how evangelical Protestantism lost me

"This essay, which represents my first detailed public statement on how evangelical Protestantism lost me, is addressed both to those evangelicals who are celebrating momentum on LGBTQ acceptance within the “big tent,” as well as to those evangelicals whom I would describe as fundamentalist, or fundamental-ish. The ones who still represent the majority of evangelicals, the ones I come from." *** So writes Christopher Stroop, PhD, History and Humanities (Stanford University) and Senior Lecturer, S … [Read more...]

The Apologetics Lie my Daddy and Me Used to Tell

 A Facebook friend sent me a note and a link to one of my dad's old speeches he'd given in 1982 at Coral Gables Church. I spoke there too back in the bad old days of my far right activism. I re-watched the talk. Dad mentioned the projects we'd worked on together several times. It was good to hear his voice. But... while so much of what Dad said was so well said, there is so much I've grown to fear and disagree with.It all boils down to this: apologetics. Dad was relying on a … [Read more...]

Here’s Another (Visual) Reason to Keep the Republicans out of the White House

Here's another reason to keep the Republicans out of the White House...they would not light up the White House in the rainbow of colors! Thanks Mr. President! Every single GOP candidate for president blasted the Supreme Court for making gay marriage a right the very same week they blasted them (and filed new lawsuits, no kidding!) for upholding health care for the poor, the very same week they defended the confederate flag. At least the GOP is consistent-- they just hate everyone... except … [Read more...]

Google Proves that “Gun Control” is Hotter than “Gun Shops” — A Sign of Hope?

As Alexandra Ma notes in "Americans Are Googling 'Gun Control' Instead Of 'Gun Shop'" (Huffington Post) Google just released fascinating data on how Search users reacted to the racist violence on June 17 in SC. Its newly revamped Trends tool has a rundown of the topics people searched after the tragedy.  The data shows that searches for "gun control" surpassed those for "gun shop" across the United States. This is something new.Searches for "gun shop" are usually more popular than "gun cont … [Read more...]

Only Stupid White Scum (and Cowards) Fly the Confederate Flag

A picture from the ‘Last Rhodesian’ website appears to show Charleston shooting suspect Scum, God-hating, America-hating traitor and COWARD Dylann Roof. Photograph: internet GuardianThe Confederate flag is STILL seen waving in front of the state capitol building in Columbia, South Carolina. Photograph: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty ImagesWHY? WHY? WHY? Frank Schaeffer is a writer. His latest book --WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peace … [Read more...]

Republican Lies About Obama Contributed to the Climate of Murder and Hate That Just Exploded in SC

The white supremacist gunman told his black victims "you rape our women and you're taking over our country" as he massacred nine people inside a historic African-American church in the southern city of Charleston, according to news reports. The killer said he thought blacks were trying to take over America. Then he killed the pastor and eight other "invaders."( This April 2015 photo released by the Lexington County Detention Center shows Dylann Roof, 21. Photo / AFP)The young suspect … [Read more...]

Please Join me at the Wild Goose Festival (get 30% off your ticket too!)

I’d like to thank you for being a part of my life and thus part of my favorite event: the Wild Goose Festival this year! I donate my time to WG each year and pay my own expenses to get there as well as speak at WG, because I always am refreshed. This is my once-a-year church/cleanse/rejuvenate session. Join me please, maybe even buy me a beer! Will you help me spread this word? Please share the good news about Wild Goose with your network. You can share this also: when you or your friends use t … [Read more...]

Put it this way: church may be a son-of-a-bitch, but it’s my son-of-a-bitch!

Some of my secular (or lapsed ex-religious) friends don’t get why I “still” go to church. When they say, “Frank, God’s only in your head!” my answer is, “Yeah, whatever. What isn’t?”Or as the poet Yehuda Amichai writes in Gods Come and Go, Prayers Remain Forever:I say with perfect faiththat prayers precede God.Prayers created God.God created man,And man creates prayersthat create God who creates man.My question isn’t, “Did I create God who creates me?” but, “Do I n … [Read more...]


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