Group abandons plan to send troops 'Left Behind' games

Operation Straight Up
An evangelical entertainment troupe has abandoned plans to send a controversial video game in care packages to U.S. troops in Iraq.

As a member of the Pentagon’s “America Supports You” program, Dallas-based Operation Straight Up planned to include copies of the apocalyptic video game “Left Behind: Eternal Forces” in care packages for the military.

But those packages have been scrapped, according to a Pentagon public affairs officer who spoke on background because the Defense Department did not want to comment publicly about the decision.

Operation Straight Up did not respond to repeated requests for comment, and its telephone numbers were removed from the group’s Web site.

The video game is based on the Left Behind novels, the runaway best sellers by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. The authors claim that the series has won converts to Christianity.


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