So, dearest readers, whaddaya get when you cross the religious nuttery of Phil Phillips with a law degree?
If you have no idea who he is, Jack Thompson was an attorney (he was disbarred in 2008, due to allegations of professional misconduct.This is all on Wikipedia with links, by the way) who feels that need to protect the chilluns, and his major bugbear is video games and the violence contained therein. Because of course, ALL video games are bad and make kids kill other kids, right? He’s also done some other shit, which he trumpets in the book.
Right away, the DEDICATION pisses me off. It reads:
To Kayce Steger, Jessica James, and Nicole Hadley, killed on December 1, 1997, in Paducah, Kentucky, by a video gamer in what was supposed to be a safe place, your school. When I die, I shall read this book to you in heaven. It was written for you.
A video gamer. The kid couldn’t have just been a violent and crazy individual, no, it’s those vidja games! They’re ruining society!
In his introduction, Thompson takes umbrage with the fact that some of his fellow Christians prefer to just “let go and let god,” whereas he knows that he was called to be a “social crusader,” fighting for truth, justice, and god’s way! Human beings really shouldn’t worry about anything, he advises, then quotes from the gospel of Matthew the famous lines about the lilies of the field and the birds not having to worry about their next meals because god takes care of them, and he takes care of you, as well. This is why there aren’t any starving, homeless religious people.
However, right away, we see what a hypocrite Thompson is, as he tells his readers that they shouldn’t worry about anything, for god is in control, but yet, Jack feels that he needs to take control of the culture that is ruining our children. Contradictory, much?
Finally, I have a pervy moment when he mentions the movie Chariots of Fire and the quote, “God made me fast, and when I run, I feel His pleasure.” Well, Thompson says this quote applies to him, as well. “God gave me this mission, and when I act upon it, I feel His pleasure.” So read along with me. Perhaps you may also feel God’s pleasure, too. There’s plenty to go around after all.
Jesus is coming. Someone get a towel.