Many people have wondered for some time, “Just how far will Franky Schaeffer go before he is officially batsh*t insane?” Now we know: he’s urging Occupy Wall Street to target conservative Evangelicals and conservative Catholics.
Because without the fundamentalists [sic] and their “values” issues the lower 99 percent could not have been convinced to vote against their (our) economic self-interest, in other words, vote for Republicans serving only billionaires instead of the rest of us.
Wall Street is a legitimate target for long overdue protest but so are the centers of religious power that are the gate keepers of Republican Party “values” voters that make the continuing economic rape possible.
Fundamentalist religion — Evangelical and Roman Catholic alike — has delegitimized the US Government and thus undercut its ability to tax, spend and regulate [emphasis in the original — RD]
The fundamentalist have replaced economic and political justice with a bogus (and hate-driven) “morality” litmus tests of spurious red herring “issues” from abortion to school prayer and gay rights. The result has been that the masses of lower middle class and poor Americans who should be voting for Democrats and thus their own economic interests, have been persuaded to vote against their own class and self interest.
Got that? Conservative Catholics and Evangelicals have stealthily deceived the country into voting Republican because of moral issues, allowing the country to be “raped.”
More from the man who now makes his living writing books telling the world how sexually broken his parents were:
“Bring America back to the Bible” is really no more subtle than the claim of the Iranian Mullahs to rule in “God’s name” so that Iran too can come back to God. And if you can get Americans to worry about the Bible and not fairness and justice then you have handed a perpetual victory to Goldman Sacks [sic] and company.
What we face is not a loyal opposition but a force within America as alien as the Taliban, and with the same alienated aims where our government is concerned. What we witnessed in the last congressional elections was not an election as we understand the term but the start of a putsch.
Just so you’re clear, Evangelicals and conservative Catholics are like religious totalitarians, and Nazis. So says Franky Schaeffer.
So how do we rid our country of these Christonazis, Franky?
Again: If the Wall Street protests are to mean anything they have to not just protest Wall Street and inequality but also protest the root source of America’s tilt to the far unregulated corporate right . It is time to also protest outside mega churches, Evangelical publishing houses, religious organisations that lead the “moral” crusades against women and gays and all the rest. [emphasis in the original — RD]
Mind you, there’s nothing at all wrong in principle with criticizing conservative Christians of whatever stripe for their role in politics. But this is something way beyond the boundaries of decency. Just imagine that instead of “Catholics,” “Evangelicals,” and “fundamentalists,” this rant about an alien, un-American cabal who was maliciously tricking honest Americans into voting for wealthy fatcats who “raped” the country was about Jews. It would be perfectly clear what kind of demon Franky Schaeffer was calling up. Arianna Huffington, is this really the kind of man you want to have posting at HuffPo?
So, what’s next for Francis Schaeffer’s problem child. Semi-automatic rifle in the tower? Kidnapping Patty Hearst? Spontaneous combustion? Sad.
UPDATE: Franky has been Orthodox — a source of embarrassment to many of us Orthodox lately — but now it appears that he has left Christianity altogether:
Now he believes, with seeming certainty, that the Bible is the “unauthorized [biography] about the deity” written by “bronze age schmucks who were finding ways to control their wives and daughters … who in hindsight were trying to say ‘see? God made us do it so it’s ok.’”
“Life is not long enough to conclude anything, it’s only enough to try your best along the way,” Schaeffer said, and further, “if salvation is correct doctrine, then everyone is lost.” To those who hold religious beliefs he said, “believe me, you will someday reach a point where you know that was dumb.” Schaeffer said his life, “for better or worse, worse mainly, happens to intersect the rise of the the religious right in America, which also happens to have ruined the United States.” He believes a deity exists, and accepts some select moral teachings from Christianity but, “Jesus had to be separated in my mind from a political movement before I could even consider looking at the teaching again as anything but an appendage of a system that failed.”
What a tormented man.