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MSNBC's Bashir Gives Platform to HuffPost's Schaeffer to Rant About 'Religious Right'

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He's compared conservatives to radical Hindus and Islamists, called the Tea Party the "racist white bloc" of the GOP, and compared evangelicals to the Taliban, so naturally Huffington Post writer Frank Schaeffer was the perfect guest for Martin Bashir to bring on the May 2 edition of his eponymous program to discuss the importance of religious "faith as an issue" in the 2012 general election campaign.

Schaeffer toned down his rhetoric a tad bit from previous excursions on the "Lean Forward" network, but he still managed to work in grotesquely misleading and hateful slams of evangelicals and conservative Catholics.

That "Roman Catholic bishops are suing the administration to turn their desire to deprive women of contraceptives who work for them into a religious civil liberties issue" will "not go away," Schaeffer groused, nor will how "Romney is a Mormon and evangelicals are going to be uncomfortable with voting for him."

"Basically, the religious aspect of this race will be there, and it's going to stay through the entire election season," Schaeffer insisted.

"Essentially what" Christian conservatives are doing is "using the code that the bishops and the conservative evangelicals led by the recently deceased Charles Colson cooked up in the Manhattan Declaration," Schaeffer hissed conspiratorially, explaining that Christian conservatives like to present themselves as "a poor, persecuted minority" when "they happen to control one house of Congress now" and have "put numerous people in the White House, the last being George W. Bush."

[At least Schaeffer bit his tongue and refrained from further trashing Colson, like he did last week on his eponymous blog where he denounced Colson as  Perhaps that was a wise move as, to his credit, in his April 23 "Clear the Air" commentary, Bashir had kind words for the late evangelical leader, describing Colson's repentance as "real" and heralding the ex-convict's devotion to prison ministry.]

For the record, the Manhattan Declaration is hardly a scary, shadowy document. You can read it here. The Declaration, which addresses orthodox Christian beliefs on marriage, abortion, and religious liberty, is not simply a Catholic-evangelical document. It's also been signed and endorsed by Eastern Orthodox religious leaders. Schaeffer, the disaffected son of a late evangelical Protestant leader, is a convert to the Eastern Orthodox tradition.

[Update 6:30 p.m. EDT: Tim Keller, Martin Bashir's pastor, was a signatory of the Manhattan Declaration that Schaeffer maligns so much]

"They have this victimology," Schaeffer griped, adding, "They'll talk about the fact they don't get everything they want, like depriving women of contraception, and they'll call that anti-religious bigotry, and that's what they're trying to saddle the president with and it's an outright lie."

"Indeed," Bashir added, giving his "amen" to Schaeffer's complaint.

I'd humbly submit that Schaeffer's inability to discern anti-religious bigotry may be on account of the huge log in his eye.

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#1 Frank's father, Francis, was an amazing Christian theologian.

Frank is just amazing.

And not in a good way.  

The fellow apparently hates his father, and his Creator, too.


Keller needs to get Martin in his office and ask him about the rationale that allows Martin to self-identify as a Christian.  I'm concerned about Marty, I really am.  Frank, too.


#2 Test your FAITH Frank*

2.5 million people work for the federal government
1.5 million retired pensioned federal employees
1.5 million active duty military
1.5 million reserve military
1.3 million pensioned military
54 million receive SS/medicare benefits
12 million receive unemployment benefits
40 million receive welfare/food stamps
50 million receive medicaid

There are approximately 163 million people dependant upon the government for wages, pensions, or income. There are approximately 160 million people in the workforce. Half of whom pay no taxes.

We currently have a 9 Trillion dollar deficit and a 65 Trillion dollar debt.

When you have FAITH in the government, you become adorned of the power of the government. Government becomes the all giving, all powerful. Those who believe in God, do not hold government as their savior.

Who do you think will survive when this government fails? Where is your faith Frank?

#3 Why don't Schaeffer, Marty

Why don't Schaeffer, Marty the Basher and all these other "women's health" advocates go after Target and Walmart, along with other pharmacies?

If not providing contraceptives to women for free is "depriving" them of it, are the pharmacies guilty of the same thing if they expect women to pay?

#4 Believe it or not, MB, that tactic was tried.

At one time, a small pharmacy chain here in Texas was besieged by protesters seeking free medications for "victims". They never said what "victims", but they listed birth control pills and pain medications (of course) among those that should be given out without prescription. Forget about how risky some drugs can be, just shovel 'em out the front door and let the company take the "write-off".

The protest didn't last long, but it was interesting that the picketers were focused on sex without pain.

#5 They overplayed their hand.

They might have had a shot if they were only asking for meds for free, not without prescriptions.

#6 Listening to Bashir and MSNBC

let's us hear us what listening in on a conversation in an insane asylum must sound like. Whomever observed that liberalism is a mental disease sure knew their stuff. These folks are absolutely crazy!

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