Jesus Was Not a “Bible Believer” let Alone an Evangelical

Jesus certainly was not a “Bible believer,” as we use that term in the post Billy Graham era of American fundamentalist religiosity that’s used as a trade-marked product to sell religion. Jesus didn’t take the Jewish scriptures at face value. In fundamentalist terms, Jesus was a rule-breaking relativist who wasn’t even “saved,” according to evangelical standards. Evangelicals insist that you have to believe very specific interpretations of the Bible to be saved. Jesus didn’t. He undercut the scri … [Read more...]

To Obama Haters: The Actual Evidence of Obama’s Achievements Shows You’re on the Wrong Side of History— Again

 There are Obama haters aplenty, have been from Day One: Snooty left wingers have offered advice he should have, could have, would have followed to success if the president had just listened to his white betters in the media. Hate-filled right wing bigots have jostled to be the loudest claiming Obama isn't a "real American," not one of us, from somewhere else, a liar, a communist, a Muslim, the anti-Christ... and that's just a start.Economists have lined up on all sides to predict … [Read more...]

With “Citizens” Like the Evangelicals Rooting for Armageddon, America Needs no Traitors

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...]

Frank Schaeffer MSNBC Interview: Religious Delusion, the Shutdown and Evangelical America-Haters

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy  Frank Schaeffer is a writer. His latest book is And God Said, "Billy!" on Kindle, NOOK and iBook for $3.99 … [Read more...]

Expose the Shutdown Clowns’ Jesus/Ayn Rand Religion

 With the shutdown I'm tempted to say "I told you so." What did you expect? Religious morons hijack the GOP (with a big assist from my dad and me in the 1970s and 1980s) and now the lobotomized GOP has hijacked the rest of us and taken the country and world economy hostage.The shutdown is the religious right's biggest "victory" and a loss for the rest of us that threatens everything we love. But it's not all "their" fault. Some of our best and brightest dropped the ball too. … [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...]

Pope Francis and the Far Right Counterattack

Here's a guest column "Is Pope Francis a Fraud?" on the new pope by Andrew O'hehir from SALON. I'ts the best  commnetary on the the papacy, the recent history of the Roman Catholic Church and religion in general I've read in a long time. Is Pope Francis a fraud? After a right-wing coup crushed the reforms of Vatican II, one scholar says the last two popes are illegitimate BY ANDREW O'HEHIRaoh@salon.comIt’s easy — maybe too easy — for people with progressive political views to dismiss t … [Read more...]

Why Evangelical Bible Idolatry Sucks and Why I Go to a Greek Orthodox Church Even Though It’s A Mess Too

 Having elevated the Bible -- or at least the nicer bits that they like -- to the status of a magic book  evangelicals  have demoted God. Their “god” is trapped in a book and kept somewhat like a tame rat inside the cage of “biblical inerrancy.”Since the evangelical/fundamentalists worship a book rather than God they can’t admit that the Bible has flaws and is just plain crazy in places. So they spend lifetimes working to make "sense" of something nonsensical, mean and stupid. … [Read more...]


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