Wednesday, June 25, 2008

If we don't hang together...

As Rachel points out in her comments on the Beer, Bunting and Bullshit post, the effort to divide the voters has already begun.

Rev James Dobson, an evangelical leader and chairman of the board of Focus on the Family, an evangelical non-profit, has attacked Sen. Obama by accusing him of "distorting the Bible and pushing a "fruitcake interpretation" of the Constitution."

To put the work of this group in perspective, according to Wikipedia, "Focus on the Family has been criticized by mainstream medical, psychological and mental health organizations for misleading the public, and top academics have charged Focus on the Family with manipulating research in misleading ways."

So it is one of those groups. You know the ones. A woman shouldn't have control of her own body. Women should stay home and not work. Gays are going to hell. In fact, according to Wikipedia:

In the winter of 2004-2005, the We Are Family Foundation sent American elementary schools approximately 60,000 copies of a free DVD using popular cartoon characters (most notably Sponge Bob) to "promote tolerance and diversity." Dobson contended that "tolerance and diversity" are "buzzwords" that the We Are Family Foundation misused as part of a hidden agenda to promote homosexuality. The New York Times noted Dobson asserting: "tolerance and its first cousin, diversity, 'are almost always buzzwords for homosexual advocacy.'"

While Barack Obama tries to find common ground, groups like this spend their time trying to separate us. They aren't trying to work with anyone, they are trying to dictate to America their personal view of morality and ethics. And if the accusations are true, they aren't afraid to bend the truth to do it.

Finally, you know this guy is reaching when he calls Sen. Obama a constitutional fruitcake. I'm willing to bet that a Harvard law grad who taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School for 12 years knows a little bit more about that particular document than a pseudo-preacher with a clear political agenda.

Don't give these nuts the time of day. It is one thing to disagree with someone, but to come out of the box with this kind of rhetoric makes it clear that they have no interest in any perspective but their own. If you don't want on the train, then shut the hell up and let the rest of us get to the business of joining hands in the common cause of fixing this broken, misguided country. The America that gives these guys the freedom to speak and worship deserves better than the myopic, exclusionary vision of the future they espouse.


Martini said...

We Are Family Foundation used Spongebob to promote themselves? They used Spongebob for propaganda? Shameful, I'd say. Then again, isn't Nickelodeon using Spongebob to promote their own network? Shameful.

MediaTsar said...

Through my ultra-right-wing father-in-law, I have been sent Dobson propaganda for the past five years and can completely endorse their materials for fish wrapping and fight starting.

TheHMC said...

You had to go and bring Dobson up, didn't you.
They're located here where I live. I actually used to work a block or so up from their "compound"(as some locals here tend to refer to it). I can't tell you how many times I'd drive by and see cops sitting and blocking the entrances to their parking lot because of rumored protests, etc. be honest..I don't know anyone personally who endorses Dobson himself. Hm. Interesting.

Jim said...

The one good thing he has recently said is "I cannot, and will not, vote for Sen. John McCain, as a matter of conscience."

I think we can presume that he won't be voting for Obama either.

Let's hope he and all his followers are as good as his word and stay the hell out of politics. Right, like that is going to happen.

I think Mr. Dobson will have an interesting time in hell apologizing for his actions that he has done in god's name.

Rachel said...


Sheryl said...

I'm a friend of Rachel's and she sent me your link because she knows how much I loathe Dobson. Did you know that he has no background in theology? Check out the documentary For the Bible Tells Me So.

The T-Dude said...

Martini - I hear SpongeBob will promote anything if the price is right.

Mediatsar - After you wrap the fish with it, can you feed thousands?

HMC - Compounds are scary.

Jim - Yeah, I always wonder that as well.

Rachel - Thank you sister!

Sheryl - Wasn't he a doctor or something?