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My thoughts exactly

Courtesy of Frank Schaeffer, human being.

I’ve watched liberal and right wing commentators alike blame the president for being lynched. They say “he’s not reaching out enough” or “he’s too cold.” It’s the equivalent of assuming that the black man being beaten by a couple of thug cops must have “done something.”

I am a white privileged well off sixty-one-year-old former Republican religious right wing activist who changed his mind about religion and politics long ago.  The New York Timesprofiled my change of heart saying that to my former friends I’m considered a “traitorous prince” since my religious right family was once thought of as “evangelical royalty.”

I’ve just spent the last 7 years writing over 200,000 words in blogs and articles in support of President Obama. My blogs on the Huffington Post alone would add up to a book in support of the President of over 300 pages. Weirdly, I just realized that through all my writing, this has been the first time in my life I’ve personally gone to bat for a black man. It just happens that he’s a president. But my emotional stake in his life is now personal.

So I’ve changed from a white guy who used to read news about some black man getting shot or beaten by cops or stand-your-ground types who assumed that the black man must have “done something,” to a white guy who figures that the black man was probably getting lynched. I’ve changed ideology but I’ve also changed my gut intuitive reactions.

I’ve changed because if this country will lynch a brilliant, civil, kind, humble, compassionate, moderate, articulate, black intellectual we’re lucky enough to have in the White House, we’ll lynch anyone. What chance does an anonymous black man pulled over in a traffic stop have of fair treatment when the former editor of the Harvard Law Reviewis being lynched?

One famous liberal commentator wrote a book on how Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neil could disagree and still be friends. Why, he asked on many a TV show promoting his book, couldn’t President Obama be like that? Because, I yelled at the screen, those two men were white Irish Americans and part of a ruling white oligarchy.

Because, I yelled, you might as well ask why Nelson Mandela didn’t talk his jailers in South Africa into seeing reason.

Because, I yelled, the President is black and anytime he’s reached out he’s pulled back a bloody stump.

Because, I yelled, liberal white commentators have been as bothered by a black man in the White House, who’s smarter than they are as much as right wing bigots have been bothered.

Because, I yelled, President Obama has been lied about, attacked, vilified, and disrespected since Day One.

Because, I yelled, this country may have passed laws so blacks can vote and eat in a white man’s world, but in our hearts are stuck in a place more like 1952 than 2013.

We’ve been watching a slow motion lynching of a moderate brilliant family man, a father, and faithful loving husband. The Republicans in Congress are so dedicated to lynching the President they’ve been willing to shut down our government and risk the future of our economy.

Evangelical “Christians” have been so stuck on putting a rope around this black man’s neck they have denied their faith and been the backbone of the lying Tea Party who spawned the so-called “birthers” and the rest of the white trash driving our news cycle.

Roman Catholic bishops have denied their tradition of helping the poor and been so eager to destroy this president they aligned themselves with white Evangelical bigots and tried to stop health care reform, all because the President wants to give women a fair shake. The bishops even called him “anti-religious” because the president wants insurers to pay for contraception.

This is a slow motion lynching of a black man who is so moderate and centrist that he favored Wall Street enough so that the Left is all over his case. He’s so “radical” and “leftist” and “hates America” so much, and “coddles our enemies” so much, that he killed bin Laden and used drones to kill our enemies. He’s such a “socialist” that he presided over the revival of our economy from the worst recession since the Great Depression, and led us to the present day stock market boom. President Obama is such a “Marxist” that he tried to give insurance – not socialized medicine – to all Americans.

President Obama never answered back to the disgusting southern right wing rubes from the former slave states that have tried to belittle, mock and stymie his presidency shouting “You lie” in a million ways, while actually meaning “You lie, nigger!”

And did the “enlightened” Left have President Obama’s back? No. They carp about his “failure” because a website was slow to get running! The white privileged “progressive” few were too busy blaming him for getting lynched and telling him how to craft policy while a rope was put around his neck again and again and tightened with each filibuster, each lie told on the radio, each self-defeating scorched earth action to stop him from succeeding, even if it meant taking us all down too.

