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 weâ€™ll talk with a former leader in the Religious Right movement in the U.S., Frank Schaeffer. Weâ€™ll get his views on the current crop of Republican presidential contenders.
But first some listener comments about yesterdayâ€™s program. Yesterday we talked about wealth distribution in the US. Hereâ€™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 Lâ€™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. Schaefferâ€™s family became wealthy and influential. Books like â€œThe God Who Is There,â€ 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, â€œHow Should We Then Live?,â€ 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 â€œHow Should We Then Live?â€ had a â€œprofound influenceâ€ 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 heâ€™s written a new book called Sex Mom and God - How the Bibleâ€™s Strange Take on Sex led to Crazy Politics and How I learned to Love Women and Jesus Anyway (Da Capo Press).