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?
Pope Francis Denounces Religious Fundamentalism — Is the Pope an Atheist Who Believes in God… Like Me?
Pope Francis must have been reading my new book that extols the virtues of embracing tolerance and paradox over what I call "certainty addiction." The pope said, "Religious fundamentalism, even before it eliminates human beings by perpetrating horrendous killings, eliminates God himself, turning him into a mere ideological pretext."The pope denounced the religious fundamentalism that inspired the Paris massacres and ongoing Mideast conflicts, saying the attackers were enslaved by "deviant f … [Read more...]
According to Wikipedia “Evangelicalism is a worldwide Protestant movement, maintaining that the essence of the gospel consists in the doctrine of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ's atonement.” The truth is something else. Let me rephrase: Evangelicalism is a worldwide Protestant movement, maintaining the essence of personality cults consisting in the doctrine of profitable empire-building in order to control mentally damaged certainty addicts.As old Schaeffer family friend and once leading … [Read more...]
“Here’s the Most Horrible Phrase in the English Language: ‘How have you grown in the Lord lately?’” Gay, Proud and Liberated A Reader of Mine Speaks Out
"Any sexual hangups I may have postponed were now thrown to the wind. I was liberated and quickly made up for lost time with a new male partner who was also freshly divorced. My label was now Gay (and proud) and not a religious one..."Nov 20th, 6:12amHi again Bob, thanks, what a wonderful piece, may I use it on my Patheos blog sometime, and use your real name?Frank SchaefferBob SignorelliNov 20th, 6:13amYes, … [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...]
Apple CEO Tim Cook came out as gay in an essay for Bloomberg Businessweek where he said "So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."Will the editors of Christianity Today, the college presidents, like Gordon College's leader who signed a letter demanding to be exempt from civil rights laws that protect gay men and women from discrimination as a matter of "religious liberty" now ban Apple products from campus and offi … [Read more...]
“In this context and with a heavy heart, I hereby return my diploma to the Gordon College Board of Trustees”
Frank, Thanks again for offering to post this on Patheos.com. In addition to registering my personal protest via the direct letter and return of my diploma to Gordon College, I'm interested in having the letter reach Gordon students, faculty, alumni, and 'friends' of Gordon College. I sent it to a contact on faculty at Gordon just yesterday morning and have received numerous positive and appreciative responses already. I understand that the faculty are under a gag order from the adm … [Read more...]
Christians’ Constitutional Religious “Right” to Discriminate and Abuse Post-Hobby-Lobby, Wheaton and Gordon
Q: What kind of mental breakdown causes parents to pack a six-year-old girl off to a boarding school 500 to 1000 miles away that’s run by sadists and rapists?A: Evangelical delusional thinking that's what.In the case of tens of thousands of evangelical missionaries the delusional breakdown that led to child abandonment was caused by believing that "all that stands between God burning the lost to death forever and their salvation is-- me!"And this "GOD" means business! After all, HE k … [Read more...]