Pope Francis to Conservative anti-Contraception Catholics: Have SEX, BUT No More “breeding like rabbits!”

According to the Religion News Service, Pope Francis he's starting to chip away at the contraception ban. Ironic eh? Just as Wheaton College (a school that used to be evangelical) becomes anti-contraception, the Pope starts talking like evangelicals used to before they were hijacked by the loony Roman Catholic right.The Pope derided the idea that “in order to be good Catholics we have to be like rabbits” and produce litters of kids." “No,” he told reporters on his flight home from the Philipp … [Read more...]

If Christianity Isn’t the Celebration of a Murder/Suicide Pact Between God the Father and God the Son, Then What is It? 

 It's Christmas. Time to ask, what the hell Christianity is about, if anything? If Christianity isn't the celebration of a murder/suicide pact between God the Father and God the Son, then what is it?The Crucifixion seems to be something like the story of Abraham and Isaac when God tested Abram by asking him to kill his son.  Then God said STOP!If evangelicals like Billy Graham are to be believed, when it came to his own son God said, "Kill him!"Does that make sense on a … [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...]

Church and State: The Role of Spirituality in Politics, Watch Frank Schaeffer’s UCLA/Hammer Museum Talk

  How did the religious right ensnare my family? I explored this at UCLA at a Hammer Museum talk I think you'll find interesting. Here's my journey from the Led Zeppelin to Ronald Reagan, from a kid in a mission to Congressman Jack Kemp's basement... Nepotism is the order of the day in evangelical circles...P.S. The host introduces me as "Dr. Schaeffer" that's not me! My son John always jokes with me when I go speak at places like the Harvard Kennedy School or Princeton … [Read more...]

Dear Evangelical Establishment, I know you don’t trust or like me and I don’t blame you! But instead of just writing me off as wicked, for once you’d better listen up…

(A 1984 satirical magazine cover depicting "Franky" Schaeffer as a "kid" throwing mud at Christianity Today Magazine and Billy Graham for not being conservative enough!)Dear Evangelical Establishment,I know you don't trust or like me and I don't blame you! Lord knows what a pain in the ass I am! But instead of just writing me off as wicked, for once you'd better listen up. This is for your own good.In the old days your predecessors didn't like me because I was faulting you all for no … [Read more...]

One Look at American Christians and I Figure Jesus Must Have Hated Women– Right?

My friend’s attitude pissed me off. I shouted, “Are you kidding me? Taking care of my grandchildren is the only thing I’ve ever done I feel entirely happy about! Anyway, Jesus liked hanging out with women and kids too! So fuck you!" Let me explain... I’d just picked up Lucy and Jack at kindergarten and preschool when a friend called. Jack goes to preschool three days a week and Lucy goes to kindergarten five days a week. My grandchildren attend in the morning and my wife Genie and I take care … [Read more...]

The Ten Things the GOP Won’t Thank President Obama For in 2014

Here's Ten Things the GOP Won’t Thank President Obama For in 2014...1. Thank President Obama for bringing the economy back from the brink 2.  Thank President Obama for ending two useless wars W started 3.  Thank President Obama for the record high of the stock market 4.  Thank President Obama for the big improvement in employment numbers 5.  Thank President Obama for succeeding in spite of the GOP in keeping the government open 6.  Thank President Obama for not calling the Tea Party … [Read more...]

“Tea Party Kills Billy Graham” — A True Headline You Won’t be Reading

Given his age -- and most regrettably because he’s a nice man -- you’ll soon read the headline: “Billy Graham Dead.” Fact is, his life’s work is already dead. It’s been killed by the Tea Party. All that remains is the funeral and the long term discrediting of Billy’s evangelical religion now under way because of the needless and ugly politicizing of the faith he became a symbol of.Disclaimer: I knew Billy and met him as a child when he used to visit my evangelical-leader father, the late Fran … [Read more...]


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