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Jack Thompson: God Caused Take-Two Stock Drop, Chairman Facing 'Eternity of Punishment'

I didn't think we'd be running any more Jack Thompson stories after the outspoken game-hating attorney was permanently disbarred, but this one is too good to pass up.

Since his disbarment, Thompson has reportedly purchased stock in Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two Interactive in order to lead a stockholder revolt against chairman Strauss Zelnick. In a letter earlier this year, Thompson compared him to a Hitler youth.

Now, he's taken the next logical step, claiming that God, yes, God, was responsible for Take-Two stock dropping in value by 35% across the past year, and has condemned Mr. Zelnick to an "eternity of punishment...unless he repents and accepts Christ."

Thompson's unbelievable e-mail exchange with GamePolitics follows below:


From: Jack Thompson
Sent: Thursday, December 18, 2008 6:44 AM
To: Dennis McCauley
Subject: Spin this, Strauss...


Take-Two dropped $2.35 to $9.72 in extended trading after the announcement and fell as low as $9.60. The shares... have declined 35 percent this year. The results contrast with comments Zelnick made in an interview on Nov. 3, when he said sales of the company’s video games hadn’t been hurt by the recession...


From: Dennis McCauley
To: 'Jack Thompson'
Sent: Thursday, December 18, 2008 6:52 AM
Subject: RE: Spin this, Strauss...

So, if T2’s business reverse was God’s vengeance, does that mean that God struck you down too when you were disbarred?...


From: Jack Thompson
Sent: Thursday, December 18, 2008 9:10 AM
To: Dennis McCauley
Subject: Re: Spin this, Strauss...

...If you had any understanding of the Bible and of God you would understand that persecution comes Christians' way, and we are blessed by it.  There is no blessing for Zelnick, who is not a Christian, when he gets what he deserves...


From: Dennis McCauley
To: 'Jack Thompson'
Sent: Monday, December 29, 2008 6:54 AM
Subject: in relation to your Take-Two shareholder revolt...

...Are you saying that problems for Christians are blessings, while problems for non-Christians are vengeance from the Almighty? Also, how do you know what Zelnick’s religion is?


From: Jack Thompson
Sent: Monday, December 29, 2008 7:11 AM
To: Dennis McCauley
Subject: Re: in relation to your Take-Two shareholder revolt...

Here's another passage of Scripture that you don't understand and never read:  "All things work to the good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose."  That group would include me and not Zelnick.  Zelnick is not a believer in the Gospel.  How do I know?  Because the man who got us together is a Christian, with a massive ministry in Hollywood and the rest of the entertainment industry.  It was because of the spiritual aspect of this struggle that he got the two of us together, and Zelnick failed the test. 

If you knew anything about the Gospel, you would understand further that Paul, whose writings are considered part of the canon, tells Christians, not unbelievers, that we are to "count it all joy" when trials and tribulations come our way. 

I have been persecuted for my faith, not because I did anything wrong, by those committed to evil.  Glad to clear it up for you.  And as it now stands, Mr. Zelnick's problems at Take-Two are minuscule [sic] compared to the eternity of punishment that is coming his way unless he repents and accepts Christ as I did 32 years ago this month.  You might do well to read the Gospel of John yourself.  Come to think of it, I'll write Strauss about all this and send you a copy...

Chris Faylor was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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    December 31, 2008 9:01 AM

    How about this, Jack? Since you want to ban video games, because you think they are responsible for so many killings....NEXT time somebody kills another person and says "God told me to kill him", we ban religion?

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