541673565.
  2. "History of SDCC". Retrieved 2013-01-30. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Robert Dreyfuss. "Reverend Doomsday: According to Tim LaHaye, the Apocalypse is now". Rolling Stone. January 28, 2004.
  4. Michelle Goldberg. "Fundamentally unsound". July 29, 2002.
  6. Michael Schaub. "The Unhappy Gays: What Everyone Should Know about". Bookslut. October 2002.
  7. Bob Moser. "Holy War". Southern Poverty Law Center. Accessed December 20, 2007.
  8. Thomas C. Caramagno. Irreconcilable Differences? Intellectual Stalemate in the Gay Rights Debate. Praeger/Greenwood. 2002. page 159.