Thursday, November 02, 2006
Have You Had Enough? Frank Schaeffer Has.
And he's not afraid to say so:
I'm a Christian, a writer, a military parent and a registered Republican. On all those counts, I was disgusted by an e-mail I just received that's being circulated by campaign supporters of Republican George Allen, who's trying to retain his Senate seat in Virginia. The message goes like this: "First, it was the Catholic priests, then it was Mark Foley, and now Jim Webb, whose sleazy novels discuss sex between very young teenagers. ... Hmmm, sounds like a perverted pedophile to me! Pass the word that we do not need any more pedophiles in office."Democrat James Webb is a war hero and former Marine, wounded in Vietnam and winner of the Navy Cross. He was writing about class and military issues long before me and has articulated the issue of how the elites have dropped the ball on military service in his classic novel Fields of Fire. By the way, that's a book Tom Wolfe calls "the greatest of the Vietnam novels."Why is it a big deal that Frank Schaeffer's disgusted? Because:
I never served in the military. It was my son's unexpected volunteering that connects me to the military family and to my country. And I've been voting Republican for years. My late father – Dr. Francis Schaeffer – was an evangelical theologian, friend to Jerry Falwell and White House guest of Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and the first President Bush. I have nice handwritten letters from various members of the Bush family, including Barbara, thanking me for my books on military service. So I have every reason to stay in the Republicans' good graces. (It's nice to be complimented on television by the First Lady.)This actually understates the case. Dr. Schaeffer was one of the intellectual founders of the modern conservative Christian movement. There will be some Fundies that will try to brush off his son's comments by saying that Frank, since he's a novelist, has "gone Hollywood", but his words will still have an impact -- and are a barometer of just how dismayed the Fundies have become with Bush and the Republicans.
But enough is enough. I've had it with Republican smears.So have we, Frank. So have we. But wait! There's more!
According to the Allen camp's logic, God would be a pedophile, too. After all, we Christians believe God inspired the Bible. And God-the-author chose to include the "sleazy" story about Lot offering to send out his young virgin daughters to be raped by the men of Sodom. The Bible has masturbation scenes, rape, pedophilia and God's favorite man – King David – warming himself with a young virgin in his old age. He's the same man God tells us committed murder after he indulged his peeping Tom fantasies. Lucky for God-the-author that He's not running against George Allen.Go read the whole thing. It's amazing. (Hat tip to quaoar over at DKos.)
It must be great torment to be a member of the Republican cult, where the world is divided into comrade ghouls and "the other", the truly living who must be destroyed.
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