Frank Schaeffer

Frank Schaeffer: Organizing to Stop Far Right Violence on HuffPo

Wow!  A couple of days ago, I asked the rhetorical question "...What's next, wholesale body bags?" to address the wave of terroristic violence that has overtaken the country since the last election.  In our society of mega-extreme-new-improved-more-bigger-better-faster-now provocation to consume, my fear is that there's only one direction that wave can go. Bigger.

Frank Schaeffer inspired my article and StopDomesticTerror.com because, as he says today on HuffintonPost,

I started pondering the question of what we could do right after the assassination of Dr. Tiller by a religious extremist. I felt that it wasn't enough to call for boycotts of right wing commentators who spew their hate, because that did not really address the core problems.

In fact as a former right wing religious "pro-life" leader I felt compelled to publicly apologize (in the Huffington Post) for the "America-is-like-Nazi-Germany" rhetoric that my late Evangelical leader father and I helped create in the 1970s and 80s that inexorably led to justifying violence in the Tiller case.

 

StopDomesticTerror.com - Murdered MDs? Presidential assassination? Hangings? Military coups? What's next?

 

 

Wholesale Body Bags.

 

 

The voice of the radical right has driven 'the base' over the edge.  By the first weeks of the Obama Administration, they had cleared the ammo from shelves of gun shops around the country by fear-mongering popular demand. Ever since, and with a constituency that is lock-and-load ready, an endless list of action items has shifted the screams of radicalizers to shrill overdrive.

How many more times will Fox's Beck or Limbaugh fan the fanatical flames that burn inside of rightwing extremists to another violent climax, before sane America demands a stop be put to the incitement of domestic terror?

It's too late for some innocent victims whose killers responded to the voices of media and talking-head cheerleaders. But, if they stop even now, it may prove too late for others who will fall to the echoes of voices still resounding inside the heads of the independently rabid. 

Make no mistake, it is terrorism according to the Executive Order signed by President Bush in September of 2001 that was explicit in its definition:

Executive Order 13224

(d) the term "terrorism" means an activity that

-- (i) involves a violent act or an act dangerous to human life, property, or infrastructure; and

-- (ii) appears to be intended

---- (A) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;

---- (B) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or

---- (C) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, kidnapping, or hostage-taking.


It's not just for millenial religious warfare anymore: Terrorism for profit was born right here in the USA.

Randall Terry Ejected From Howard Dean's Healthcare Town Hall - video

Frank Schaeffer was one of the founders of the evangelical movement. With his father, the author of "The Christian Manifesto", and C. Everett Koop and their focus on issues related to abortion, they galvanized the Christian Right.

Schaeffer believes very differently now and the author of "Crazy for God" has tried to impart to the rest of us some of the important lessons learned as an insider of the movement.

He appeared with Rachel Maddow recently to argue the actual physical danger presented by segments of the movement he helped to create.

Operation Rescue's Randall Terry wasn't named but I recalled Schaeffer's recently expressed and ominous conclusions as I watched this video.

Randall Terry Forcibly Ejected From Healthcare Town Hall With Howard Dean