Monday, November 28, 2011

My NPR Interview on the Religious Right

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Son of influential evangelical takes on 'Sex, Mom, and God'

(Courtesy of Frank Schaeffer)

In 'Sex, Mom, and God,' Schaeffer critiques the right-wing Christian establishment that his family helped found.

Author and filmmaker Frank Schaeffer is a vocal critic of the Christian right. The son of Francis Schaeffer, an influential religious leader who helped infuse evangelism into modern politics, Frank observed conservative Christianity from the inside and witnessed its ascent in American politics.

Frank talks to Worldview about his newest bookSex, 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, which argues that today's religious right is "mired in perpetual sexual dysfunction" and, as a result, is lashing out at the rest of society.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Hartmann: Everything U Know is Wrong - Beating babies in the name of Jesus?

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Frank Schaeffer, author, "Crazy for God" joins Thom Hartmann. Did you know that there's a disturbing connection between child abuse and Christian fundamentalism?

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  • Add this to the seemingly endless list of atrocities committed in the name of a god.

  • If it weren't for that kind of abuse, we wouldn't have any soldiers to displace their childhood rage onto whoever Uncle Sam tells them to kill.

  • There is a big difference between beating and spanking. You don't tell me what to do and I won't tell you. My ex taught my kids to hate me after he stole them away and that's the kind of brainwashing crap happening in our nation today. People have moved totally away from GOD. People have individual ways about everything but the issue of discipline can be life-saving especially when its dangerous.

  • I'm a little confused. Is this video about child abuse or about some monotheistic child abuse? Do atheists and polytheists not abuse their children also? I think you are painting an unfair picture of monotheism. Allow me to elaborate... If I made a video about monetary crime and I gave countless examples of Jews who were caught in the act, would I be painting an unfair picture of Jews in general? Yes. It would be unfair and I could justifiably be called an anti-Semite. How is this any different?