Friday, October 29, 2010

My Anti-Republican Party Blast

Here's my latest on Huffington Post

Click Here: The Stink of Right Wing Moral Failure Is About to Overcome America

The Stink of Right Wing Moral Failure Is About to Overcome America

In the 1970s and 80s I was a Far Right instigator, a leader of the (then new) anti-abortion movement. I describe why I left this movement in my book Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back. My late father Francis Schaeffer has been called the father of the Religious Right. I -- following the Evangelical "holy tradition" of North Korea-style nepotism -- was for a time his sidekick. Together we helped set the table for the feast of reactionary hate America is about to dine on as the White Far Right/Neoconservative War Machine and the Religious non-reality-based anti-modern Permanent American Lynch Mob hits America in the mouth for daring to elect our first black president.

Make no mistake: the deep river of know-nothing sewage that flows just under the American surface is about to gush into view with the Far Right takeover of at least one part of our Congress.

Who is the Republican Far Right and what do they want? To understand our Republican future -- check out our recent Republican past. These are the "patriots" who gave us:

  • Two non-stop wars that needlessly killed over 5,000 Americans

  • Replaced our military with a mercenary killers-for-hire dirty world of "contractors" that now outnumber our men and women in every American military operation

  • Destroyed our economy by deregulating business and the banks

  • Launched an anti-gay "gays-choose-to-be-gay" mythology on America leading to the further oppression of gay men and women

  • Put secretive Far Right religious operatives including the "C-Street" ("Family") in positions of influence through members of congress who are in their pockets

  • Aided and abetted the death to gays legislation in Uganda

  • Tried to launch a race and religion war in America by stirring up hate against the Muslim minority

  • Have tried to turn non-Latino Americans into a Latino-fearing xenophobic anti-immigrant mob

  • Created the climate wherein abortion providers were first labeled "baby killers" then murdered

  • Lied about the President, saying he isn't American, is a Muslim, is the Antichrist

  • Unleashed a plague of guns on America feeding one murder spree after another

  • Struck down over a century of legal rulings limiting the buying and selling of elections by corporations, giving us a "new" and "improved" system of unlimited secret contributions to eviscerate even the pretense of actual democracy and finally hand America over to the super wealthy -- maybe forever

  • Run candidates for Congress who are calling for the violent overthrow of the American Government should they fail at the ballot box

  • Supported anti-science, anti-education biblical mythology

  • Backed candidates who want to force rape victims to carry their pregnancies to term

  • Fought people fighting global warming and plunged us into an irrevocable date with global death while reaping short term profits for the coal and oil industry

  • Turned America into a permanent war machine and made a buck off the volunteers (like my Marine son) who serve

  • Put the American future in hock to Far Right Zionists forever by backing the settlers in the State of Isreal and by trying to undermine peace iniatives

  • Put America in hock to Far Right Evangelicals who are rooting for the "return of Christ" and the Apocalypse...

And should the Republicans take Congress you haven't seen anything yet.

To change the way things are we need to understand why at any given moment about a third of our population doesn't care about what is true -- or even fact-based -- but instead live life informed by self-reinforcing beliefs which are proudly non-fact-based and rooted in deep-seated resentment that can't be cured because what is resented never actually happened.

And if you'd like to know how THESE PEOPLE got to be this way and why resistance to facts in particular and loathing of education in general is proudly maintained within an impenetrable Right Wing Echo Chamber, take a look at my family and allow my biblically preoccupied childhood, youth and nepotistic evangelical career to become briefly yours.

But before you read another word by me or anyone else vote and get others to vote for any Democrat in any race.

Stop the flood of putrid moral failure that is about to engulf us.

Frank Schaeffer is a writer and author of Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back


Dave said...

I really enjoy your posts. I am going to buy Crazy for God and read it. In the early 80's I became a born again Christian and ended up falling for a lot of the Religious Right stuff. I have since come to my senses. There was just no way I could remain a fundamentalist it wasn't in my nature. I am still a Christian and I insist on keeping my mind open. Thank you for all you do it helps me to know you are out there and are telling the truth.

L. A. Peck said...

I have been reading your work since "Addicted to Mediocrity" ages ago. I grew up in the religious right and attended Christian schools from junior high school right through college (where your father's book "How Should We Then Live" was a text book for a class).

In my 30's I was finally able to accept the fact that I was a lesbian - and then began the real hard work of working through my spirituality and unlearning all of the things I'd been taught - especially in the realms of faith and politics.

I have watched the growth of the religious right and the ever expanding tentacles of their influence with great concern. In my opinion, they are a real danger to democracy and to the republic. Yet they cloak themselves in halcyon tales of "Leave it to Beaver" America and have hood-winked a generation into thinking they pose no threat at all.

They teach a pseudo-American history via David Barton. As a result they have twisted American history just as they have twisted the historic Christian faith.

Thank you for standing up to them, for taking the flack and remaining, as it were, a voice in the wildernss.


Leonardo Ricardo said...

I -- following the Evangelical "holy tradition" of North Korea-style nepotism -- was for a time his sidekick.¨ FS

Sometimes you knock me out of my hemisphere.

Thanks, I needed that,

VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS (I already sent my overseas ballot in)!

Chris Hoff said...

some of what you say is backed up with facts, but most of your list is based on speculation and mis-guided interpretation. i don't know how or why you think the religious right are a bunch of prejudicial hate mongers, but the fact of it is that there are plenty, in fact, the majority of christian population who may not agree with the things people do, but nonetheless absolutely love the people. why people are somehow deemed as unloving because they disagree with a lifestyle or a set of moral choices is beyond me. i thought this was america, where people are allowed to disagree respectfully and not be labeled as people who are filled with hate. if loving people means you have to agree with what they choose to do then you have a false perception and definition of what love truly is and i guess you would be deemed as a hater of people like me, which is also quite unloving, but i presume that you would not want to be labeled as such. so why then do you deem the entire right wing as a bunch of haters? do you label an entire group of people based on the selected few? people like me who could be labeled as having right wing beliefs and values are only aksing that we return to what made us great and bring back God in this country, from whom all things exist, be honest, be integral, value family in the highest regard, value life, stop regulating everything, push for privatization and give rise again to the spirit of entrepreneurship instead of taking people's hard earned money and giving it to those who are unwilling to work for it.

have you ever considered that maybe there are deep seeded issues in your own heart that perhaps who need healing from. the connotations of your post seemed tainted with anger and hostility, not the tone of someone who is secure, loving and whole as a person. maybe i'm one of those who are deemed "the religious right", but the fact is i concede that i'm a finite being put here by my creator and as such i'm willing to accept that apart from him, Christ Jesus, i can do nothing. we all need to examine our heart from time to time and see if there are roots of unforgiveness and ask for God's healing. maybe one day you'd be open to search and find that for yourself. i need it too! heck, we all do!

OHknighty said...

I am sorry, but you helped make this happen. What are you doing to help us? This is Frankenstein's monster and you set it loose. I respect you and what you have to say, but I am very upset because of this nonsense.