Saturday, November 01, 2008

James Dobson's Vision of Hope

With every new stunt that James Dobson pulls, my wife reminds me, "Yes, but he does so many good things for children and marriages." I can't accept that trade off anymore.

I find it hard to hold my tongue. Most critical speech just pleasures the speaker, but does little to affect the opinions of others. When does one speak? That is the question.

So let me just say this: James Dobson - Your "Letter from 2012 in Obama's America", in my opinion, is filth. I would spend more blog space on this, but Jim Wallis put my thoughts much better and more calmly in his response.

I wonder if, when 2012 comes and your letter is proved by history to be a slanderous, fear invoking, godless diatribe ... will you then repent and apologize??

I won't hold my breath in hope.... but we'll see you in four years.


Steve H. said...

My support for the
"Dobson is Officially an Idiot" motion should in no way be construed as being support for Barak Obama.

Thats my official disclaimer and I'm sticking to it :)

didymus said...

I read most of that thing when it first came out. It makes quite a piece of fear mongering. But I can’t imagine the “young evangelicals” it blames for Obama’s win and subsequent disasters are listening to this trash, and the “older evangelicals” are already as anti-Obama as they come, so I can’t see it having much impact. Maybe it will encourage a few Christian coach potatoes to get up and vote, but would coach potatoes read 16 pages.

I like the disclaimer they have for an introduction: Of course, there are many evangelical Christians supporting Senator Obama as well as many supporting Senator McCain in this election. Christians on both sides should continue to respect and cherish each other’s friendship as well as the freedom people have in the United States to differ on these issues and to freely speak our opinions about them to one another.

I bet that was tacked on there after it was written just so “older evangelicals” wouldn’t go out an excommunicate their teen and campus ministries.

Danya said...

Interesting. Some of that I do see as a real reality, but a lot is fear-mongering and I pray it won't come to that. No president over the past few years got anything done they wanted to do, so....I don't think Obama will get all of his adgendas completed either.

I do think that the letter is "preaching to the choir" though.

Redlefty said...

didymus, that disclaimer is cracking me up!

It's like saying, "We will give you the space to be wrong, evil and stupid. It's a free country, after all. But I'm still gonna blast you for it. Respectfully, though, you big bunch of hate-filled morons. God bless America."

Bob said...

As I told you over at another blog, I'm right with you re: Dobson. I just don't get where he gets off appointing himself as prophet.

I am NOT in any way, shape or form supporting Obama and I would love for a miracle to happen and McCain stage an upset on Tuesday.

But if I have learned anything this election season, it's that reasonable minds can differ. Reasonable CHRISTIAN minds can differ. I pray that we'll be more about the things that unite us than divide us. But Dobson isn't helping that cause.

Andrew said...

"Reasonable CHRISTIAN minds can differ."

That is the big missing part that many people step over. I would add that reasonable minds of any persuasion can differ reasonably. Being Christian, I expect people in my community should be instructed better. That we would know that God has designed it so that none of us hold the entire picture at any one time. This is supposed to bring humility and interdependence. Instead, we look at our piece and elevate it to an all encompassing status; eliminating the need to listen to our neighbor. We ignore James injunction to be "quick to listen".

Instead, I have been told by two Christians this week that IF I were REALLY a Christian, I would be voting for McCain.

Oh well......

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