Do You Know Who Launched the Shutdown? Hint: He’s Southern, a Birther, White and an Ardent Evangelical Who Serves as an Elder in His Fundamentalist Church

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Do you know who launched the shutdown? Hint: He’s Southern, white and an ardent evangelical who serves as an elder in his fundamentalist church. His name is Mark Meadows. Watch this news clip about him. It explains all you need to know about why it’s a bad idea to have ardent evangelicals run for national office. They just don’t live in a fact-based world.

Of course America is on the brink because of religiously deluded conviction. Here’s my friend Rachel Maddow giving a great explanation of the inexplicable actions of the Meadows and his Republican dupes. What Rachel didn’t say  is that the root of the magical thinking on the right is delusional evangelical theology. Find out where the idiot goes to church before you cast that vote! I guess I’m pretty tuned in to the price we pay for electing myth-based leaders and their recent congressional folly because of writing my new book and thereby unpacking the insanity of the fundamentalist American subculture– And God Said, “Billy!”

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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.

  • Proudscalawag

    Frank, North Carolina is an ancestral state of mine. Need I tell you how bottomless a groan this possible distant cousin of mine (AAAAAUUUUGH!!) elicits?
    Continue to illuminate so we can catch such roaches! (Another long groan) :-)

  • Bill Davis

    Teabagger Terrorist Turd.

  • Bob Black

    I don’t blame Mark Meadows. I blame the people of North Carolina who voted for him. Put the blame where it really lies; the lunatic fringe of America that resides, for the most part, in the south. These Tea Party Congresspeople don’t rise to power without the uneducated, willfully ignorant boobs who continue to vote for them. They ignore polls that say how unpopular the Republican Party and Congress are because they don’t matter. They don’t matter at all. Congress has an approval rating in the single digits, but a re-election rate that approaches 90%. It doesn’t matter what polls say about how Americans feel about Congress. When election time rolls around the shut-down will be a distant memory (or what SEEMS distant to low-IQ, Fundamentalist Christian voters) and he will trot out his rhetoric about abortion and gays and the people of his district will re-elect him. We need to realize that the south will continue to send these kooks to Congress until we find a way to gerrymander them out of relevancy as an entire district..

    • Carol

      It is not stupidity, but irrational (and largely subconscious) hatred for the Federal Government that defeated the Southern Confederacy in the cultural Civil War between the North and the South. We are still locked in a struggle between the more communitarian agrarian values of the South and the mercantilist values (disvalues?) of Industrialization which includes the wage slavery of the North which is more subtle, but just as dehumanizing as the more overt institutionalized slavery of the Old South.

      The Tea Party represents a partnership between corporate elitism and religious fundamentalism, the worst of both regional cultures What they have in common is their fascist politics.

      “The strategic adversary is fascism… the fascism in us all, in our heads and in our everyday behavior, the fascism that causes us to love power, to desire the very thing that dominates and exploits us.” ― Michel Foucault

      “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.” ~Benito Mussolini

      “Now is as good a time as ever to revisit the history of the Crusades, or the sorry history of partition in Kashmir, or the woes of the Chechens and Kosovars. But the bombers of Manhattan represent fascism with an Islamic face, and there’s no point in any euphemism about it. What they abominate about ‘the West,’ to put it in a phrase, is not what Western liberals don’t like and can’t defend about their own system, but what they do like about it and must defend: its emancipated women, its scientific inquiry, its separation of religion from the state. Loose talk about chickens coming home to roost is the moral equivalent of the hateful garbage emitted by Falwell and Robertson, and exhibits about the same intellectual content.” ― Christopher Hitchens

      • BillClintonsShorts17

        Fascism? Where the government lets you think you own something but dictates to you on how to use it? That’s what we have with Obama and his capitalist cronies like G.E. CEO Jeff Immelt. Yep, saddle the people with poisonous curly cue lights that cost three or four times that of the good old Edison incandescents. All for the profit of the buddies of the regime.

  • Carol

    Jingoistic nationalism and fundamentalist religion are a toxic mix.
    It is sadly ironic that it is Christian fundamentalists, not Islamic fundamentalists, that are bringing America down.

    “Patriotism is proud of a country’s virtues and eager to correct its deficiencies; it also acknowledges the legitimate patriotism of other countries, with their own specific virtues. The pride of nationalism, however, trumpets its country’s virtues and denies its deficiencies, while it is contemptuous toward the virtues of other countries.
    It wants to be, and proclaims itself to be, ‘the greatest’, but greatness is not required of a country; only goodness is.” –Sydney J. Harris, journalist and author (1917-1986)

    Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.
    The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their
    religious clout with wisdom…. I’m frankly sick and tired of the political
    preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a
    moral person, I must believe in ‘A,’ ‘B,’ ‘C,’ and ‘D.’ Just who do they think
    they are?… I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate
    their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of “conservatism.” – Barry Goldwater, (1909–1998), five-term US Senator, Republican Party nominee for President in 1964*, Maj. Gen., US Air Force Reserves, author of The Conscience of a Conservative.