On Dobson from the Matthew 25 Network.

Hey everyone, It is Grant from the Matthew 25 Network.  I'm a little surprised that is has not been diaried on MyDD.  But, Today we saw our first hard attack against Sen. Obama on Christian Radio by James Dobson.

you can listen to it here - http://www.focusonthefamily.com/

Instead of just reporting on what Dobson said.  And offering a response.  I wanted to share how you can help reach voters, like Dobson's listeners, so in the future they also receive a positive message about Sen. Obama.

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Sex, Marriage, and Other Wastes of Time

In October of 2006, the wonderfully-named Family Research Council held a televised event entitled Liberty Sunday which, although vague in its billing, was supposed to have something to do with homosexuality, and which was consequently expected to draw some high level of attention. As FRC President Tony Perkins put it, with characteristic exactitude, "We've got thousands, literally millions of people with us tonight."

    Those thousands, literally millions of people were first treated to a suitably campy video-and-voice-over presentation in which Mr. Perkins waxed nostalgic on the virtues of John Winthrop, the original governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony and an apparently fond subject of the Christian dominionist imagination. Perkins quoted Winthrop as having warned his fellow Puritans that "the eyes of all the people are upon us so that if we deal falsely with our God in this work, we shall be made a story and a byword throughout the world." Winthrop's prescience is truly stunning; the early Puritan colony of Salem did indeed become a "byword" for several things.

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Conservatives stymie credulity!

The CPAC meetings in DC have been showing up on television: on Fox News (which I watch as an equivalent to Comedy Central - as Craig Ferguson has said, it's a channel where they make things up), on MSNBC, on CNN, and even on C-SPAN. They have given us much to consider:

- Romney's resignation, where he actually stated that what Obama and Clinton wanted to do was "surrender to the enemy" after which Al Quaida would invade the US... and he didn't want to stand in McCain's way of preventing those occurances.

-Tom DeLay being interviewed at the CPAC saying that there was no way that people have caused or even contributed to Global Warming (and this from a guy who once made his living spraying poisons into the Texas air).

- James Dobson came out and endorsed Huckabee, showing how fractured conservatives really are.

- McCain, despite boos on his immigration policies, kept insisting that he was a conservative, too... a footsoldier in the Reagan Revolution... and, as we know, the one candidate that wants to really be the fottsoldier of the George W. Bush war machine.

While covering CPAC, a lot of TV commentators are saying that the Republicans, if they gel behind McCain, have a real chance of winning. Is America really ready for this?

Under The LobsterScope

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The Stop Abortion, Allow War And Torture Party

    I recently read an op-ed piece in the NY Times from James Dobson, a conservative Christian Televangelists. While I have grave issues with televangelists period, the statements made in his piece further reinforces my already low opinion. Being a Christian, it is always hard for me to criticize another, but in the case of these guys something must be done about the hypocrisy that they exhibit.

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Storm Clouds for Giuliani

Crossposted from Show Me Progress

Right now, Rudy Giuliani is riding high in the saddle. He leads the Republican field in national polling, he just raised the most cash of any Republican in the third quarter (he was just in Clayton, MO for a $1,000/plate shindig), and he does best among his rivals in head-to-head matchups with Democratic candidates. But all is not well in Rudyland.

For starters, Christian conservatives on a national level are threatening to split with the Republican Party if the GOP nominates a candidate insufficiently committed to "family values." Focus on the Family head James Dobson explicitly stated this in a New York Times op-ed piece:

Reports have surfaced in the press about a meeting that occurred last Saturday in Salt Lake City involving more than 50 pro-family leaders. The purpose of the gathering was to discuss our response if both the Democratic and Republican Parties nominate standard-bearers who are supportive of abortion[...]After two hours of deliberation, we voted on a resolution that can be summarized as follows: 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. Those agreeing with the proposition were invited to stand. The result was almost unanimous. [emphasis mine]

Dobson also rejected electability arguments for candidates like Rudy:

The other approach, which I find problematic, is to choose a candidate according to the likelihood of electoral success or failure. Polls don't measure right and wrong; voting according to the possibility of winning or losing can lead directly to the compromise of one's principles.

On a local level, St. Louis' Archbishop Raymond Burke is reprising his role from 2004. Instead of pointing his finger at the Democrats, this time he's aiming at Giuliani. Asked whether he would deny Communion to Giuliani if the former NY mayor attended Mass in the Basilica, Burke replied, "If the question is about a Catholic who is publicly espousing positions contrary to the moral law and I know that person knows it, yes I would." (DHinMI has a fascinating look at this topic on Daily Kos.)

So what does all of this mean for Missouri?

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