Frank Schaeffer is the son of Francis Schaeffer. Francis Schaeffer authored many books including A Christian Manifesto and How Should We Then Live?. The video is a from Frank Schaeffer’s appearance on the Rachel Maddow Show, Wednesday, September 16.
Here is the one of the harshest criticisms he levels against fundamentalist Christians,
Look, a village cannot reorganize village life to suit the village idiot. It’s as simple as that. And we have to understand we have a village idiot in this country: it’s called fundamentalist Christianity, and until we move past these people, and let me add as a former lifelong Republican, until the Republican leadership has the guts to stand up and say it would be better not to have a Republican Party than have a party that caters to the village idiot there’s gonna be no end in sight. The next thing they’ll do is accuse Obama of being the antichrist and then who knows what comes next? On and on it goes. There’s no end to this stuff. Why? Because this subculture has, and its fundamentalist faith, that they distrust facts per se.
I will offer two observations:
- The sentiments expressed in this interview were distributed widely. All the ratings problems aside, MSNBC still reaches into a significant number of homes.
- The sentiments expressed in this interview were received favorably. He was preaching to the choir. They are certainly consistent with the views of the host, Rachel Maddow, a lesbian. Blog comments reveal that the audience received it quite well.
So the Republican party caters to fundamentalist Christianity. Frank Schaeffer also refers to us as “looney tunes” and “dangerous.” Dangerous on what issues? We want to protect the most vulnerable among us, the unborn. We desire to preserve the integrity of God’s pattern for marriage, one man and one woman. We strive to see the aged treated and die with dignity. We long to see justice dominate our society. We wish to see racial harmony advanced because every person has an inherent worth, it’s called the image of God. Dangerous? It appears to be in Frank Schaeffer’s and Rachel Maddow’s world.