Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tea Party "Judgment Day"

According to the "Tea Party" website (http://www.teapartyexpress.org/tour-schedule-2/) Tea Party Express II: Countdown To Judgment Day" is underway. Here's how their website describes it:

All throughout the recent Tea Party Express national bus tour we kept receiving calls from people around the nation who lived far away from the route our buses took across America. We vowed at the time to keep the Tea Party Express effort alive - and that's exactly what we are doing.Join us from October 25th to November 11th, 2009as we tell Congress and the White House: "Enough!" Let's stand up and stop the bailouts, cap and trade, out-of-control spending, government-run healthcare, and higher taxes! We're back and determined to take our country back!


What will happen on their predicted "Judgment Day"?

If you buy the biblical spin of the Religious Right folks -- that make up the bulk of the Tea Party movement -- the implication is clear: Jesus will soon return, send all Democrats, gays, blacks, progressives, liberals, college-educated unbelievers, etc., to Hell, while saving what Sarah Palin calls "us" "Real Americans" -- in other words unreconstructed frightened and resentful white lower middle class Americans.

(As a former right wing evangelical anti-abortion leader who built a good career from these folks -- until I quit in disgust with myself, the anti-American nature of the movement and the takeover the Republican Party by extremists -- I know of what I speak.)

If you put the secular/right's "tree-of-Liberty-must-be-watered-by-the-blood-of-tyrants-Timothy McVeigh spin on the Judgment Day scenario; then there will soon be a hoped for bloody day of reckoning for the occupant of the White House.

If you put the Republican Party/Rupert Murdoch/Fox News spin on Judgment Day; then it's the old game trotted out once again: stir up the malcontent and get them to defeat their own self interest in the name of flag, country, God, babies, free enterprise -- and support the corporate interests that profit from village idiots, say by defeating health care reform.

When the Tea Party folks say they want to "take back our country" who do they want to take it back from? It turns out it's going to be taken back from the democratic process itself. The effort here is to reverse the last election result.

In this scenario any time there is not a white, wealthy, far right Republican in the White House and any time Congress isn't controlled by the far (white) right of the Republican Party, then the country has been "stolen" from "us" "Real Americans."

Since democracy is not so easily undone, the implication is that to "take back" America must needs involve, not votes but "Judgment Day." In the view of the right Democracy Herself has failed "we" good God-fearing, "birther" "deather" "he lied!" "Obama is Hitler!" Americans. So we must now turn to "other means."

First Tea Parties then Judgment Day. Get it?

What do you think "We Real Americans" have all those guns for?

Frank Schaeffer is the author of Patience With God: Faith For People Who Don't Like Religion (Or Atheism)












Frank Schaeffer is the author of Patience With God: Faith For People Who Don't Like Religion (Or Atheism)

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Frank Schaeffer, you've gone around the bend you poor soul. Do you realize how absolutely delusional you sound? Get a grip mister. You're a lot more scary than anyone you villify here, that have every right to dissent. "Reverse the last election result"??? The people attending these "tea parties" were well behaved and civil AND cleaned up after themselves. The only disruptions were perpetrated by stiff necked crazies like you've become. Crack out your old high school copy of Animal Farm and apply the allegory to your holy health care reform that is good enough for us, but not good enough for those who would force it down my throat. Grow up

PersonalFailure said...

Ooh! They cleaned up after themselves! They must not be crazy theocrats. Thank you for clearing that up, anonymous.

Anonymous said...

No, they are and were, just civilized, and what a ridiculous reference to them wholly as "crazy theocrats" Seriously delusional, and frankly (forgive the pun, but in this context accurate) kind of sadly pathetic.

Elisabeth said...

Anonymous doesn't realize his personal insults only serve to reinfornce your very well made point. As someone raised by 'Right -wing theocrats' I will attest that you know of what you speak.

Elisabeth said...

'Reinforce' - hasty typing - I apologize.

Anonymous said...

