“The Evangelicals Are a Cancer In the Republican Party” (Watch Frank Schaeffer on MSNBC)

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About Frank Schaeffer

Frank Schaeffer is an American author, film director, screenwriter and public speaker. He is the son of the late theologian and author Francis Schaeffer. He became a Hollywood film director and author, writing several internationally acclaimed novels including And God Said, "Billy!" as well as the Calvin Becker Trilogy depicting life in a fundamentalist mission home-- Portofino, Zermatt, and Saving Grandma.

  • GD

    “These Evangelicals are like cancer.” So true, Frank, so true.

  • harry vest

    Al Sharpton is a joke and knows nothing about what he’s talking about. Schaeffer on the other hand has lived it. What bothers me the most about both of them is they seem to ignore the fact that this election was anything but a landslide. They are both buying into the lie that overly cocky Democrats have been spewing since the morning of Nov. 7. I’d like to ask people like Sharpton, Maddow and Matthews were have they been for the last 30 years while the so called “Religious Right” have been infiltrating every facet of politics in America? They seem, like most obnoxious head-in-the-sand Democrats, to have just recently jumped on this bandwagon. Well, too little too late is what I say!! You had your chance for 30 years!!! The “Religious Right” and “The Tea Party” are here to stay and one sad day in the not so distant future will take the country. With Obama’s election what we have is a “wiemer republic” era (the years before Adolf Hitler came to power). Mark my words, the “Religious Right” is anything but over. Next time they’ll come back stronger than ever possibly with a more subtle and populist figure leading them. God help us!!!

  • Frank Schaeffer

    Hi Harry thanks for your comment. I hope you are wrong, time will tell. Meanwhile I think that some of the perspectives over on my Facebook Page about this clip are interesting and I want to import/copy/share them here. Take a look:

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    “The Evangelicals Are a Cancer In the Republican Party” (Watch Frank Schaeffer on MSNBC)
    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.
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    Roel N. De Leeuw Would it not be smart, Frank, to have the GOP split up in a part representing the riight wing conservative evangelicals and a part more to the middle? Say between the democrats and the tea party?
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    Robin Mattingly Missed you on the Rev’s show last night, but have just shared. Nice job. :)
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    Frank Schaeffer Thanks Robin!
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    Frank Schaeffer http://www.patheos.com/blogs/frankschaeffer/2012/11/the-evangelicals-are-a-cancer-in-the-republican-party-watch-frank-schaeffer-on-msnbc/

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    Carole Jensen Grr. I am so sick of hearing these folks describe their positions as “pro-life” and “pro-family.” *I’m* pro-life and pro-family, and it has nothing to do with “personhood amendments” or “one man and one woman.”
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    Devon Moore Very nice! None can top your credibility surrounding this issue!
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    Carole Jensen It seems like the moderates are already “peeling off” into other things, like some of the experimental online third-party stuff that went on this election, as the GOP tossed them out of the picture either via elections vs. Tea Party candidates, or by elbowing them out of the debates/primaries (like Huntsman). Wondering if moderates might pull together a “third party” instead of the extremists…
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    Sinister Egg I watched it yesterday with a sense of comfort and attentiveness, that Finally! we have someone credible who has the audacity to push up against the established Evangelical fundamentalists who have so frayed our Republic with their lobbying and interje…See More
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    David A Duncan interesting stuff
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    Laurel Bolesky Guerrero I went on MSNBC last night at 6:15 out here in Seattle and couldn’t find you! Sorry I missed your discussion, but I tried.
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    Eric Cernyar There are not very many “I’m moderate, and I’m angry as Hell” types. So there isn’t much likelihood, in the near term at least, of a strong middle third party developing.
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    Carole Jensen Eric: On the other hand, when moderate, lower-key people have a goal (like “we need a party that’s not the GOP”), they do tend to find real-world ways to get the job done. I’m thinking (from all the folks I’ve heard say “I would have voted for Huntsman…See More
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    Veronica Zundel Surely the Republican Party is a cancer in the evangelicals?
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    Wayne Howell I’m not sure who is a cancer on whom, but I appreciate it when Frank pursues improvement.
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    Frank Schaeffer Veronica, VERY well put, better than what I said by far. F
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    Gregg Dunn Evangelicals had a choice to make, go with God or go with the Republicans under the false premise that by merging with the Republican Party, they would win elections and institute “God’s agenda”. The Evangelicals have tried to change people and the na…See More
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    John Taylor Frank, you cracked me up with that stern look you had, when the camera came in on you. Al has always had a funny way of expressing himself, too.

