Saturday, May 15, 2004

The Ravings of James Dobson

I got this from Andrew Sullivan, a man who has some pretty strong conservative credentials when it comes to foreign and fiscal policy, but also a man James Dobson and much of the wacky religious right would run over with a bus if they could. Andrew Sullivan is gay, after all, and outspoken about how he feels on the issue. Anyway, he posted this quote by Dobson, which comes from his May newsletter.

"Barring a miracle, the family as it has been known for more than five millennia will crumble, presaging the fall of Western civilization itself. This is a time for concerted prayer, divine wisdom and greater courage than we have ever been called upon to exercise. For more than 40 years, the homosexual activist movement has sought to implement a master plan that has had as its centerpiece the utter destruction of the family. The institution of marriage, along with an often weakened and impotent Church, is all that stands in the way of its achievement of every coveted aspiration. Those goals include universal acceptance of the gay lifestyle, discrediting of Scriptures that condemn homosexuality, muzzling of the clergy and Christian media, granting of special privileges and rights in the law, overturning laws prohibiting pedophilia, indoctrinating children and future generations through public education, and securing all the legal benefits of marriage for any two or more people who claim to have homosexual tendencies."

How can one address all the inaccuracies here, such as his identifying some kind of 40 year old gay conspiracy (Stonewall, traditionally viewed as the beginning of the gay rights movement, celebrates a 35th anniversary this summer). But lies are standard for this self-styled Christian Dr. Dobson.

The lies and distortions remind me of what the Cossacks, Poles and Russians told each other as they worked themselves up for pogroms over the centuries. How different from a lie about Jews needing the blood of Christian babies for their Motzoh from a lie about gays wanting to repeal pedophilia laws? Yes, Dobson lies to his constituency to spread hatred just as Churchmen lied to their constiuency throughout time in order to promote hatred of the Jews.

Would anyone trust this stinking piece of filth with their children?
Frankly, I can't look at the guy without thinking I would never leave him with my children. I would demand honesty from such a person, at the very least. How ironic that Dobson's organization is "Focus on the Family," when he promotes such hate.

What's the final word here? In two days gays in Massachusetts will become legally married. In two years those rights will spread to another state, and then another. But fundamentally there are changes in attitude already. Go stop a 15 year old, or an eighteen year old and ask him or her about gays and lesbians and you'll find much wider acceptance than even among 30 year olds. My children, and I hope to raise a few in a couple years, will not have the kinds of fears Dobson promotes. You see, Dobson has lost his litle culture war, let's just hope he doesn't decide to incite violence on his way out.

Take a slug of coffee. Spit. Rinse. Spit.