Gordon College Believes That Religious Liberty is the Right to Persecute Gays or as Westboro Puts it “FAG MARRIAGE DOOMS NATIONS”

 “FAG MARRIAGE DOOMS NATIONS,” says one picket sign from the infamous Westboro Baptist Church. Meanwhile Gordon College president D. Michael Lindsay was among 14 religious leaders who sent a letter to the White House demanding a "religious exemption" to a planned order barring federal contractors from discriminating in hiring on the basis of sexual orientation.In other words the Gordon administration believes that religious liberty is the right to persecute gays.Gordon found a sl … [Read more...]

Wheaton College Becomes a Tool of the Far Right Obama-Haters and Seals the Fate of the Evangelical Community’s Reputation for a Generation

I had my first deep wet kiss with a woman at the evangelical establishment bastion of Wheaton College. Dad was lecturing there. I was fifteen. She was a twenty-something house mother in a dorm. Memorable!!! Now Wheaton will also be remembered as the place the far right Obama-haters used to try and discredit the president with a lie.This time the lie is that Obama is "anti-religious" because he thinks women should have the right to contraception. Wheaton will be remembered as the people who br … [Read more...]

A Wild Goose Book Launch: “Please Ask God to Make You Grow Old Slowly”

The Rev. Frank Schaefer (author of "Defrocked") meets Frank Schaeffer (author of "Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God") at the Wild Goose  Festival June 2014 I mean how confusing is that?!Here's the passage from my new book WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peace I read to open my talk at the Wild Goose Festival.My youngest grandchildren Lucy and Jack are still comfortable with a paradoxical way of seeing reality. For them make-believe a … [Read more...]

Live From the Wild Goose Festival and a Nearby BBQ Pit at 4:57 AM

4:57 AM. I'm sitting in the dark next to the BBQ pit of the restaurant across from the room Genie and I are living in while we're at Wild Goose.  Yesterday was a long day of driving, the second since leaving the Boston area to come here. We arrived in time for a 2 hour filming session with Brian McLaren who was interviewing me for a Wild Goose video. Then I interviewed him. We were talking about being survivors of evangelical backgrounds, trying to articulate why in spite of everything we are … [Read more...]

Why I Go To Church With the Dude Lebowski

Then again, if I only wanted to attend a church that was good, true and without error—according to my transitory ego-stoked beliefs—I’d have to invent my own religion. But wait a moment. There’d be a problem. I’d have to excommunicate the priest and his entire congregation! You see, I know that particular bishop/priest/congregation too well. With apologies to Groucho Marx: I’d never want to join a church that had someone like me for their founding bishop, especially if I was the only member! … [Read more...]

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to my Execution for Heresy…

I’d been writing novels and literary nonfiction for twenty years before I dared to write a memoir about my flight from my evangelical past. That book became the bestselling CRAZY FOR GOD: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back. I’d been so out of touch with the evangelical world that I’d lost track of the players. Put it this way: I’d never heard of Rob Bell.I was expecting a backlash from the sort of people I’d wo … [Read more...]

Religion News Service Gives Me A (NICE) BOOST!

Atheist or believer? Frank Schaeffer is a bit of both By Kimberly Winston Show captionFrank Schaeffer’s new book, “Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God,” explores love, loss and the author’s journey to finding peace. RNS image courtesy Frank SchaefferThis image is available for Web and printpublication. For questions, contact Sally Morrow. But he prays every day. And he goes to church every weekend. Catch him on the right day and he’ll admit he believes in God … [Read more...]

The Millionaire Authors Who Went Against Amazon in Support of the Giant Publishers Are a 1% Elite Hurting the Little Guy– Me and Other Mid-List Authors

As anyone who has been reading my HuffPost blogs knows I'm "of the left." So I understand the impulse to regard corporations as bad and giant companies as downright evil. Enter the Amazon takeover of the world and destruction of all that is right and holy in publishing. Only there is another side to all this that I -- as a mid-level author of more than a dozen books and several best-sellers -- would like to offer. I love Amazon and here's why.Many years ago when Laura Bush read a paragraph … [Read more...]


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