On Wednesday, Huffington Post blogger and book author Frank Schaeffer appeared on MSNBC to discuss his take on Christianity in America. He wasted no time in lambasting Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry's personal beliefs, essentially branding them as dangerous and not in tune with the "real America." Schaeffer, who is the son of a conservative theologian, slammed evangelicals, claiming that they "hate the United States," among other charges.
When speaking with Richard Lui, who was guest-hosting for Martin Bashir, Schaeffer said the following about Bachmann and those who agree with her views on faith:
"...these people actually hate the United States as it is. Look, they love a fictional, Christian America that wouldn't include gay people, does not have choice and abortion rights for women and all the rest of this. But, in terms of the real America, inclusive, diverse, sustaining of gay people as well as heterosexuals and so forth, this is an America they despise and that's why they talk in terms of taking it back, from whom? That would be from the rest of us, ordinary American citizens under the rule of law."
Earlier in the interview, the angst-ridden author explains that Republicans need to choose to either be "a normal political party" or a "theocracy in waiting." Then, he stakes the claim that Bachmann would "...produce a theocracy in the country where the Bible would be paramount and no longer the Constitution or the Bill of Rights."
Schaeffer's appearance was also in promotion of his new book, "Sex, Mom, and God: How the Bible's Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics--and How I Learned to Love Women (and Jesus) Anyway." You can watch his startling statements, below:
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