We don’t like to admit who we really are. So we make excuses and blame the victim. I’m ashamed for our country, a country my Marine son fought for in two stupid wars this president has been working to end. And I’m still rooting for the best, smartest and most decent man who has been president in my lifetime. I pray for his health care reform to succeed. I pray for his immigration reform to succeed. I’m amazed he’s gotten anything done, but he has, even while the lynch mob gathers again and again to laugh, lie and spit and claim he’s “failed” while “liberal” commentators nod sagely and talk about his “mistakes” as if President Obama has been playing on a level playing field.

We have a lot to do to heal this country of the damage done by the right wing Obama-haters and the Left wing know-it-all pundits who did not have his back because they don’t have the honesty to admit that we still live in a backward racist swamp of prejudice. Maybe in 50 years our country will be worthy of someone of President Obama’s forbearance again. For now we can just hope that the hatred of the Republican Party for our first black president doesn’t drive us to the brink of ruin again as they strip food from the mouths of the poor, and try to get people to not sign up for health care, just to get even with the black man they swore to destroy from the day that “uppity” black who is smarter than all of them put together took the oath of office.

God bless you Mr. President. I’m praying for you. I am so very sorry. But take heart, in the long reach of history the door you opened will stay open for the millions of Americans of all colors, genders and beliefs who will follow you. They will bless your name. So will history.

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Frank Schaeffer is a writer. His latest book — And God Said, “Billy! exploring the roots of American religious delusion, and offering another way to approach true spirituality.


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Posted by on December 12, 2013 in Current Events, Politics, President Obama, Progressive Thought, Racial Issues, Uncategorized


Place your bets. Place your bets.

250px-DrawingHands    Which piss ant righty will have apoplexy first? Limbaugh? Hannity? Bueller?  This proves he’s a communist, Marxist alien space creature. Look!!!  Video evidence! He’s socializing!! I knew he was one of them damn socializers. Right up there with them High-why-an’s.


Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela, George Washington, Rush Limbaugh and the Chinese.

960240_715986755078515_1785420498_n   Today I learned that the lobotomized can communicate with humans whose brains are full functioning . Our study selected an individual who has become indignant because  the flag of our country didn’t honor the passing of Margaret Thatcher by flying at half staff, but did so to honor Mandela. A revered person in life and in death. The nightmare like state that our subjects dwell in is borne of an extreme radical conservatism that gives no recognition to anything other than uninformed, concentrated and reptilian prejudice. And thus in reaction to this mind set, Mandela’s arise.

Lets compare. Mandela was in prison for 27 yrs because he was a threat to the government of South Africa. He was a political prisoner. Thatcher, not so much. Mandela represented the oppressed majority of his country. Thatcher again; not so much. Upon his release from prision, Mandela was elected President of his country and not only unified it but brought forth the conservative values of freedom and free market capitalism. A capitalism I might add he modeled after the current reigning capitalists, the Chinese. What an irony. From Mao to wow in a few decades. What would John Lennon say.

But lets forget Lennon for a moment and focus on those to the right of Gingrich and Cruz. Two icons of radical conservatism who are clear thinking enough to praise Mandela and honor his accomplishments. They recognize his values of liberty and prosperity are the same as theirs.  But I’ll bet you all didn’t know it was possible; but these two nit wits have been excoriated by the even more extreme because they recognized the contribution Mandela made to mankind in terms of social, political and economic equality. The despicable, yahoo right as it is today: stuck in a block of concrete and released from a time warp, fails to see the similarity between Mandela and our very own George Washington. Both rebelling against tyranny. Both wanting freedom and unencumbered fair opportunity.  And both labeled terrorists. Tough position for the right to be in. Glorifying one and calling the other a murderer and a communist. Whatever communism means. And in a new low for the ability to pander, Rick Santorum compared the ACA to Apartheid. He must get his ideas from the same congressperson who casually suggested nuking Iran with the same nonchalance as one would exhibit ordering french fries. I mean freedom fries. Sorry. I forgot to hate the French. Or is it potatoes. But what I really hate are beets. Yuck!