Elizabeth, of course its not insulting to have someone refer to you as a crazy theocrat, right? Do you think before you write? Why must I be referred to as a "crazy theocrat" because I simply oppose being force fed a line of thinking I disagree with? I'm really not crazy in any respect. I've been happily married for 36 years, have raised six wonderful and successful children that have blessed us with 9 incredible grand children, and yes I realize that you probably highly object to this massive "carbon footprint" we are making, which of course is another fallacy perpetrated on all of us by the likes of Al Gore, who sells and profits from marketing Carbon credits as a commodity, and that along with his piece of fiction "An Inconvenient Truth" (theres an oxymoron) which is illegal to show in the U.K without 89 footnotes correcting out and out lies, has made Gore a very very wealthy man, but of course that matters not to those that worship at the altar of "climate change" (you can't call it global warming any longer because of course we aren't warming, we're cooling, but then of course, the cooling is caused by the warming...who's crazy?). And then of course, theres "health reform that includes the "public option" but of course the President and Congress are not "the public" and therefore not subject to the same plan they intend to foist on you and me? And we have no right to oppose these draconian changes without being called "crazy theocrats"? I'm sorry, I reserve my right to respectfully disagree with all of you.

Izgad said...

If you buy the biblical spin of the Religious Right folks -- that make up the bulk of the Tea Party movement -- the implication is clear: Jesus will soon return, send all Democrats, gays, blacks, progressives, liberals, college-educated unbelievers, etc., to Hell, while saving what Sarah Palin calls "us" "Real Americans" -- in other words unreconstructed frightened and resentful white lower middle class Americans.


If you put the secular/right's "tree-of-Liberty-must-be-watered-by-the-blood-of-tyrants-Timothy McVeigh spin on the Judgment Day scenario; then there will soon be a hoped for bloody day of reckoning for the occupant of the White House.

Frank what is the basis for your assumption that the majority of the Tea Party movement is made of members of the religious right? At least on the surface it is a secular movement concerned with secular issues, government spending. Are you implying that anyone who criticizes the policies of the current administration is out for blood? I get my objections to government spending honestly. I opposed Bush’s spending increases as well. November 2010 is a judgment day. Those who lost in 2008 are going to get their chance to take back what they lost at the polls. That is the essence of democracy and why there is no need to turn to violence.

On a side note, you asked me to give you my comments on your book. I sent them to you, but never got a response. I know that you are busy promoting the book, but I was curious in turn as to your reaction to what I wrote.

Anonymous said...

Thank you IZGAD for your post. It is spot on. The Tea Party movement began its "boil" with the spending increases supported by President Bush, and just boiled over with the extreme measures supported by the Obama Administration. Frankly, I met many Obama supporters at Tea Parties, that did not sign on for the kind of "change" President Obama is driving. The closest observation of what might have been construed as violent was when those demonstrating against the tea party gatherers, had to be removed by the police for their behavior. I'm sorry, but thats the truth. There were also many instances of organizers of disruption techniques clearly visible as well. Suffice it to say, there are fringe elements on both sides, but to categorize all Tea Party attendees as being out for blood, or "crazy theocrats" is gross and inflammatory.

gmftech said...

The Tea party people want to take the country back.

Please..where did it go?

And please anonymous, be so good as to use some identity as it must be hard to be so opinionated and not be known.

Anonymous said...

LOL...Is anonymous really so much different than "gmftech" ? Opinionated? I have a differing opinion than many who post here, which makes me a "crazy theocrat" because I attended a tea party. Thats not opinionated or judgmental, is it? I have no need to be known. I am who I am.

gmftech said...

Not anonymous when the BLOG OWNER knows who gmftech is dearie.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure you're just as anonymous to the "blog owner" as I am gmftech, or, I mean, dearie. I'm sure you meant that as a term of endearment, right? Why do you suppose the "blog owner" has anonymous as a profile option? Have a blessed evening, and God Bless America.

Izgad said...

"The Tea party people want to take the country back.Please..where did it go?"

