Naturally, Schaeffer also faults these aspiring theocrats for supporting Israel, and therefore preventing Middle East peace. And he compares American “fundamentalists” to Iran’s mullahs, though the Iranian theocracy, which exists in fact rather than just his imagination, does not merit nearly as much condemnation. Schaeffer explained: “If you can get Americans to worry about the Bible and not fairness and justice then you have handed a perpetual victory to Goldman Sacks (sic) and company.” Not very strong on facts, he claimed one percent of the population has more wealth than the other 99.
Schaeffer pours on the venom thick. The Religious Right, “as alien as the Taliban,” relies on the “not-so-bright” who dare to doubt global warming and who think “hating” America is patriotic. They are also apparently racist, wanting private education so as to exclude non-whites. Evidently Schaeffer is not very familiar with the demographics of most parochial schools. Religious conservatives have “stalled and perhaps destroyed the Obama presidency.” Their achievement in the 2010 congressional elections was not democracy but a “putsch.” And the “timely destruction of the economic elites and their religious facilitators begins by calling fundamentalist/Evangelical/Roman Catholic ‘religion’ what it is: a political grab for power.” Schaeffer chillingly warned that the only alternative to their “destruction” is “chaos, decline, oligarchy and theocracy.”
This nearly Bolshevik-sounding plea for “destruction” of class enemies from Schaeffer has all the sophistication of the Wall Street occupiers’ signage without the excuse of their youth. The occupiers seem mostly like young people looking to escape college debts and real world responsibilities. Deranged by contempt for his parents’ faith, Schaeffer, at age 59, seems seduced by his own demons of paranoia and hatred. He ignores that evangelicals in particular are strongly associated with Main Street, not Wall Street, are inclined towards the Tea Party with its own critique of bailouts, and in general have a historic distrust for centralized power that is deeply rooted in Anglo-American history.
Neither resembling the Taliban or Iranian theocrats, most American traditional religious believers are far more winsome than Schaeffer’s bile-tinged rhetoric. If he attempts angrily to demonstrate outside a mega church, maybe he will learn for himself.
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