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An Open Letter to All Republicans From a Former Religious Right Activist

This open letter written by Frank Shaeffer, one of the people responsible for the rise of the Religious Right in the United States, explains why the current Republican party is no longer serving the needs of many good Americans who self identify as Republican.

Dear Republicans:

This election all Republicans who love America must vote for Obama. A vote for business-as-usual and a continuation of the Neoconservative/Religious Right/ party of corporate American alienation is a vote against America. As a former Republican activist, I appeal to your patriotism and honor.

Unless you haven’t been paying attention to the recent history of the Republican Party you will know that today Republican ideology and energy is derived from three sources:

* The Religious Right,

* The Neoconservative Movement,

* Corporate business interests.

You also should know that when it comes to the Religious Right my late father and evangelist, Francis Schaeffer, was the intellectual voice that made it happen. As his young sidekick (in the 70s and 80s) I helped take his message to a huge evangelical audience.

I mention this by way of saying that even if you hate my guts — for having dropped out of the Republican Party, for writing novels that make fun of you, and for reregistering as an independent voter, let alone for supporting Senator Obama — perhaps you should listen up. I happen to know what I’m talking about.

Read the rest of the letter from Frank Schaeffer at The Huffington Post (very Left bias, but good reporting none the less.)