Ex-evangelical commentator and author Frank Schaeffer has made it no secret that he has strong disdain for the Christian right. In the past, he's said that GOP presidential contender Michele Bachmann "hates" the United States as the nation currently stands and that people like her want a theocracy here in America.
Below, watch him speak about theocracy on MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow Show" (starts around 7:00):
In his latest slam against the evangelical right, Schaeffer took to his blog to invoke class warfare by claiming that "fundamentalist religion" has enabled the top one percent to "rape" the remaining 99 percent. And that's not all. If the Wall Street protests are going to have any meaning, he writes, then they also must focus blame upon conservative Christian institutions.
Schaeffer, who apparently believes that 'Evangelicals and Roman Catholics alike' have been complicit in creating the economic conditions that have led to the protests, writes:
...without the fundamentalists and their "values" issues the lower 99 percent could not have been convinced to vote against their (our) economic self-interest, in other words, vote for Republicans serving only billionaires instead of the rest of us.
In somewhat of a bizarre accusation, he then claims that these faith groups have "delegitimized" the government's ability to "tax, spend and regulate." However, taxing, spending and regulation, by many accounts, have been alive and well for decades. He continues:
The fundamentalist have replaced economic and political justice with a bogus (and hate-driven) "morality" litmus tests of spurious red herring "issues" from abortion to school prayer and gay rights. The result has been that the masses of lower middle class and poor Americans who should be voting for Democrats and thus their own economic interests, have been persuaded to vote against their own class and self interest.
Then, Schaeffer goes on to describe the process through which this manipulation apparently occurred. In his view, Christianity was misused and the government was made to look like the problem and not the solution -- the latter of which Schaeffer clearly laments. In a fit of irony, he goes on to write:
What few people seem prepared to do is look at or admit the larger problem: no political protest will change anything in America until the masses protest the religious fundamentalist's stranglehold on this country via having hijacked the Republican Party too. Deference to religion masquerading as politics must end, now.
Schaeffer appears adamant about flushing conservative faith-in-politics down the toilet, but he seems remiss to address the fact that the left is utilizing faith as a tool for growth on a daily basis. From the $150,000 that Sojourners recently accepted from George Soros to Alinsky-styled community organizing, this has become increasingly apparent.
At no time does this misuse of faith by liberals -- even atheists -- come up in this article. But he does write, "Religion masquerading as politics is not true religion or politics-- it is a theocracy-in-waiting. This charade of power grabs in God's name needs to be exposed then destroyed."
One can't help but wonder if the Rev. Jim Wallis, Faithful America, Faith in Public Life, the National Council of Churches and others seeking leftist policies are on his list of targets.
Schaeffer concludes by claiming that the protesters need to focus upon the root source of America's problems. This, of course, includes taking a stand outside of "mega churches, Evangelical publishing houses, religious organizations" and other related localities.
Apparently, faith and religion are responsible for America's fiscal woes. Who knew?