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Franky Schaeffer: The Catholics Are Coming! The Catholics Are Coming!

 

 

You can always tell when the left loses a big one in this country because the more loosely wired of their cadre unleash the most amusing rants.  In the wake of  the Hobby Lobby decision, Franky Schaeffer knows who to blame for the 5-4 win for religion:  Catholics!

 

 

Pope Francis must have vomited when he heard the Hobby Lobby news. Nothing could undo the good he has recently done the Church’s image more than yet another case of anti-woman lashing out by a cabal or far right Roman Catholic activists– this time in the Supreme Court.

Alarmed by the Supreme Court pandering to the extreme religious right in the Hobby Lobby case, the new pope might ask “Who is responsible for this?” The answer is: Many people. However two people are the real instigators: the late evangelical far right activist, Charles Colson, and Roman Catholic far right ideologue and anti-gay activist, Princeton Professor Robert George. Their tool has been Justice Antonin Scalia the other Roman Catholic members of the Court.

George is a close friend and co-conspirator with fellow ultra-conservative far right Roman Catholic ideologues including with Scalia who became the ringleader of the GOP’s Court-driven Hobby Lobby lunge into theocratic politics. George is the de facto father of the twinned war against gays and war against women. Scalia is his follower and close friend. And George has the support of the U.S. Roman Catholic bishops, the Mormon leadership and the most conservative of the evangelical leaders. Charles Colson was George’s close confident. Together they hatched the plan that in the end (and after Colson died) became the Hobby Lobby case.

Way back when, the late Charles “Chuck” Colson teamed up with George of to launch the dirty tricks campaign to brand President Obama as “anti-religious.” They decided to use the issue of contraception as the hinge to turn people against him.

Go here to read the demented rest.

Franky of course is the son of the late Francis Schaeffer, an American Evangelical theologian who died in 1984 and who did so much to enlist evangelicals in the fight against abortion.  His book How Should We Then Live and the film series based upon it was a wake up call to many Christians, Catholic as well as Protestant.

Franky Schaeffer has made a career out of his father. First by trying to follow in his footsteps and second by spitting on his grave.

Franky Schaeffer, as he used to call himself, reinvents himself every few years. He has been on a left-ward trajectory for some time now.

http://insightscoop.typepad.com/2004/2005/05/there_was_a_tim.html

That he considered Pope Benedict a “fundamentalist” says all you need to know about his judgment.

Francis Schaeffer was a truly great man. His son is an embarrassment, and this anti-Catholic rant is part and parcel of his attempt to attack the legacy of his father.  Anti-Catholic bigotry and Daddy issues is no way to go through life Franky.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

15 Comments

  1. I do find the description of Kennedy J as a “far-right Roman Catholic activist” rather amusing.

  2. I have a question. Was Frank(y) abused as a child? I have to wonder about this, because I’ve know a few people who were abused as children, and most of them sounded just like this man. If he was abused, he ought to seek therapy, instead of venting his anger and hate in the public square.

  3. Actually I believe the opposite was the problem and he is the classic example of the spoiled, attention seeking brat who never grows up. The best man at his wedding, Os Guiness has some interesting observations regarding him:

    http://www.booksandculture.com/articles/2008/marapr/1.32.html

    “But neglect and guilt are not the deepest explanation. The real truth is that Franky, as he then called himself, was spoiled. He was more like a poster child for Benjamin Spock than the son of “fundamentalist missionaries.” Having been born well after his sisters, and having survived polio as a child, he was rarely challenged, disciplined, or denied. As a result, he grew up a “little Napoleon,” as some of the L’Abri students called him. He would boast that he could twist his parents around his little finger, and time and again he proved it.”

  4. I have a question. Was Frank(y) abused as a child?

    Stop that. Most distasteful and gratuitous insult to his father. There are rotten characters in this world. I could have introduced you to a ruin of a woman who spent most of her adult life fornicating with anything that did not have four legs and consuming large quantities of alcohol and street drugs. She was a child of the local patriciate with a pair of congenial (if less than assiduous) parents. There was no abuse, and she was so willful throughout the course of her abbreviated life that it’s doubtful that the deficit of parental discipline and supervision was all that decisive. That life was devoted to spitting on everything her mother valued, and a good deal of what her father did as well.

  5. I did not infer from Mr. Dalton’s post that such speculative abuse was in any way associated with his father.

  6. The conspiracy goes deeper than even Franky believes. How else do you explain tricking a Democrat controlled Congress and a Democrat President to enact the law the Hobby Lobby case would be decided on twenty years before government mandated “free” contraception was even an issue?

  7. Art, I’m sorry you took offense to my question about Frank(y). I wasn’t trying to denigrate his father. I only asked the question because, in my experience, nearly all the people that I’ve known who acted this way were abused as children. Until Don quoted from Os Guiness, I had no idea Franky was overindulged by his parents. Interestingly enough, Paul Johnson, in his book, “Intellectuals”, bring out the fact that several of the subjects of his book were either only child’s or only son’s in a family of sisters. Their parent’s, like Franky’s, made the mistake of letting them have their own way, because of their status of being the only one. BTW, I wonder how his sisters feel about his treatment of his parents?

  8. Paul Johnson, in his book, “Intellectuals”, bring out the fact that several of the subjects of his book were either only child’s or only son’s in a family of sisters. Their parent’s, like Franky’s, made the mistake of letting them have their own way, because of their status of being the only one. BTW, I wonder how his sisters feel about his treatment of his parents?

    Willfull only child. Reminds me of Ann Dunham.

    These things are vectors, of course. There are always supplementary and counter-vailing vectors. (My uncle was the only boy in a family of girls and my grand-mother had a great deal invested in him, to her daughters’ occasional consternation. He’s an accomplished and disciplined man who creates well-being around him, rather like his mother).

    A great many of us carry with us baggage that we’d be better off without and the children of accomplished people have some challenges the rest of us do not (see Elliot Spitzer’s explanation of why he chose law and politics as a way of earning a living). There are so many options open to most of us in our time. Very few people make a career of trashing their parents; it’s a reasonable inference that F. Schaffer is one nasty piece of work.

  9. Art Deco wrote, “the children of accomplished people have some challenges the rest of us do not”
    One recalls John Clark’s famous retort to the younger Lord Meadowbank, the son of a very distinguished judge.
    Clark (who once described a witness as “not worth his value in hemp”) was attempting to argue a point of construction and Lord Meadowbank rather peremptorily insisted that “also” and “likewise” were synonymous.
    “Your father was Lord Meadowbank,” reposted Clark, “and your Lordship is Lord Meadowbank;also, but not likewise.”

  10. Over-indulgence and failure to discipline is detrimental and could be a form of abuse.

    thanks for the Colson video. I didn’t know anything at all about Frank Schaeffer and the history of the engagement of evangelicals and Catholics.
    We do know the good work of Colson came about as a direct result of his repentence for sinful and illegal behavior…still a hopeful sign that some of today’s social and political leaders could also someday apply their gifts in a positive and wholesome way.

  11. “Franky Schaeffer has made a career out of his father. First by trying to follow in his footsteps and second by spitting on his grave.”

    Donald, you may remove this comment because of its crassness, however it is true. IMHO Franky has not only spit in his father’s grave–Franky has defecated on his father’s grave. :-/

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