Son says evangelist father wouldn’t recognize the GOP

As a crusading evangelist and author, Francis Schaeffer urged conservative Christians to politically battle abortion and engage the secular culture. But he would have recoiled from the “snide” comments and jeering at this summer’s Republican National Convention, his son Frank says.

“My father would have been embarrassed to be in that room, absolutely horrified,” said Schaeffer, who once rallied conservative Christians in public arenas alongside his father. “All of a sudden, this movement that he helped unleash is yelling `Drill, baby, drill!”‘

Considered by many a forerunner of the religious right, Francis Schaeffer’s Christian morality has been perverted into a purely political movement that is “essentially the heart and soul of the Republican party,” said Frank Schaeffer, author of the 2007 memoir, “Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of it Back.”

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