Sex, Mom and God: How the Bible’s Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics

Frank Schaeffer’snewest book is oddly titled, 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.  Until a few weeks ago, there were few news stories about religion and politics except, perhaps, a few about Romney’s Mormonism and how that might hurt him in the Bible Belt.

Then came the thunderbolts led by presidential hopeful Rick Santorum. Reverend Rick. Or as columnist Maureen Dowd calls him, Mullah Rick. Followed by the Catholic bishops and Franklin Graham.

I’m especially taken by author Schaeffer’s 2nd subtitle: and How I Learned to Love Women (and Jesus) Anyway. How appropriate for the current stew simmering in the Republican Party and the Catholic Church.  Even without reading one word of the book, one is drawn to it because it sounds like current events. Presbyterian minister Ben Daniel, however, did read it and critiqued it for us. At the outset he says of the book, “it transitions smoothly back and forth between story-telling and point-making prose as Frank uses his experiences as a child and as a young man to inform the reader about the toxic brew of bad religion and regressive politics that has poisoned America’s public life.”

Bingo!

Frank Schaeffer is a survivor of both polio and an evangelical/fundamentalist childhood, says one critic.

Another writes, “As a former extreme right-wing Christian fundamentalist, Schaeffer understands that mindset from the inside. From his own experience, Schaeffer knows that the intellectual gloss of fundamentalist thought is undergirded by strong emotions and psychological needs. Schaeffer excels at making these thought/feeling connections clear and vivid. Having read SEX, MOM, & GOD, I now have a far better understanding of why it is so very difficult for fundamentalists to recognize the paradoxes of life and the possibility that there may be other equally valid ways to truth besides their own, of why the second generation of Christian fundamentalist preachers like Franklin Graham tend to become more extreme and strident than their fathers, and of why the pro-life and pro-choice factions have become so terribly polarized on the issue of abortion.”

I’m tempted to download it onto my Kindle, but I have so many books already waiting to be read, that I’d better wait.  Rather, I’ll just turn on my TV and watch the evangelical nonsense play out in the GOP presidential race.

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6 thoughts on “Sex, Mom and God: How the Bible’s Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics

  1. Hello Muddy,
    I love the name, “Mullah Rick,” as it so perfectly describes this lunatic’s religious, extreme viewpoints.

    As far as Franklin Graham, he is just trying to throw out any crap just to have the religious mantle of his father passed onto him. I see this as a sad reflection of a minor personality.

    This is what my Republican Party has morphed into today, “the toxic brew of bad religion and regressive politics that is poisoning the American public life.”

    I am just hoping that the Republican Party will purge this element from the Party and let them start one of their own.

  2. “Then came the thunderbolts led by presidential hopeful Rick Santorum.”

    Was it not Sec of HHS Sebelius who opened up the religious
    cultural war with her stupid dictate of forcing the Catholic Church to buy insurance policies for their workers which contained contraception? And, if it wasn’t her, then why did President Obama
    have to walk it back a few days later?

    1. Was it not Sec of HHS Sebelius who opened up the religious
      cultural war

      No. It was the religious pimps who knew that they could score cheap political points by playing this card.

      1. I am afraid that it is another example of speaking before you thought about the results. Politics is cheap, but it is dumb to
        play into the other sides hand. There was no need to make that
        announcement at that time as it doesn’t go into effect for another year, and there is still the upcoming Supreme Court hearing and
        decision on the health care act later this year which can make it mute in any event. I don’t understand why we should defend Obama at every turn and not call a spade a spade, to do otherwise weakens one’s position.

  3. When my Roman Catholic mother decided not to have any more children, my parents started using the Rhythm Method. They didn’t do it right at first (hence, my little bother), but after that little mishap there were no further accidents. And all those times I accidentally walked in on them, they were just wrestling (dad was usually winning).

  4. AKA, NON, as Vatican Roulette……All I can surmise, NON, is that
    your mother must have had your father out picking crab grass the
    rest of the time, lol…..

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