The GOP Shutdown is a Godsend for the Emergent/Convergent Progressive Churches and Will Pay my Electric Bill Too!

I predict that the slow falling away of a whole generation of evangelical young people from fundamentalist faith – and not a few older folks like me too – has just been exponentially accelerated. Thank you Jesus! Thank you Ted Cruz! The shutdown has not only laid bare the stupidity of the right wing hostage takers running and ruining the Republican Party, it’s also exposed fundamentalist American religion to the harshest light of day as never before.The root cause of the shutdown is the evang … [Read more...]

No Place Left to Hide for the None-Too-Bright Delusional White Male Rubes Hijacking the GOP

The 40 Fools in Congress (the extremist driving this shutdown show) might as well be a global militant Islamist organization founded by Osama bin Laden in Peshawar, Pakistan. Speaking as the father of a US Marine who spent 2 tours in Afghanistan hunting for bin Laden, I say to the Tea Party/Congressional 40: Please take off those flag pins! After the faith, credit and economy of the US risks being shattered, then recovers, and this shutdown is all said and done, where do “patriots” like Lim … [Read more...]

Send the Bill For the Shutdown to the Evangelicals

Don't like the shutdown? Send the bill to the evangelicals. People schooled to live in a make-believe magical facts-be-damned world took over the Republican Party. The Tea Party is the pro-life evangelical subculture reborn with a few libertarian nuts thrown in. I’m talking about the bedrock mostly southern and mountain state evangelical conservatives that are anything but conservative. The pro-life, home-school, anti-government far right is the evangelical movement. And it's radically anti A … [Read more...]

“AMERICAN JESUS” — The Wounded Subculture of American Religion

There is something extraordinarily dangerous and ugly at the heart of American life: literalistic religion. There is something extraordinarily beautiful and enlightening at the heart of American life: literalistic religion. Now there is a movie that explores this paradox: what's uniquely best about America -- religious freedom -- is also our continuous downfall.I'm an author and commentator not a journalist. So it's not often I get the pleasure of stumbling on what's called a "scoop." This … [Read more...]

I Blame God For the Shutdown

I understand the delusional thinking leading to the potential government shutdown. I understand it from the from the inside and better than the editors of the New York Times do. See, they leave God out of the equation. Rational people just don't "get" holy war.I’ve spent the last twenty-five years writing my way out of my false past certainties. My latest attempt to explain myself to myself is my book about religious delusion: And God Said, “Billy!” Yet in spite of the therapy of writing five … [Read more...]

American Religious Right and Russian Orthodox Leaders are Colluding in Putin’s Persecution of Gay People

With the disgusting acquiescence of the Russian Orthodox bishops, Vladimir Putin has accomplished what Sarah Palin, Franklin Graham and Michele Bachmann could only dream of doing in America. He's made it okay to persecute gay people people in Russia. As Adam Lee notes, Putin has built his power base of corruption and terror with the help of the religious and conservative elements of his society. He's become expert at courting the alliance of the Russian Orthodox Church. And here in America … [Read more...]

Why I Just Asked Nadia Bolz-Weber to Marry Me or at Least Let Me Tattoo Her Face on My Chest

 This is the Nadia picture I'm tattooing on my chest.From: Nadia Bolz-Webber To: Frank Schaeffer Subject: your new book And God Said, "Billy!"Fri, Sep 20, 2013 7:40 amIt's like nothing I've ever read, Frank. Amazing! Here you go!"Only Frank Schaeffer could write a novel that details the hilarious absurdity of Christian Fundamentalism only to then enter the confounding beauty and redemptive mystery of Christian liturgical transition. A novel for anyone who … [Read more...]

NEWSFLASH! The POPE is SANE!

 Pope Francis said in an interview published Thursday that the Roman Catholic Church must no longer focus on abortion, contraception and gay marriage. Trouble is the American Roman Catholic Church is being manipulated by some very extreme people. They will not be happy!Robert George, (the Princeton professor behind the extreme recent rightward tilt of the American Roman Catholic bishops and, according to the New York Times one time mentor to Glenn Beck) Antonin Scalia, and the … [Read more...]


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