Sunday, October 26, 2008

Dobson's time machine

I clearly do not understand the issue that Christians (at least what I hope is simply a loud minority) have with homosexuality. I mean, seriously - what does it matter? I understand the problems it poses if their own members are gay, so I guess they're free to suppress themselves, but what is the proposed legislation, the terror of 'gays running free' about? California is dealing with an absurd proposition to amend their state constitution to explicitly state that marriage is between a man and a woman. And then James Dobson and his Focus on a very narrowly defined Family posts a Letter From the Future. In it are dire warnings to the Christians of the past (pre-gay apocalypse) of the dangers of an Obama administration. There are some few policy issues and some standard partisan claptrap about gun control, abortion and terrorism:
President Obama directed U.S. intelligence services to cease all wiretapping of alleged terrorist phone calls unless they first obtained a specific court warrant for each case. Terrorists captured overseas, instead of being tried in military tribunals, are now given full trials in the U.S. court system, and they have to be allowed access to a number of government secrets to prepare their defense.
Due process? No (illegal) wiretapping? He's a madman! Makes you wonder what Jesus would do.

But the really strange stuff is about homosexuality. This is what he started the letter off with and it goes on for pages - homosexuals are allowed to marry! Homosexuals are allowed in the Boy Scouts, Homosexuals are allowed to live as free citizens in an Obama administration. The funny thing is that, of all the nonsense in this letter, this one major fear of Dobson & Co. is the one piece of alarmism that will come true (in addition to the adjustments of the above mentioned illegal activities and upholding of morality which, being Christians you'd think they'd be all over.) This letter is so absurd, I would think that it would turn its target off, but I think that they are so blinded by their irrational hate and fear that they miss the absurdities. The rest of the junk in the letter tries to paint Future Obama as some sort of Hitler-Franco hybrid who is dead set on stripping rights away from the Republican party, which is, no doubt, what Dobson would like a McCain administration to do to the Democratic party. And the gays. I'm sure nothing gets him through the day quite like picturing the Lake of Fire brimming with homosexuals. What an asshole.

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