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 … [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
How can the Jesus-deniers like Franklin Graham and the other evangelical leaders be reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ? Are they beyond hope? In human terms they are. But all things are possible with God. So perhaps, even the American evangelical Jesus-hating tribe may be saved. Franklin curses Jesus by (according to media reports) taking a $612,884 per year salary* from funds donated to help the poor and spread the gospel. What did Mother Teresa pay herself? Evangelicals … [Read more...]
The End of American Christianity Itself, the World, the Universe and the Black Imposter in the White House, Praise Jesus!
This is How Christian Delusions Are Driving the GOP Insane "The press often talks about the Tea Party like they’re secularist movement that is interested mainly in promoting “fiscal conservatism”, a vague notion that never actually seems to make good on the promise to save taxpayer money. The reality is much different: The Tea Party is actually driven primarily by fundamentalist Christians whose penchant for magical thinking and belief that they’re being … [Read more...]
The GOP Shutdown is a Godsend for the Emergent/Convergent Progressive Churches and Will Pay my Electric Bill Too!
I predict that the slow falling away of a whole generation of evangelical young people from fundamentalist faith – and not a few older folks like me too – has just been exponentially accelerated. Thank you Jesus! Thank you Ted Cruz! The shutdown has not only laid bare the stupidity of the right wing hostage takers running and ruining the Republican Party, it’s also exposed fundamentalist American religion to the harshest light of day as never before. The root cause of the shutdown is … [Read more...]
I understand the delusional thinking leading to the potential government shutdown. I understand it from the from the inside and better than the editors of the New York Times do. See, they leave God out of the equation. Rational people just don't "get" holy war. I’ve spent the last twenty-five years writing my way out of my false past certainties. My latest attempt to explain myself to myself is my book about religious delusion: And God Said, “Billy!” Yet in spite of the therapy of … [Read more...]
It was my dad and I that, along with people like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, turned millions of Christians into politicized dupes of corporate America. Thirty years later Speaker John A. Boehner surrendered to demands that he tie money to keep the government open after Sept. 30 to stripping President Obama’s health care law of any financing. There's a connection. In my new book And God Said, "Billy!" I expose the paranoid religious delusion that fed this beast and explore my spiritual … [Read more...]
What nurtures the victimhood on the one hand and the hubris about “taking America back for God” on the other hand? When you hear words like “We want to take back America for God!” the twenty-first century expression of such theocratic ideas can be traced back to some of my old friends: the Reconstructionists. Conservative Roman Catholics, Mormons and Evangelicals couldn't turn back the gay-rights movement and the progressive attitudes of most Americans about sex and … [Read more...]
Many Republicans claim to be believers in Jesus. On the evidence they hate Him. The Republican/Calvinist/evangelical version of the Sermon on the Mount might go like this: Blessed are those who exercise dominion over the earth: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who deport the immigrants: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are those who agree that the significance of Jesus Christ as the ‘faithful and true witness’ is that He not only witnesses against … [Read more...]