Seeing Frank Schaeffer vent about the Religious Right is always a treat since you can’t accuse him of not knowing what he’s talking about. Frank and his father Francis are as responsible as anybody for helping create the modern Christian Right. But Frank has long been disillusioned by how white evangelicals have turned their faith into nothing more than an extension of the Republican Party.
Yesterday, on AM Joy, he explained to Joy Reid why he was so frustrated about the state of today’s Christianity.
Here’s his response to a question about why so many evangelicals support Donald Trump despite all his flaws. He began by talking about FOX News host Laura Ingraham losing more than a dozen sponsors (and counting) after her senseless tweets criticizing a student whose friends died in the Parkland shooting.
… Look at the fall that [Ingraham] has taken, now a poster child for imitating Donald Trump’s ugly intolerance! Imagine that, in Holy Week, at the time when Christians around the world are saying, “He is risen!” “Truly He is risen,” answers the other Christian. “And who do we hate next?” is the evangelical or conservative Roman Catholic view. To the point of mocking kids who stand against violence! Think about that, Joy…
… We are in a moment of betrayal of the teaching of Jesus that was the watershed — I speak of this as a Christian — the watershed in the ethical development of human consciousness that put your neighbor first and lifted humility up as something to be admired. We have an arrogant president who disrespects people, and those who follow him are now imitating this vile behavior in Holy Week and at Easter, no less.
Preach it, brother.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from Trump’s presidency, it’s that evangelicals are willing to torch the earth, hurting everyone who’s not in their tribe, in order to get temporary power. I sincerely hope they pay the price for it after this political nightmare is over.