Many religious fundamentalists feel under siege by the secular world and harbor a deeply paranoid sense of victimhood

Maryland and six other states  have articles in their constitutions saying people who don’t believe in God are not eligible to hold public office.  I thought that fight was over. It isn’t. As reported in the New York Times  Rob Boston, director of communications for Americans United for Separation of Church and State said, “Right now we hear a lot of talk from conservative Christians about their being persecuted and their being forced to accommodate same-sex marriage. But there’s nothing in … [Read more...]

This Christmas You’ll Face Airline Tyranny: Time for a Revolution?

(those were the days!)I have been flying a lot, really A LOT. In the last ten weeks I’ve taken fifteen cross-country trips. That’s thirty flights plus, because several trips involved flying through hubs and changing planes. (I’m on an author tour for a new bookWHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peace.)I’m noticing something disturbing: the mentality of our post-9/11 security state is creeping into the non-security-related parts of travel. … [Read more...]

Is It Time to Dump the Word “Evangelical”?

According to Wikipedia “Evangelicalism is a worldwide Protestant movement, maintaining that the essence of the gospel consists in the doctrine of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ's atonement.” The truth is something else. Let me rephrase: Evangelicalism is a worldwide Protestant movement, maintaining the essence of personality cults consisting in the doctrine of profitable empire-building in order to control mentally damaged certainty addicts.As old Schaeffer family friend and once leading … [Read more...]

For the price of a cup of coffee you can buy the funniest, darkest novel I ever wrote about God, Movies, Religious Delusion and SEX, on Kindle today

And God Said, "Billy!" is a darkly comic coming-of-age story written by the master story teller Frank Schaeffer that author Andre Dubus III (House of Sand and Fog) hailed as the funniest American writer since Mark Twain. And God Said, "Billy!" is set in the 1980s and is about Billy, a young fundamentalist Christian who feels called to go to Hollywood to make "God's movie." But everything goes off the rails when he accepts a job to direct a soft-porn slasher/exploitation film in apartheid-era … [Read more...]

This Christmas Give one of my Paintings

This Christmas Give one of my PaintingsI'll ship to anyone anywherecontact me at:http://www.frankschaefferart.com/Landscape SeriesHappy Winter RiverOil on canvas8 x 8$325Absolute PeaceOil on canvas10 x 10$435Marsh, Life, SkyOil on canvas10 x 10 $435What the World is Made OfOil on canvas8 x 8$325Over the MarshOil on canvas8 x … [Read more...]

New Atheist Author Daniel Dennett Responds via Twitter to my latest Article:

Daniel Dennett Responds via Twitter to my latest Article/excerpt from my new book WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peaceFrank Schaeffer@Frank_Schaeffermy latest question for atheists on HuffPo huffingtonpost.com/frank-schaeffe… - 10 NovDaniel Denne … [Read more...]

So if you ever write about Delta Spirit again, keep that in mind, they are not only an amazing band– but they are hands down the friendliest band I’ve ever met

Nick BlazisOct 11th, 5:39amMr. Schaeffer,I just read your recent article about the Delta Spirit show at the paradise, great read, and you are absolutely right about the band being incredible.....That was an awesome show, one of the best live performances I've seen in my life.... And looking at the picture of all you guys back stage, I just realized I was in the room with you all when you took it!.... in total shock that I was back stage with Delta Spirit!So! I asked to have my … [Read more...]

Delta Spirit Rock Band Meets J.S. Bach in my Head

(Frank S hanging out back stage with the band Delta Spirit, and with my pals Jesse and Dan Russell.)I was tired, so fucking tired! The night before last I’d been at The Paradise Club in Boston at a rock concert by Delta Spirit. Now I was in New York listening to the St. Matthew Passion by J.S. Bach at the most coveted “two-performances-only” concert in town. No one could get tickets. I could because the lyric soprano Camilla Tilling is my friend.The night before I’d had a back stage pass … [Read more...]


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