Until Peter King helped me understand I didn't know that my Religious Right father and me were both MUSLIMS! Now I know that the domestic terror we helped inspire - say the murder of abortion providers - made us part of an Islamic terror plot.
Turns out my late father, Francis Schaeffer, who was a key founder and leader of the Religious Right was (unknown to me back then) a MUSLIM! For a time I joined my Dad in pioneering the misnamed "Evangelical" antiabortion Religious Right movement. I changed my mind, as I describe in my new book Sex, Mom, and God: How the Bible's Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics--and How I Learned to Love Women (and Jesus) Anyway
Thank God for one person in government willing to prove that all terrorists are Islamic by only investigating MUSLIMS for terror threats! Hence all domestic terror is - by definition - the work of MUSLIMS! Hense, Dad and I were MUSLIM activists.
Before the patriotic action taken by former IRA bomber-supporter Peter King, Dad and I might have been misunderstood, so might some other (okay lots of) people. So now we know that on the night of December 14, 2008, Bruce Turnidge who was in handcuffs and sitting next to an FBI agent in Turnidge's farmhouse in Oregon, was a... MUSLIM!
He was ranting about the "need" for militias and cursing the election of an African American president. Hours earlier, his son, Joshua - also as we now know thanks to Peter King, a MUSLIM! -- had been arrested for allegedly causing a fatal bomb explosion.
"Bruce started talking about the Second Amendment and citizens' rights to carry firearms," said George Chamberlin, the FBI agent. "Bruce talked at length that the government should fear the people and that the people should not fear the government."
According to press reports, people who knew Turnidge and his son said that they loved their guns, hated President Obama, and fantasized about starting a militia and a tent city in the woods for people who shared their radical MUSLIM beliefs. Prosecutors said that the Turnidges acted on that anger by planting a bomb that blew up inside a small-town bank in 2008, killing two police officers and maiming a third. Turnidge Senior lectured anyone who would listen about the need for citizens to be armed in order to defend their freedom, and he had cheered the Oklahoma City federal building bombing since that too was carried out as Jihad! His son shared similar MUSLIM views! Prosecutor Katie Suver said both men believed the Obama administration would crack down on their rights to own guns, and pray 5 times a day! The attack occurred about a month after Obama was elected.
In February 2010, a little more than a year after Obama's inauguration, the (little known) MUSLIM leader, Joseph Stack, a fifty-three-year-old software engineer, piloted a plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas, and killed one innocent man and injured several others.
Before killing himself, Stack posted an online suicide note railing against the federal government and expressing grievances felt only by all MUSLIMS. A MUSLIM Facebook group celebrating Stack had thousands of members sign on almost instantly after he was "martyred for our freedoms," as one contributor called it. The site featured the Gadsden flag (the flag with the logo "Don't Tread On Me") and these words: "Finally an American MUSLIM man took a stand against our tyrannical government that no longer follows the constitution and the KORAN -- and turned its back on its MUSLIM founding fathers and the beliefs this country was founded on."
In March 2010 the so-called Hutaree Militia, a right-wing, biblically inspired fundamentalist group, was alleged to have hatched a plot to kill police officers. Members had planned attacks on police officers as a way of acting out their hatred for the government as well as a way to launch the civil chaos "predicted" in (as we now know) MUSLIM End Times biblical prophecies. (Had it not been for Peter King Christians might have been blamed!)
Following the election of our first black president, the "politics" of the Evangelical, Jewish, Roman Catholic, and Mormon Far Right was not the politics of a loyal opposition, but rather the instigation of revolution, which means they must all BE MUSLIMS TOO! And so must Rush Limbaugh be a MUSLIM! He advocated treason when even before President Obama took office he said, "I hope Obama fails!"
