Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Unhinging A Society-- An Apology From A Follower Of Jesus Christ


Frank Schaeffer, author of Crazy For God, blew the whistle on the murderous domestic terrorist network that is ripping our country apart. The video below is extremely powerful-- and very revealing. Yesterday Schaeffer wrote a post for HuffPo, How I (And Other "Pro-Life" Leaders) Contributed To Dr. Tiller's Murder.
My late father and I share the blame (with many others) for the murder of Dr. George Tiller the abortion doctor gunned down on Sunday. Until I got out of the religious right (in the mid-1980s) and repented of my former hate-filled rhetoric I was both a leader of the so-called pro-life movement and a part of a Republican Party hate machine masquerading as the moral conscience of America.

...When evangelicals on the right call President Obama a socialist, a racist, anti-American, an abortionist, not a real American, and, echoing the former Vice President, someone who is weakening America's defenses and making us less safe, the logical conclusion is violence. If you take these words literally you might pull the trigger to "make America safe" and/or free us from communism or to even protect us from-- what some "Christian" leaders claim-- Obama as the Antichrist.

He apologized: "I am very sorry," he wrote. It's more than a far worse culprit in this case, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly has done. Schaeffer blames himself-- as well as his father, the far right maniac "Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Dr. C. Everett Koop, who became Reagan's Surgeon General, members of the Republican Party who worked with us to make abortion part of the Republican agenda, the Roman Catholic allies that we had... We talked and our talk got more and more extreme and less and less democratic... This is what helps unhinge a society."

OK, but it's nothing compared to the 24/7 worth of Hate Talk Radio and Fox TV--Limbaugh, Coulter, Ingraham, Dobbs, Hannity, Imus, Liddy, Beck, Savage... the whole slew of them poisoning America from within, infecting our society with racism, xenophobia, misogyny, homophobia... all the divisive Republican Party values. Today John Amato sent me a video to look at. It sickened me and it reminded me of why I never watch Fox. I don't even know where it is on my TV set. Just one course lie after another without any grounding in factuality, in this case directing their vitriol towards working people and unions. Having this right wing hatred being spewed over the public airwaves is a disservice to America and to decency.

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At 7:18 PM, Anonymous Lee Thompson said...

"When it comes to abortion, there really is only one moral question: Will women be free to determine their own lives, including whether and when they will bear children, or will women be subjugated to patriarchal male authority and forced to breed against their will?"

I think this quote from Sunsara Taylor gets right to the heart of the matter.

You can read more from her article, "The Deadly Illusion of 'Common Ground' on Abortion - Response to Obama’s speech at Notre Dame on common ground and abortion"

You can read the whole article at http://www.revcom.us/a/166/ST_on_Obama-en.html


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