In the latest Point of Inquiry, Frank Schaeffer talks about how his father started the Religious Right movement and how it “hijacked” the Republican Party from the late 1970’s to the present. He also explains how the latest rhetoric about the Democratic plans have come from the Religious Right, and the rhetoric has been so ingrained in the public that it’s now seen as “truth.” Taken from the site:
He draws a direct line from the worldview promoted by the Religious Right to the Tea Party movement, the rise of Glen Beck and Sarah Palin, the recent murder or Dr. George Tiller, and the use of biblical passages calling for the assassination of President Obama.
He also talks about how his father created a monster: that he wanted to introduce religion into politics but then later followers (i.e. Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, James Dobson) have went further than his father intended. Anything against the Religious Right must fail even if it’s a good thing for the whole. A really interesting interview that all people needs to listen to and perhaps read the book as well.
As a Christian, the “Religious Right” scares me. I’m all for morality in government and its citizens, but not at the expense of free thought or speech.
I went to school with people who believed whole-heartedly in the religious right, it wasn’t their beliefs, but rather in the cavalier way they dismissed social issues that Christians should hold very dear: namely feeding the hunger and providing for the poor. If the solution didn’t involve some form of Reaganomics or the Republican party line, then it wasn’t “godly.”
Extremist beliefs in any form are a dangerous thing.
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