Gmftech

Michael Lerner, a liberal Jewish rabbi wrote a book called The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right. So by your logic Rabbi Lerner was plotting to violently overthrow the democratic system because he does not believe the conservatives are real Americans. Both sides like to use the rhetoric of “taking back the country.”

Anonymous said...

As far as I can tell this movement is made up of just a bunch of dummies ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGogP9t86oQ

No Prophet

Anonymous said...

Frank, I have been watching your videos lately and I am frightened by the way your are characterizing the religious right as "terrorists". I am a conservative bible believing Christian and I am also horrified with both the behavior and the theology of the fringe lunatics of the religious right. Folks like Gary North and Rushdooney frighten me as well. I agree that they are dangerous men, but I am concerned that some faulty assumptions are being drawn from your assertations. There are many sincere and patriotic individuals out there who love both God and country and yes (gasp!) they even homeschool their children. I have seen my life transformed by the teachings in the Bible, but I certianly do not believe that those teachings should be forced upon any man by means of the theocracy being touted by the false theology of North and other reconstructionist wackos.

Please be careful what you say. I fear that your anti-reconstructionist rhetoric can lead to a characterization of anyone who homeschools, attends a fundamentalist church, or carries a Bible outside their home, as a terrorist or a danger to a democratic society. Do speak out against the reconstructionists. I agree they are dangerous, but be aware that your words could cause a backlash against many good honest people who are just trying to live out thier faith and serve God and country.

The history of Rome has proven what can happen when a people group becomes labeled as enemies of the republic. I do not wish to be thrown to the lions with those reconstructionists and their so called dominion mandate.

I live in a rural community that is populated by mostly the Amish and Mennonites. Do you know what plans the theocrats have for these folks? Conversion or death to anyone who refuses to bear arms for the theocracry! What about Baptists who, like Roger Williams of old, hold tenaciously to freedom of concious and the right for every man to freely decide what he should believe and how he should practice his religion without coercion? Read their literature you will find books written specifically against the Baptists. Listen to their sermons and you can hear them publically denounce the non resistant peoples as worthy of death. Frankly, Mr. Schaffer, there are those of us who still hold faith in the Bible and are as terrified of these people and their insidious agenda as you. While I appreciate your attempts to get the word out on the dangerous nature of the Reconstructionist agenda, I fear you are making a big mistake if you are not careful to distinguish these folks from other Christians. We are targets of their theocratic madness as well. While it scares me to think of what might ensue if these folks ever obtained political power, right now I am more afraid of being persecuted and sought out as some sort of terrorist just because I happen to hold fundamental Christian beliefs. Reconstructionism and Fundamentalism do not necessarily go hand in hand. Personally I cannot find any of their wacky theocratic ideas in the teachings of Jesus. They cannot be found because they are not there. Instead they look to the writings of Reformed theologians for as justification for their strange polital fervor.

Be careful you do not trample the innocent in your zeal, my friend!

Anonymous said...

I would never homeschool my kids. I want them to go to trans-gendered bathrooms and locker rooms. Why all the fuss? Girls and boys should have sex as early as possible and I applaud the efforts of the public schools to make this possible. I'm really glad that homosexuals have come out of the closet and are "in your face". Kids need to deal with this as early as possible so that they can be gay too if they want to. I like the way kids don't have to follow rules of personal behavior anymore or respecting somebody because they are older. I'm glad the atheists are taking over everything. Who are religious people anyhow that they should have any rights to publicly express their faith. People who homeschool their kids should be put in prison or mental institutions. I hope that every girl gets at least one abortion so that we won't have over-population.

I think that all these school shootings are a great way for our kids to express themselves. Since there we are just animals anyway, and bad animals at that, why should anybody feel bad about murder? Created in God's image what a joke. Kids that have no hope in God or an eternal purpose don't have a bunch of nonsense baggage to carry around.

Frank, you are doing an excellent job of villifying the religious right, they deserve it. Keep it up man, I like the way you show Christianity to be a complete joke. If Christ came again, I know you'd be right there to pound in the first nail. You would have made a great Saul (before conversion that is).