THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT BRUTALLY EXPOSED.

  

 “What I slowly realized was that the religious-right leaders we

were helping to gain power were not ‘conservatives’ at all, in the

 old sense of the word.

They were anti-American religious revolutionaries.” 

  

Theocracy Rejected: Former Christian Right Leaders ‘Fess up

 

By Rob Boston, Church and State
Posted on March 10, 2008, Printed on March 11, 2008
http://www.alternet.org/story/78818/

Frank Schaeffer spent several years making a good living writing books promoting the Religious Right’s worldview and speaking before rapturous crowds of fundamentalist Christians.

Schaeffer, the son of evangelical guru Francis Schaeffer, was the closest thing to a rock star that politically conservative fundamentalism can offer. As the Religious Right soared in the 1980s, Schaeffer was there to ride the wave. Young, bright and charismatic, he could have founded his own Religious Right group or perhaps even launched a political career.

Twenty years have passed. What does Schaeffer think of the Religious Right today? He wouldn’t touch it with the proverbial 10-foot pole — and the feeling is mutual. A spiritual and professional crisis brought Schaeffer to the understanding that the Religious Right has it all wrong.

“My doubts really began when I realized that the people we were working with on the Religious Right were profoundly anti-American,” Schaeffer said in a recent interview. “I began to get the same vibe from them I got from my friends on the far left during the Vietnam War. They seemed to be rooting for North Vietnam. When I was working with the Religious Right, they seemed be rooting for the failure of America. Bad news was good news for them.”

Schaeffer isn’t the only ex-Religious Right activist having second thoughts these days. About 30 years ago, a young lawyer named John W. Whitehead worked alongside people like Jerry Falwell to help birth the Religious Right. Hoping to give the movement an intellectual grounding, Whitehead penned a series of books attacking the separation of church and state and demanding a government based on Christian fundamentalism.

Whitehead’s books — The Separation Illusion, The Second American Revolution and The Stealing of America — made him a popular figure in Religious Right circles. With the backing of Falwell and others, he helped found the Council for National Policy (CNP), a secretive and highly influential coalition of Religious Right groups. He also formed the Rutherford Institute, a legal group designed to promote conservative Christian causes.

Venturing into the farthest fringes of the Religious Right, Whitehead was for several years close to Rousas John Rushdoony, a leader of the Christian Reconstructionist movement that seeks to replace America’s secular republic with a theocracy based on the Old Testament’s legal codes.

Whitehead repudiated theocracy years ago. It’s unlikely he’d be welcome at a CNP meeting now.

“Politics,” he said in a recent interview, “would never even figure into Jesus’ mind. He was a homeless person. He was like Gandhi. It wasn’t in the picture. Christianity was not founded on politics. It was founded on helping the less fortunate …. That’s how you impact culture.”

Schaeffer and Whitehead are two high-profile Religious Right apostates, but they aren’t the only ones. Even Cal Thomas, who once served as vice president of the late Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority, is critical of the Religious Right these days. Thomas in 2000 coauthored a book titled Blinded by Might: Why the Religious Right Can’t Save America.

In a column written shortly after Falwell’s death in May, Thomas opined, “The flaw in the movement was the perception that the church had become an appendage to the Republican Party and one more special interest group to be pampered. If one examines the results of the Moral Majority’s agenda, little was accomplished in the political arena and much was lost in the spiritual realm, as many came to believe that to be a Christian meant you also must be ‘converted’ to the Republican Party and adopt the GOP agenda and its tactics.”

What’s more, these critics aren’t shy about speaking out. Schaeffer details his years in the Religious Right in his recently published 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.

The tome is a frank tell-all loaded with broadsides against the Religious Right. Schaeffer does not hesitate to speak bluntly, as the following passages indicate:

  • “What I slowly realized was that the religious-right leaders we were helping to gain power were not ‘conservatives’ at all, in the old sense of the word. They were anti-American religious revolutionaries.”
  • “Pat Robertson would have had a hard time finding work in any job where hearing voices is not a requirement.”
  • “Long before Ralph Reed and his ilk came on the scene, Dad got sick of ‘these idiots’ as he often called people like Dobson in private. They were ‘plastic,’ Dad said, and ‘power-hungry.'”
  • “There were three kinds of evangelical leaders: The dumb or idealistic ones who really believed. The out-and-out charlatans. And the smart ones who still believed — sort of — but knew that the evangelical world was sh*t, but who couldn’t figure out any way to earn as good a living anywhere else.”

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JOHN EDWARDS: FOR GOVERNOR OF UTAH

I am appealing to John Edwards to run for Governor of Utah, or Nevada. The good people of those conservative states are begging for liberation from those damn liberals.

Here’s your talking points:

Tell them you are anti abortion, anti gay, anti immigration, anti truth, anti privacy, anti constitution, anti truth, anti cancer cures, anti holistic medicine, anti truth, anti free press, yadda yadda…..but PRO VACCINATIONS, because you realize that is one way to control the species.

Tell them that every new child will be named after romNEY, bob NEY, dick cheNEY, and sweeNEY. Because you have the inside info that all other politicians, outside the Circle Of Trust , don’t have.

Tell them you want to torture the hell out of the Iraqi women and children. Tell them that you will personally fund Blackwater for the next 20 years. Then, to prove it, hire their top man to help run your campaign.

Tell them that Deibold is in your geneology and all is well.

Tell them you will NEVER bring our troops home, and you will not take care of them when they return without legs. Tell them you will keep prying eyes out of all church financials because THAT money could go a long way in helping to rebuild Walter Reed.

Tell them you will make big oil richer and richer.

Tell them you will fly the Utah and Nevada flags at the White House.

Tell them that you will give Harry Reid the NATIONAL REPUBLICAN HONOR AWARD for his good work on behalf of the Bush White House.  

Tell them that old people are taking up air, and Social Security is over.

Tell them you want to kill all women who choose abortion.

Tell them you will send all mean bloggers to prison…..*somewhere*.

Tell them you want to stone all mexicans and blacks.  Except for their maids, gardeners and trash pickup.

Tell them you are going to expand Area 51 and declare Utah the Voice For God.

Tell them that everyone in America is ready for the OWR

ONE WORLD RELIGION

….because you now realize there is only one true church.

(You know it’s not really a church. But, the money is good.)  Don’t tell them that part.

Tell them gaming, 24 hour prostitution is all good as long as taxes are paid.

Tell them you won’t open any new newspaper, TV station, or Bank unless it

falls in line.

Save these people John. I know you can do it.

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REMINDER: The Definition of Jesus and other good folk

A few reminders about Love, Jesus, Buddha, and nice people.  We could use the reminder. But, if this offends Christians and other church goers, simply set it aside and forget it.

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Love never arms itself

Love never tortures

Love never pounds a pulpit

Love never limits people

Love never chooses for people

Love never punishes – but teaches

Love is always recognizable to those who know love

Love is confusing to those who do not know love

Love feeds the hungry

Love does not abandon

Love NEVER demands tithing

Love encourages honest service for others

Love illuminates

Love does not hold secrets

Love never seeks to control

Love is the definition of freedom

Love does not fix elections in the name of god

Love is always the truth at all cost

Love is confident that truth prevail – at all cost

Love is boundaryless

Love does not divide people

Love does not have it’s own news channel

Love is perfect allowance for all ideas

Love is trust that real loving ideas DO NO HARM

Love is not a white house or white horse

Love is community built on peace

Love is present in every second of every breath

Love is not hidden by a falsified veil

Nothing is hidden in truth