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Scariest Editorial… EVER October 5, 2007

Posted by gordonwatts in life.

I was using the Times Reader to read the Opinion page, offline. You can already tell, if you don’t know me, that I’m a liberal. Perhaps not with a capital L (and certainly not over here in France), but definitely a liberal. The NYTimes published a bit by James Dobson (head/founder of evangelical organization Focus on the Family Action) – who was trying to clear up some misconception about a recent meeting of the organization in Colorado Springs.

Second to hit me was this passage:

I [he is speaking for himself at this point, not the organization] firmly believe that the selection of a president should begin with a recommitment to traditional moral values and beliefs. Those include the sanctity of human life, the institution of marriage, and other inviolable pro-family principles. Only after that determination is made can the acceptability of a nominee be assessed.

That is your classic litmus test. Ha! I thought — not even considering the other things candidates might have to offer? Almost confining yourself to one or two issues, are you? You dirty… oh. Wait. I do the same thing. As I recently commented here — the republicans who said they thought we should teach the controversy (evolution) were not fit to lead the United States [I’d provide a link, but I’m writing this offline]. Darn. So I’m not better than he is. But he is right — we all have a certian base-line and if you don’t get past that baseline you don’t get considered. Obviously, my baseline is very different from Dobson’s.

But I also find his line of reasoning interesting. Not doing this leads to compromise of one’s principles. The way our political system is setup — especially now that the country is so evenly divided — compromise is almost the only way to make progress.

The first thing that stuck out was the summary of one of the resolutions they voted on at this meetings:

If neither of the two major political parties nominates an individual who pledges himself or herself to the sanctity of human life, we will join others in voting for a minor-party candidate.

Wow! They are threatening to pull a Ralph Nader. I wonder if this will remain beyond the end of the primaries? I would be willing to bet you good money this will be modified in the end. Obviously, one party (ahem!) puts forward a pro-life candidate then it will remain: that would be the easy way out. But if both parties put forward a pro-choice candidate I wonder what they will do?

The final thing that got to me was in the tag line:

James C. Dobson, founder and chairman of the evangelical organization Focus on the Family Action, is the author of “Bringing Up Boys: Practical Advice and Encouragement for Those Shaping the Next Generation of Men.”

I have not seen this book. I don’t have access to Amazon right now. Has anyone looked at it? Judging by this guys belief system I would… well… all I can say is scary!!!

I don’t know about you guys, but a lot of the news coming out of the US right now is rather depressing. I’m almost glad to be away at the moment. Other than the fact I don’t have internet…



1. Kea - October 5, 2007

Very, very scary.

2. Anonymous - October 6, 2007

His advice on “Bringing up Boys” is apparently that fathers don’t spank them enough.
Dobson is nothing but a far-more-[word removed] version of Larry Craig waiting for his own bathroom [word removed] scandal.

– Edited by G. Watts – two words removed. if you want to know what they were add a comment and I’ll email them to you.

3. paula schmitt - October 8, 2007

Dear Dr Watts

My name is paula schmitt, brazilian journalist writing for rollign stone, and i will be at CERN in october (this month, 2007). was curious to know if you will be around, would love to meet. can i have your email address, please? will come back to check this page later.
thank you much

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