Here’s the Most Important Document You Can Read on The Religious Right’s Plan to Turn America Into a Theocracy

When Christian Right leaders talk about religious liberty, they often really mean theocratic supremacism of their own religious beliefs inscribed in government. The evangelical Protestant Christian Right and U.S. Roman Catholic bishops are intensifying their campaign to carve out arenas of public life where religious institutions, individuals, and even businesses may evade civil rights and labor laws in the name of religious liberty. This brilliant article by Paul Rosenberg proves this. It i … [Read more...]

A Book That Speaks to Atheists and Religious Believers Alike

Please watch this 2 min video of my take on how atheism and faith can co-exist. Thanks! Frank Schaeffer is a writer. His latest book --WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peaceAvailable now on Amazon      Follow Frank on Twitter See Frank’s paintings Follow Frank on Facebook Contact Fra … [Read more...]

“My” New Year’s Message is a Guest Message from My Dear Friend: Archbishop Lazar Puhalo of Canada

 "Can we not hope that religions of every form might be delivered out of the dark abyss of Fundamentalism and Right-wingism, and find some common ground in the education of ourselves and acceptance of even those elements of humanity which differ from us?"...-- From: "Frank Schaeffer" Sent: Sunday, 27 December, 2015 11:04am Subject: Re: Your End of Year MessageTo:   Archbishop Lazar PuhaloWould you like me to post it as a guest column?From: Archbishop Lazar P … [Read more...]

Trump is the GOP/Evangelical Mirror

The Trump phenomenon isn’t  about him. It is about the 40-year right wing takeover of the GOP I describe in detail in my book 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.  It is about the Republicans and their evangelical backers on the religious and racist right fomenting a slow motion lynching of President Obama where they tried to kill his presidency with a miasma of lies. The time to have stopped Trump w … [Read more...]

Quiz: Can You Name This Fascist?

Can you name this fascist? Check the pictures then find the answer 1) Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini 2) Francisco Paulino Hermenegildo Teódulo Franco Bahamonde3) Adolf Hitler 4) Joseph Stalin 5) Joseph Raymond "Joe" McCarthy6) Donald John Trump  Frank Schaeffer is a writer. His l … [Read more...]

Falwell Jr Says: “End those Muslims” and Asks Liberty Students to Carry Guns on Campus

(photo Bloomberg)According to news reports in the Guardian newspaper and other sources, the president of Liberty University urged students, staff and faculty at the Christian school to carry concealed weapons on campus to counter any possible armed attack like the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. That didn't surprise me. His dad, Jerry Falwell Sr. once told me seriously that if he had a dog that did what "those homosexuals do, I'd shoot it."“Let’s teach them a lesson if they e … [Read more...]

Jihadism is not nihilism

"You can say the Islam of ISIS is a perversion of the teachings of Muhammad, just as you can say the Inquisition and the Crusades were a perversion of the teachings of Jesus, or that the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin was a perversion of the teachings of the Torah." So writes Marty Kaplan (the Norman Lear professor of entertainment, media and society at the USC Annenberg School for Communication) and  to my mind one of the greatest public intelectuals of our day. He continues "You can say the I … [Read more...]

Those – including many progressive Christians & David Cameron and Barack Obama – who insist that jihadis are not ‘real’ Muslims miss the point

There appears, to be something especially potent about Islam in fomenting terror and persecution. Contemporary radical Islam is the religious form through which a particular kind of barbarous rage expresses itself. So, to understand why jihadis have been drawn into a moral universe that allows them to celebrate inhuman acts, we have to understand why political rage against the West takes such nihilistic, barbaric forms, and why radical Islam has become the primary vehicle for such rage.So … [Read more...]