My Ted Cruz/Tea Party Blast on MSNBC–We Don’t Have a Political Problem, But an Evangelical Problem

Here’s my latest MSNBC interview from last night, in which I explain Ted and Rafael Cruz’ demented deluded evangelical/Tea Party anti-American “religion.” Evangelicalism has become the enemy of Jesus, sanity and of American values. We don’t have a political problem, we have a theological problem. It’s destroyed the Republican Party and risks our country’s future, as I show in my new book on religious delusion And God Said, “Billy!

Strange that angry evangelicals attack those including me that bring the news to them that if they — the evangelical “responsible” leadership — want to save the reputation of their movement, they better start fighting the Tea Party Republicans and reclaim the name of Christ. Here’s why. Please WATCH

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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.

  • SC

    MSNBC gives new meaning to agenda-driven journalism. They only employ opinion journalists who fit a predetermined point-of-view.

    Commentators like Al Sharpton, Chris Matthews, Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow, and Lawrence O’ Donnell share a bitter partisan spirit aimed at trashing the Republican Party. Currently the network seems to be in overdrive to win the House of Representatives to Democrats in the 2014 midterm.

    But this tone is hurting political dialogue in America. It’s a tone of intolerance mixed with sneering and condescending arrogance.

    It has been particularly disappointing to see Chris Matthews devolve into a cynical and sarcastic commentator with a venomous (and, often, irrational) hostility toward Republicans.

    • Andrew Dowling

      Are you surprised that in an open marketplace Fox News has a liberal counterpart?

    • Daniel Berrner

      “Currently the network seems to be in overdrive to win the House of Representatives to Democrats in the 2014 midterm.”

    • Vicki

      The Republican party doesn’t need any help driving themselves into the ground. They are doing a very good job all on their own.

      • SiaraDelyn

        Yeah, but they’ve gotten away with so much gerrymandering that they aren’t crashing as quickly as they deserve.

    • nkiflemar

      Hello!!! I challenge you to find anything that Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, or any of them don’t have the evidence to prove what they report. Unlike FOX! I can’t believe you are complaining how partisan MSNBC is when there is FOX, who is caught all the time, lying and hating the president more than any president has ever been hated! There is not one person on FOX that truly is balanced and liberal, unlike MSNBC who has Morning Joe and Megan McCain. Yes they are slanted left, but agenda driven? No, that would be FOX which is the Tea Party Voice of America and a branch of the Republican Party!

    • Lee

      The Republican Party has trashed America. And I don’t need the “liberal media” to tell me that. In fact I often go to conservative sites (no TV right now) like Fox, Newsmax and WND and I find those sites having the “tone of intolerance mixed with sneering and condensending arrogance.”

      “But this tone is hurting political dialogue in America”

      I agree, but most of this is coming from the religious “right” side who believes that liberals are evil incarnate. How are we supposed to have a dialogue with people like that?

      Until the Republican Party purges itself of the Tea Party/religious fanatics, I certainly do not plan to vote for them again. Quite frankly I am so burned by them that it would take me a long, long time to trust them again. They are the reason I have turned into a die-hard liberal.

      • Kay

        I have moved away from the Republucan party & fundamentalism over the Tea Party Evangelicals statements of hate & bigotry. The liberal side didn’t draw me over — I’m just not on board with being a part of what they are about. I am now more of a Centrist, but I am a Christian seeing error in what they are about.

        • Lee

          Your story is pretty much like mine, although I was an Independant. Not only do I object to their messages of hate, but they have declared war on me and people I know, the poor. I am disabled but according to them I am a leech with no redeeming value and a communist.
          It seems like they are against anyone who is not a white, middle class or higher, fundamentalist Christian, heterosexual male.
          How on earth do they expect to win elections when they insult the very people they want to vote for them?
          They have forgotten that “We the People” means EVERYONE, not just the people in their little, cultish, in-group.

    • kfreed

      Wanna see what actual intolerance looks like? Tea Party hate and intolerance 24/7:

  • Joe

    Since the “right” has such a long history of vile toward Shapton and sometimes J. Jackson I as a white male am starting to consider changing my ethnicity.

    • nkiflemar

      lol Joe, it is embarrassing sometimes just how hateful they are. Don’t forget to include the president in that! There is so much hate towards them all, but it you ask specifically why they hate them, they have no fact based reasons to hate on them, particularly the president. The things that I am not a huge fan of on Obama’s policies, ie. drones, not holding Wallstreet accountable, nor the Bush admin criminals, free trade policies and not keeping word on transparency and Guantanamo, they actually agree with him on. The other issues they supposedly hate him for don’t make sense. ACA is basically Obamacare! He hasn’t raised taxes on them, though he should! (He did try though, but he doesn’t have a majority and never did due to Kennedy’s death and Al Franken’s delay in election). Obama has been so close to the middle that if he was any closer to the middle, he might actually be a moderate Republican. Now, granted, some of that is because he has had to in order to get anything done! The only reason they can possibly really hate him is because he has some black blood in his veins. He is a very likable, nice guy and is way too concerned about appeasing those jerks on the right. Plain and simple, it is racism!

      • Lee

        ACA isn’t “basically” Obamacare. They are the same thing. ObamaCare as a title does not exist. It is a slang term

        I do agree with alot of what you say though.

    • kfreed

      LOL. Right there with ya.

  • kfreed

    That video of Ted Cruz and his dad… they only showed part of it.

    Here’s Ted Cruz and his “reasoning” for shutting down government because Jesus:

    “Ted Cruz and Rand Paul blessed by Dominionist pastors”

    Full lineup of right-wing Tea Party congress critters and ALEC members spouting the same “Christian” Nationalist rhetoric (VIDEO: elected leaders praying for America – “The Supernatural hand of God):

    *Dominionist is the term politcal researchers use to describe this Tea Party end times cult…mainly because they preach Dominion Theology (look it up).

    “Biblical Capitalism – The Religious Right’s War on Progressive Economic Policy

    **Tea Party ideology is not new but taps into decades of Religious Right instruction on ‘Biblical Capitalism.’”

    References: and (People for the American Way) (background info) (Americans United for Separation of Church and State; Rev. Barry Lynn)

    Otherwise, Google “Dominionism” or “Christian Reconstruction” and “Biblical Capitalism” (there are tons of books out on the subject as well). The reason the Tea party sounds nuts is because they are.