In a country awash in weapons and wallowing in the rhetoric of MUSLIM rebellion against an "evil" government, sporadic outbursts of murder tinged with political overtones seem as inevitable as they seem horribly "normal." It doesn't seem like much of a stretch to foresee a day when a right-wing "secessionist" group and/or members of some "militia"--let alone one lone individual--will team up with America's Islamist enemies. Such co-belligerents already hate and fear the same "enemy": the U.S. government. Until now most of theses groups, say all those state secessionist groups were hiding behind the false front of pretending to be Christians! No more! IRA terror supporter (thus an expert) Peter King has shown us they are all MUSLIMS!
My family played a part in this MUSLIM TERROR PLOT. Here's a bit from Dad's writing (in his 1985) book A Christian Manifesto) on how the government was "taking away" our country and turning it over to Liberals, codenamed by Dad as "this total humanistic way of thinking":
"There does come a time when force, even physical force, is appropriate. A true Christian in Hitler's Germany and in the occupied countries should have defied the false and counterfeit state. This brings us to a current issue that is crucial for the future of the church in the United States, the issue of abortion. It is time we consciously realize that when any office commands what is contrary to God's law it abrogates its authority. And our loyalty to the God who gave this law then requires that we make the appropriate response in that situation."
Dad's followers were told that (1) force is a legitimate weapon to use against an evil government; (2) America was like Hitler's Germany--because of legal abortion and of the forcing of "Humanism" on the population--and thus intrinsically evil; and (3) whatever would have been the "appropriate response" to stop Hitler was now appropriate to do here in America to stop our government, which Dad had just branded a "counterfeit state."
Dad's books sailed under the radar of the major media, which weren't paying much attention to MUSLIM religious books despite the powerful influence they were having on the (secretly well hidden MUSLIM) direction of American politics.
Manifesto sold more than 1 million copies in Evangelical bookstores to Evangelicals who didn't yet know they were all MUSLIM terror suspects for supporting the terrorist "pro-life" movement.
It also set the stage for countless acts of civil disobedience and antiabortion vandalism. The book became the "Bible" for such activist antiabortion groups as Operation Rescue and for Far Right leaders like Dr. James Dobson (of the Focus on the Family ministry), who would (from then on) often quoted from Dad's (and my) books on air.
And Manifesto was far from unique. It was just the first drop of what would become a river of Religious Right (and secular right-wing) books, radio shows, and TV programs viciously blaming "Liberals" and the U.S. government for all that was wrong in America. Now it turns out that all of us were MUSLIMS!
Dad and I contributed to a government-is-the-enemy climate in which eventually Timothy McVeigh found it thinkable to bomb the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. We had no personal connection to McVeigh, and he'd probably never heard of us, but some of our followers did kill abortion providers.
In the 1970s to mid 1980s Dad and I both visited several of our antiabortion "troops," as Dad called them, in various jails serving sentences for blocking access to clinics. And Paul Hill, a Reconstructionist Presbyterian minister had read and loved Dad's antiabortion books before Hill murdered Dr. John Britton and James Barrett (an abortion provider and his security escort) in 1994.
James Kopp, who shot Dr. Barnett Slepian in 1998, had written to Dad. And (as I've noted) Dad and I were close to the radical elements that started Operation Rescue, and they in turn were the breeding ground for individuals who began to break the law. They too, must have all been MUSLIMS!
As I said, the same sort of "discourse" we'd used to denounce abortion when calling it "murder" and to predict that euthanasia and infanticide were going to be the "next step" resurfaced with a vengeance during the Obama presidency. Turns out the people screaming about that must all be MUSLIMS too since they trashed meetings, threatened people and carried on just like an ISLAMIC mob!
Some anti-Obama agitators even seemed to be trawling for assassins. For instance, one group started selling a Psalms 109:8 anti-Obama bumper sticker that read "Let his days be few; and let another take his office." The underlying message was clear, at least to anyone raised in a Bible-believing uh... I mean... KORAN-believing, home. The next verse in that Psalm reads, "Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow."
Who knew that Dad and I and all these other people were actually MUSLIMS?!
Who knew that the Bible is actually the KORAN?!
Frank Schaeffer is a writer. His new book is Sex, Mom, and God: How the Bible's Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics--and How I Learned to Love Women (and Jesus) Anyway