Former Religious Right leader Frank Schaeffer on his new book Sex Mom and God08/26/11 Robert Lorei
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Coming up today we’ll talk with a former leader in the Religious Right movement in the U.S., Frank Schaeffer. We’ll get his views on the current crop of Republican presidential contenders.
But first some listener comments about yesterday’s program. Yesterday we talked about wealth distribution in the US. Here’s what three listeners had to say.
Frank Schaeffer grew up in Switzerland in the 1960's in a Christian community run by his parents- Evangelists Frank and Edith Schaeffer.
The community where he lived L’Abri was known in Christian circles as a place where intellectually curious evangelicals, who could live in the mountains for a few days or even a few years, talking with Francis and Edith about the Bible, Christian art or existentialism.
In the 1970s, Mr. Schaeffer’s family became wealthy and influential. Books like “The God Who Is There,” published in 1968, made his father a hero to American evangelicals, including future political activists like Jerry Falwell. Jesse Helms called the elder Schaeffer his favorite author. Frank, an amateur filmmaker, directed his father in a 10-part documentary, “How Should We Then Live?,” in which his dad railed against the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, Charles Darwin and abortion. The series was a sensation among evangelicals. Ryan Lizza recently wrote in The New Yorker that seeing “How Should We Then Live?” had a “profound influence” on the future presidential candidate Michele Bachmann.
"In the mid 1980s Frank left the Religious Right, after he realized just how very anti-American they are, something he wrote about in his book Crazy For God."
He was a Republican until 2000, working for Senator John McCain in that year's primaries, but that after the 2000 election he re-registered as an independent.
On February 7, 2008, Schaeffer endorsed Senator Barack Obama for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, in an article entitled "Why I'm Pro-Life and Pro-Obama." Now he’s written a new book called Sex Mom and God - How the Bible’s Strange Take on Sex led to Crazy Politics and How I learned to Love Women and Jesus Anyway (Da Capo Press).