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29 March 2007

James Dobson: Evangelical Psychic?

"...Focus on the Family founder James Dobson has dealt a potentially devastating blow to Fred Thompson’s presidential aspirations, saying the former senator is not a Christian.

"Everyone knows he’s conservative and has come out strongly for the things that the pro-family movement stands for,” Dobson – considered the most politically powerful evangelical figure in the U.S. – said in a phone call to Dan Gilgoff, senior editor at U.S. News & World Report.

"[But] I don’t think he’s a Christian. At least that’s my impression.”

Thompson’s spokesman Mark Corallo took issue with the statement.

"Thompson is indeed a Christian,” he said. "He was baptized into the Church of Christ." (source)

If Dobson had spoken with Thompson and the former Senator had disclosed that he wasn't a Christian...well, then that would be one thing. But who is he to presume what someone's faith is? None of his positions are contrary to "God's law"...so what prompted this proclamation? It's not like he's lobbying to let off murderers and voraciously pro-choice...

I guess he realized how un-Christian this statement was...as there was some backpedaling shortly after...

"Focus on Family spokesman Gary Schneeberger sought to clarify Dobson’s statement, telling Gilgoff that while Dobson didn’t believe Thompson belonged to a non-Christian faith, he "has never known Thompson to be a committed Christian – someone who openly talks about his faith.

"We use that word – Christian – to refer to people who are evangelical Christians. Dobson wasn’t expressing a personal opinion about his reaction to a Thompson candidacy.” (source)

This is pretty cool, in the past I've never liked a candidate enough to get annoyed and defensive over criticisms...

(Cross-posted at Blonde Sagacity)


John said...

Good grief... honestly, as a parent I enjoyed reading his FOTF material, thought he was pretty "spot on" re: childrearing. Hopefully this may be the beginning of the end of his political pontificating. I was raised Methodist, am now Eastern Orthodox. In my experience people who often talk openly about their faith are too often hypocrites who don't "walk their talk"... by your works your faith is revealed. So, I've never been a Christian, eh? I look forward to Fred's reaction.

Anonymous said...

As a bit of a Fred fan, I have to say I'm disappointed that he felt the need to have a spokesperson jump out and say "oh, yes Fred *is* a Christian". My respect for Fred went down a notch from that.

Does Mr. Thompson really need to jump up and down, pound the pulpit and thump his bible to be an effective conservative candidate? No he does not. In fact, the fact that he doesn't (ignoring the current ill-advised response for the moment) is one of his greatest strengths.

Excelsior said...

As a Christian Conservative and a proud, card-carrying member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, I am a supporter of Fred Thompson's "undeclared" candidacy and also an ardent admirer of Dr. James Dobson. But Dobson had absolutely no business making a public statement like this, and I've sent him a very blunt email to that effect. The only reason I can think of for Dobson's declaration about Fred's faith is the good doctor's desire to promote one of the other GOPers. But who that could be, I have no idea.

Excelsior said...

Here's the email I just sent to Dr. James Dobson. I've modified it a bit to preserve my anonymity.

Dr. Dobson,

I've been an avid admirer of yours for many years. I wanted to let you know how much I object to your public declaration that "Fred Thompson is not a Christian." As I see it, the GOP has the following candidates running for the nomination at present: a wishy-washy American hero who was a member of the Gang of 14 in the Senate and who opposed Bush's tax cuts then flip-flopped, a Mormon who has done more positional loop-de-loops than a Coney Island roller coaster, an out-and-out liberal in favor of same-sex "marriage" and partial-birth abortion and gun control laws and a controversial bona fide conservative who has such a long list of media and political enemies that he has no chance in a general election. Not much of a choice so far. But then 2-3 weeks ago a breath of hope stirred when Fred Thompson indicated an interest in running. The guy is right on the money on all the major issues, and yet you raise doubts about his faith? What were you thinking??

Dr. Dobson, please take it back. Since NO ONE knows the actual spiritual condition of any individual except the Lord God, please take back what you said. I do not want a Democrat president, and I do not want Rudy Giuliani as president either. Please take back what you said.

An upset brother in Christ,
Cincinnati, Ohio

OrdinaryColoradoan said...

If this is how Tompson responds to unexpected little nasty slash criticisms - then he will win big! He took the path of sayign simply what is, and left no doubt who the "Bigger Person" was in leaving this stinker with the perons that started it, rather than a pointless tit-for-tat.

Also consider the reporter who made the out of context quite and possibly baited Dobson (allegeldly the writer is anti-Christian and a liberal as well, so he had an axe to grind)

Anonymous said...

Below: Read about our conversation with Senior advisors to Dr.Dobson.


Last night the DrudgeReport.com posted a link to an article in U.S. News & World Report titled: Dobson Offers Insight on 2008 Republican Hopefuls, Focus on Family Founder Snubs Thompson, Praises Gingrich. The calls and emails were fast and furious and I do mean furious!

This morning I had an opportunity to speak with Brad Miller, Director of Family Policy Council at Focus. We had a great conversation and Brad confirmed what many of us had been suspecting - the article was not an accurate representation of the conversation.

Dr. Dobson had never actually spoken with Fred and did not know Fred's personal viewpoints and beliefs firsthand. Dr. Dobson noted that Fred's voting record while in the Senate was to be praised and indicated a strong conservative, pro-family position. Dobson did not know Fred to be an outspoken evangelical, which can be considered a negative in some circles. The notion that Dr. Dobson was supporting a potential Gingrich candidacy over others is false. Brad also mentioned that there was a great deal of excitement among the "religious right" about a potential Fred Thompson candidacy and that Dr. Dobson is not endorsing or supporting any candidate or potential candidate at this time.

I appreciate Brad for the conversation and helping to clear the air on this and I appreciate your ongoing efforts in supporting a potential Fred Thompson candidacy.

If you haven't been to the site lately, please take a minute stop by: http://www.grassrootsvoter.com We are well on our way to our goal of organizing 10,000 Fred Thompson supporters!

Anonymous said...

I like James Dobson and Fred Thompson. When I hear such quotes I assume them to be misquotes.

The media has misquoted Dobson before. The corrections never get the same coverage.

Excelsior said...

Anonymous at 3/30, 8/31/07, you are absolutely right. www.newsmax.com has the correction/clarification. Apparently the reporter who posted the story has a long history of hostility toward Christianity and Christian leaders. I'm very relieved to learn the truth. I'll wager Fred is, too, assuming he's actually going to toss his chapeau into the fray eventually.

Greg said...

I was raised in a Church of Christ family. I assure you the C of C is very Christian. Somewhere between Amish and Quacker well may be not, but very conservative and not to be confused with the United Church of Christ which is totally different.

Anonymous said...

Quacker... I love that little typo

Matia said...

Good for people to know.