So here's my question: Are the so-called New Atheists paying evangelical leaders like Franklin Graham, Mike Huckabee and D. Michael Lindsay to make Jesus look stupid? Or as I write in my new book WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peace (Chapter 9, page, 45): Sam likes to call me out of the blue and casually mention the latest dumb stunt perpetrated by the Religious Right, the Roman Catholic bishops or the Republican Party, as if I have anything to … [Read more...]
The Religious-Right’s Genius For Picking “Winners” : Are the New Atheists Paying Evangelical leaders like Franklin Graham & Mike Huckabee To Make Jesus Look Stupid?
“The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven,” written by Alex Malarkey and his father, Kevin Malarkey, is a hoax but it proved God is gay — Surprised?
Let's combine the news that The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven is a hoax with Franklin Graham saying gays can't go to heaven and the evangelical theology of damnation-- and see where it leads... Share(Courtesy of Tyndale House Publishing)"The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven," written by Alex Malarkey and his father, Kevin Malarkey, a Christian therapist in Ohio is a hoax. But the Rev. Franklin Graham says Heaven is real anyway and gays can't go. In … [Read more...]
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...]