John Beohner has become a professor of women studies. What a novel concept. A Republican studying women and not through a vaginal scope or peep hole. (Pun intended.)  I mean any guy who cries at the opening of an envelope and brags about a lifetime spent in bars surely  has some getting laid skills. But in his case, I guess not. So it’s Limbug to the rescue. The 4 times married childless authority on how to endear people of the female persuasion stated this today. And did so with all the confidence of a Vegas slot machine: “When addressing a woman, say to her Please stop your breasts from looking at my eyes”.  Yuck Yuck and Guffaw. If I was female and someone said this to me, I’d tazer their balls. Tiny and useless as his are, it just might shock some sense into the obese walrus. Next thing you know, the new Republican slogan will be “Women! Just like real people”.

Ted Cruz has a coloring book out. One, who would buy it other than people who hate kids and two; why was it created in the first place? Have you seen it? Not only is it ghastly, it’s propaganda. You know, what Cruz excels at and at the same time claims he’s on a mission from god to expose. Amazon should offer a 3 for one package this holiday season. Cruz, Limbaugh and Palin. Flesh eating stooges make for great stocking stuffers!

How about Ralph Hudgens? The Georgia Insurance Commissioner who: speaking  to a group of Thorazinized patients stated that pre-existing health conditions are the same as post-facto collision insurance. Predictably, his toothless audience laughed moronically.  huh HAW! BANG! Halt or I’ll shoot!! Remember kids, when talking to women about conservatives and the Republican party emphasize that menstruation is an uninsured medical condition. And if you get pregnant, you are really fucked.  Pun intended.

Again with Limbaugh. Seems he knows all about Popeing and the real Jesus. You know, the one who wrote the constitution and says guns are godly? Seems that the Pope is a Marxist. Except Marx was a Jew so now I’m really confused. Especially since someones birthday is coming up. This Pope guy needs to make up his mind. I need to go Christmas shopping and this back and forth is a time waster. At this rate, the confederacy errr conservatives will become a regional party with no shot of winning national elections. Which is really sad since they do such a good job convincing women, Blacks, Hispanics and younger people to vote for them. After all, they just let everyone know that Rosa Parks single handedly ended racism. Better tell Bill the news.

And now for religion. Quoted from Collective Evolution. (I thought this was pretty cool.)

Pope Francis recently made quite the stir after commenting on the ideological purity in religion, particularly with regards to Christianity, claiming that such ideological extremism is dangerous to the entire world. This statement is pretty massive in respect to the current state of Christianity.  During a daily Mass in late October, the Pope spoke about economic inequality and anti-gay/anti-abortion opinions which have been at the forefront of American Christianity for the longest time.

According to a report from Radio Vatican, the Pope was quoted as stated the following:

“In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: rigid. And when a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought… For this reason Jesus said to them: ‘You have taken away the key of knowledge.’ The knowledge of Jesus is transformed into an ideological and also moralistic knowledge, because these close the door with many requirements. The faith becomes ideology and ideology frightens, ideology chases away the people, distances, distances the people and distances of the Church of the people. But it is a serious illness, this of ideological Christians. It is an illness, but it is not new, eh?”

Pope Francis’ statement is a radical one to say the least; no Pope prior to his reign has ever talked about Christianity in such a light. The beliefs around homosexuality, abortion, and contraception have held strong within the religion for many years now, and have been the cause of much protest and disagreement within North American society. Pope Francis suggests that the war on abortion has gone too far, and that homosexuals should not be hated in the way that is promoted by the extreme ideals of the Christian Right. He also states that this extremism has damaged religion today by abandoning the true teachings of Jesus, turning many away from its following.

The question begs, what could be the reason Pope Francis is suddenly speaking out against the theology in a way that rejects its deepest dogmas?  Perhaps the goal of Pope Francis is to transform the rigidity of a religion that has been so established in its views. Maybe the Pope is trying to attract a wider audience by promoting more liberal beliefs after the controversy that has plagued the Vatican the past few years, with allegations of pedophilia within the hierarchy circles and the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI earlier this year. It could be that Pope Francis is the radical leader who is going to make some changes within the archaic traditions of Christianity.

What is clear is that this is a major moment in the history of religion, and the words of Pope Francis could be the spark for a large divide within the religious communities. What do you think of Pope Francis’s words?

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Posted by on December 9, 2013 in Uncategorized


Just in time for the holidays. Inclusive displays of different faiths. The law of unintended consequences in action!