I have many friends (some close and some not as close and some not as close as once were) who are going to be shocked and appalled that I would put up this link.
Again, I don’t believe that I am anywhere near a position or vantage point where I feel like I could accurately comment on national policy most of the time. I have heard others argue that Frank Schaeffer has proven himself to be an untrustworthy narrator of his experience and commentator of current events. However, I am convinced that Frank Schaeffer has a much better vantage point from which to accurately perceive and understand and comment on what’s going on with the wackos from the far right that I am hearing about constantly.
And yes; I said wackos. And I am getting more and more freaked out by them every day.
Please understand: although I’ve never stated affiliation with any political party, I would have considered myself VERY conservative as recently as 10 years ago. I voted for GWB…twice! (albeit with great reservations the 2nd time…) The idea of big government does not excite me. Ginormous national debt is very troubling to me.
But willful belief in disinformation, proclamation and belligerant support, whether in words or actions, of that disinformation scares me much more.
I don’t think, or at least I don’t know that I know any of these far-right nutjobs that would one day walk into a church on Sunday morning and shoot a man because he provided women with abortions. But, I am bombarded, it seems like daily, with msgs from friends and acquaintances all around me who are on different altitudes of that same slippery slope.
Birthers in my inbox, various/numerous chain emails about Obama’s “secret muslim faith” or whatever, calls to ban this or that corporation because they support “the gay agenda”, buying up ammo as soon as Obama was elected because they were afraid he was going to take away their guns, warnings of the “death panels” in the health care plan, pulling children from public school because of the fear of indoctrination (when really it’s that they want the children at home so they can be indoctrinated properly), saying “I just don’t trust the guy…” with no reasoning (other than subliminal racism), hearing statements like: “I’m just surprised he’s even made it this long. I didn’t think he’d make it a year…”, ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME???!!!! (I am so thankful my school didn’t have class the day of the President’s school address and I didn’t have to deal with that BS…)
Just so you know, I am a Christian. I am a very imperfect follower of Jesus. But I also believe that all of the things that I just listed (and numerous other things) are NOT Christian and are NOT Godly and are NOT patriotic. So, quit assuming that I agree with you.
It was one thing when fellow Christians assumed I agreed with them on whether or not it’s ok to read Harry Potter. This is way scarier.