    Thanks again for sharing this. Informative as always.
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    Luke Gillespie Another great interview, Frank. Just posted a link on your page above: interesting lecture on some historical background to the religious right that is a good companion to your books/interviews. I added a link, too.
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    Jim Pivonka Gregg, the choice you speak of was present for people of some theological persuasions, but not for others. I have never understood what is meant by the umbrella term “Evangelical”, but I know that our present political predicament hinges, in large part…See More
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    Gregg Dunn Jim, I agree–to a certain extent. I am involved with many conservative Evangelical Christians. I think they would agree with you that they are charged in protecting God’s Kingdom (on earth & in heaven). However, the leaders of their movement truly don’t believe in this, but use this as a means to obtain wealth & power (and this isn’t just national leaders, many local pastors do the exact same thing as national leaders). So, the foot soldiers who seem to believe what they are being told by their leadership have made many mistakes–but one big mistake–they take their leaders word for it and don’t truly seek the Word of God in the Bible. That is why most of the conservative Evangelicals I come into contact with can quote Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck, but they can’t quote the Greatest Commandments according to Jesus (yet, they will know most of the Ten Commandments). They can quote numerous Scripture about homosexuality and leave out the other parts about cheating on your wife, mistreating your neighbor, lying tongues and gossipers, etc. And when it is pointed out that Romans 1 is more than just about homosexuality, it is that we are liars, haters, murderers, lustful, envious of others, etc. These same Evangelicals will stare blindly as if you are a crazy man. The point is Evangelicals for the most part pick and choose what IS TRUE in the Bible to fit their political positions and ignore or dismiss the rest of the Bible that doesn’t fit. Funny how what Evangelicals find to be the most true in the Bible fits right in with the Republican agenda.
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    Frank Schaeffer Hi Gregg, this is a great essay you’ve posted here as a “comment.” Really outstanding. Thank you. Best, Frank
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  • http://theologyoflove.wordpress.com John Arthur

    Hi Frank,

    The Religious Right in the USA is obsessed with abortion phobia and homophobia. As an Aussie and thus an outsider to US politics, I was bewildered by the rise of the Religious Right in the Republican Party in the eighties and up to today. Hopefully this last election sees the waning power of this group. I only hope that Republicans begin to move towards the centre.

    It seems that Left Wing Evangelicals of the Soujourners/Jim Wallis and the Red Letter Christians variety are marginalized among White Evangelicals. More to the pity. Let’s hope that more Evangelicals come to adopt a Jesus centred hermeneutic that you hinted at in your previous article on your blog and that Evangelicals like Wallis and Campolo also adopt. Is there much chance of this, or will Reconstructionists continue to subtly lead other Right wing Evangelicals in the direction of theocracy? Heaven help America if they do and iif such ideas are eventually embraced by the Republican Party and the Republican Party captures the popular vote!

    Keep up the good work of reminding people of the dangers of Domionism, a Republican version of political Calvinism and of Fundamentalism when wedded to a politics that sees Jesus as pro-rich, pro-war, anti abortion, anti equaility for women, anti equal rights for gays and lesbians . All such things are a travesty of Jesus’ command to love our needy neighbour as we love ourselves.

    John Arthur

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  • http://www.nature.com Agnikan

    Preach it, Frank.

  • Matt

    Frank, I am currently reading and enjoying Sex, Mom, and God, and read Crazy for God when it came out. What I find disturbing is that you tell your story as though you were always aware of the absurdity and destructiveness of your erstwhile role. Did you ever believe in the principles you claimed to support as a voice of the Religious Right, or was it always just a way to seek your fortune? If the latter, then that makes you the most unreliable of unreliable narrators. Just saying.

    By the way, many accuse you of betraying or badmouthing your famous parents. I don’t feel that you are guilty of this. On the contrary, you give a sense of what great–though flawed–people your parents were/are. After reading your books, I wish I had been around to meet them, even if I wouldn’t have agreed with them on most things.