The Real “Blame America First” Crowd
Frank Schaeffer at Huffington Post has exposed more right-wing hypocrisy. His father, also named Frank Schaeffer, was a fire-and-brimstone evangelical who called for the overthrow of the US government. Did that put him in the dog house where right-wingers would love to see Barack Obama because of the church he goes to? No, it got him invitations to the White House to dine with presidents Ford and Bush 41.
Every Sunday thousands of right wing white preachers (following in my father’s footsteps) rail against America’s sins from tens of thousands of pulpits. They tell us that America is complicit in the “murder of the unborn,” has become “Sodom” by coddling gays, and that our public schools are sinful places full of evolutionists and sex educators hell-bent on corrupting children. They say, as my dad often did, that we are, “under the judgment of God.” They call America evil and warn of immanent destruction. By comparison Obama’s minister’s shouted “controversial” comments were mild. All he said was that God should damn America for our racism and violence and that no one had ever used the N-word about Hillary Clinton.
The late pastor’s book, A Christian Manifesto, has passages like this:
If there is a legitimate reason for the use of force [against the US government]… then at a certain point force is justifiable.
Schaeffer the younger tells his own tale in Crazy for God.
And can we ever forget that Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson agreed, two days after 9/11, that “God gave us what we deserve”?Click here for reuse options!
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