Frank Shaeffer, one of the founders of the Christian right as a political movement and the author of "Crazy For God", was on Rachel Maddow's show last night,and had an interesting perspective to offer. A chunk appears below, and you can click through for the whole thing, but here's the nut. The segment was about the steady stream of ridiculous accusations leveled against Obama and his administration ("birthers", "deathers", and so forth), and Maddow quoted from a survey that reported that 35% of self-identified conservative voters in New Jersey were either certain (18%) or suspicious (17%) that Obama might be the anti-christ. Asked by Maddow about whether there's any hope of reaching common ground with these folks. Shaeffer said:
"You don't work to move them off these positions, you move past them. Look, a village cannot reorganize village life to suit the village idiot."