On his Ring of Fire show on Free Speech TV Sunday Joe Papantonio hosted reformed Evangelical and author Frank Schaeffer to discuss his new book, “Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God” and why Jesus would not have been a Republican.
Papantonio began by noting that the Evangelical movement is having difficulty as the old guard dies off in retaining their younger members who are not buying into what he calls the “corporate church.” This is the church that spends lavishly on artwork and its upkeep in buildings that more closely resemble palaces than churches, all the while attempting to infuse the government with their particular brand of religion and force the entire country to live by their religious doctrine.
Schaeffer agreed with him saying:
“The Evangelical establishment that I came out of, you know I left it having been one of the instigators of the religious right along with my dad back in the 70s and 80s. What’s happening now is really odd.
You know when we were in it it was all about being anti-abortion and anti-feminist and that was bad enough and that’s what I left. Now, thirty years later what’s happening is thatKoch brothers corporate America, people like the Koch brothers with their unlimited ability to give hundreds of millions of dollars into the coffers of the Republican party because of the Supreme Court have basically bought and paid for the votes of the white Evangelical aging middle class by ticking these litmus test boxes of being anti-gay, anti-woman, limited access to contraceptives as they’ve just done through Wheaton College and this ruling on the Supreme Court with Hobby Lobby.
When young people look at this most of whom are not homophobic and anti-gay, most of whom have grown up in a world in which the women around them are looked at as equal partners for work and for life, they’re just not going along with this program anymore.”
He went on to say that this has caught the Republican party in between a rock and a hard place where they have to keep becoming more extreme in order to keep appealing to “the Fox News viewer,” causing them to lose the younger generation by “selling out to what are really just corporate interests.”
Schaeffer said that Evangelicals claim to be following Jesus but that they give themselves away by referring to themselves as “people of the book” exposing what he calls an “idolatry of the Bible,” no less blasphemous than the golden calf they so love to draw comparisons to when criticizing others.
In the end Papantonio and Schaeffer make a compelling case to show that Jesus would definitely not be a Republican.