Are Franklin Graham--and/or the 13 Evangelical leaders who wrote to Obama asking to be allowed to discriminate against gay people--gay? I'm betting the answer is yes for some of them. Evangelical Leaders of anti-gay initiatives have turned out to be closeted gays often. Those who fight to “defend the faith” in its fundamentalist harsh incarnation, as Evangelical “professional Christians” often do, have a special need-based interest in making sure other people live by the letter of the Bible’s “in … [Read more...]
When I’m in a Shit Motel on Book Tour Missing my Wife and Grandchildren I (Sometimes) Wish My Dad Had Been a Thief like the Rest of the Big Time Evangelical Leadership
(A New Eden Oil on canvas 18 x 18 by Frank Schaeffer)Why couldn't my father Francis Schaeffer have stolen from God and God’s children like everyone else? I mean I wouldn't have to be on an endless book tour actually scraping out a writer’s living staying in shit motels if he had.I miss Genie, my gorgeous luminous muse and wife of 44 years, and my soul-filling grandchildren Lucy (6), Jack (4) and Nora (7 months) who live across the street and that Genie and I do child care for 5 days a wee … [Read more...]
Christianity Today is scared of Peggy, Tony and Bart Campolo (and me) and wants to help evangelicals brainwash their children more effectively
Christianity Today is scared of Tony, Peggy and Bart Campolo and wants to help evangelicals brainwash their children more effectively so they won't turn out like Bart.The "method" is always the same. Bart isn't a Christian anymore so we need to blame his parents (while pretending not to) and improve the way we indoctrinate our kids lest they turn out like Bart or worse yet, like Frank Schaeffer.To do that the first thing we have to do is lie about them, dismiss the backsliders and make … [Read more...]
World Vision’s annual budget is $1 billion. When $1 billion is at stake you backtrack. The Evangelical establishment closed ranks against gay men and women signaling to a new generation of Christians that their religion stands for backward stupidity, not to mention hate. World Vision’s move to allow married gay people to work for the organization was denounced by evangelical leaders as a ‘disaster’ betrayal of biblical morality. Christians canceled their child sponsorship.World Vision caved. … [Read more...]
Let’s be honest. Sure some smart young people who “come to Christ” are deeply sincere. Then life happens to them and they come to see that nothing is quite as true as it was cracked up to be that night they got "saved." Then they have a choice: stick with the program, because that’s how they earn their living and/or they now are known as “Christians” so backing down is hard since their identity is on the line-- or bail.Some bail. They lose jobs, friends and family. Most who don't bail and sti … [Read more...]
Religious Right Hero, DINESH D’SOUZA Charged with Violating the Federal Campaign Finance Laws– Surprised?
Dinesh D'Souza the religious right leader and former president of ultra-fundamentalist King's College, buddy of Franklin Graham and Sarah Palin, hero to World magazine (until he wasn't!) has just been charged with a federal crime. Surprised? The man behind the ridiculous right wing lie that President Obama was secretly anti-American was fired from his post as the head of an Evangelical College because he cheated on his wife while at a Christian speaking event. And, he admitted to sharing a … [Read more...]
When Billy Graham Dies, What Circus Has Franklin Set Up to Profit, Given What He Did With His Mother’s Body?
Billy Graham is passing away. Too bad. And what will his son Franklin do with Billy's body? Lenin's Tomb anyone?When I met Billy over the years, (he used to visit my parent's home, and he and I met at various Evangelical conferences before I escaped the evangelical world) he seemed like a nice guy.As the years passed, his son Franklin Graham ( I met him at my kitchen table when we were both 9), seemed to exert quite an influence over his parents. He certainly figured out how to make … [Read more...]
As I explain in my book And God Said, "Billy!", exclusionary religion -- in other words all religions that identify people as “saved” or “lost,” or of the right tribe or race, or that demand the holding of correct doctrinal beliefs -- is a killer. Religious faith needs to be put back in the category of personal subjective experience where it belongs. Religion that claims to be "The Truth" (a la Billy Graham delusional evangelical-type thinking) is an exercise in exclusion, in dividing the human … [Read more...]