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.
- 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.