James Dobson’s Sinful Actions

Regular bloggers know that there are times when the blogging enterprise becomes a chore and a lapse into infrequent blogging occurs.  James Dobson and the Focus on the Family organization has committed such an egregious sin that it needs to be brought to the light of day.

In a recent Action Letter, Focus on the Family has posted a “letter” proporting to be from a person from October 2012 describing the consequences of 4 years of an Obama presidency.  The “cover letter” maintains that these are natural consequences of the policies Mr. Obama has proposed.

AP religion writers Eric Gorski and Rachel Zoll have summarized portions of the letter in this way:

  • A 6-3 liberal majority Supreme Court that results in rulings like one making gay marriage the law of the land and another forcing the Boy Scouts to “hire homosexual scoutmasters and allow them to sleep in tents with young boys.” (In the imagined scenario, The Boy Scouts choose to disband rather than obey).
  • A series of domestic and international disasters based on Obama’s “reluctance to send troops overseas.” That includes terrorist attacks on U.S. soil that kill hundreds, Russia occupying the Baltic states and Eastern European countries including Poland and the Czech Republic, and al-Qaida overwhelming Iraq.
  • Nationalized health care with long lines for surgery and no access to hospitals for people over 80.

Gorski and Zoll have not lifted out the most astonishing “predictions”, but theirs is a rather tame summary of the 16 pages of fear-mongering.  Appealing to their audience, the letter describes governmental intrusion into Christian ministries like Christian schools, Christian adoption agencies, & Christian broadcasting, mostly because of their positions on homosexuality.  Laws relating to broadcasting of pornography are abolished, therefore porn is on television 24 hours a day.  Christian books are no longer sold by large bookstore chains.

Why did this all happen?  The letter says this … “Christians didn’t take time to find out who Barack Obama was when they voted for him.  Why did they risk our nation’s future on him? It was a mistake that changed the course of history. ”

Whether or not one is a supporter of Barack Obama, this technique is not appropriate for “Christians”, as it is a huge violation of the 8th commandment, “You shall not bear false witness of your neighbor.”  James Dobson and Focus on the Family need to be held accountable, rather than hiding behind their “disclaimer”.

The entire letter is written as a “What if?” exercise, but that does not make it empty speculation, because every future “event” described here is based on established legal and political trends that can be abundantly documented and that only need a “tipping point” such as the election of Senator Obama and a Democratic House and Senate to begin to put them into place.

This is disengenuous Mr. Dobson.  One only has to look at the Boy Scout example.

  • Boy Scouts of America has in place some of the most stringent child protection policies in our country.  Adult scout leaders do not share tents with children.  Scoutmasters are not “hired”.  There are already gay adult scout leaders.

Is Dobson positioning himself and Focus on the Family as the “savior” should Obama be elected?  It makes me wonder.

Pondering Pastor


8 responses to “James Dobson’s Sinful Actions

  1. I’d heard about this Action Letter a day or 2 ago. While I was reading your post, I was struck by the scriptures that are very much a part of Mr. Dobson’s ideology: Leviticus 19:31 in which God’s people are instructed to turn away from mediums. It seems that this letter has the appearance of taking on the role of the medium or the psychic, or even a fortune-teller. Isn’t that something that Mr. Dobson should be avoiding?

  2. Dobson is an embarassment to all religious people–he sits in a multi-million dollar home in Colorado Springs, Colorado and rants about everything and everybody. His comments about Oboma is a clear violation of the 8th Commandment–and he wonders why people are filing complaints with the IRS!

  3. I’m saddened and disheartened that Dr. Dobson would treat a brother in Christ in such a way. And I agree with Keltic that Scripture is very clear about predicting the future. Only God knows what 2012 will be like. I think this is a very low moment for Focus on the Family. And I agree with it being a violation of the 8th commandment!

  4. Porn on Tv 24 hours a day? Boy, if that doesn’t cause birthrates to plummet to an all-time low, I don’t know what would…

  5. Just more reason to despise Dobson and Focus….as if there wasn’t a 20-ft high pile of reasons already.

  6. And Christians wonder why they are not reaching the world for Christ! My daughter pushed a clipping from a newspaper back in August 2008..when James Dobson’s associate called the nation to pray for rain in Denver on August 28, 2008 and asked me why I used to wake her up to listen to focus on the family. She said I am always telling her to pray for your enemies. Go figure! May God have mercy on us all. I hope James Dobson and his organization is not looking for another $1 donation from my pocket..this time he lost me.

  7. For the first time in history, we had a choice to choose a black president or a female president. People turned out in unprecedented numbers to vote. Unfortunately, the numbers were staggering not due to the “issues at stake” but due to color or gender. Voting is not about the color of our skin or our gender. It is about the best person for the job. Are you, a pastor, in support of abortion or homosexuality? Well Obama certainly doesn’t stand against it. LOOK AT THE ISSUES!! That was the point Dobson was making. When people vote without knowledge it doesn’t help anyone!

  8. I am an atheist/agnostic/whatever who, in the interest of becoming a more accepting and open-minded individual, is trying very hard to let go of my blanket perception of Christians as being self-righteous, misogynistic, homophobic, judgmental, war and fear-mongers. James Dobson (or the commenter above me, for that matter) certainly aren’t making it any easier…things like this blog entry, however, are. Thank you.

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