As most Americans can probably agree, last Tuesday was a fantastic day in the on-going struggle for civil rights. Except for when it wasn't.
While the rest of the country was busy taking a huge step forward by electing a black president, that ultra-conservative state of California was busy stepping backwards and voting to amend their state constitution to take away gay people's right to get married. It figures. If there's one state that screams out "anti-gay," it's California. Can't you just see the people dancing in the streets of San Francisco after finding out that their hate-filled Proposition 8 passed.
There's been lots of blame going around for why Prop 8 passed, and a lot of it has landed firmly on the firm shoulders of religious organizations. After all the Mormons and James Dobson's Focus on the Family funneled millions of dollars into California (from their HQs outside the state). And the lack of support from many black churches certainly didn't help none.
However, there is one religious group that was definitely not to blame: the Jews…
On Proposition 8, Jewish Angelinos voted 78 percent against the ban while only 8 percent supported the ban, according to the survey of 1,200 voters in 50 precincts. The remainder declined to respond. The Jews’ vote against the ban was the highest proportion of any ethnic or religious group.
78 percent? That's huge.
Wow! It's almost like Jewish people might have a feeling about what it's like to be marginalized and oppressed.
Tags: California, Focus On the Family, James Dobson, Jewish, Mormon, Proposition 8
Here's our near-daily romp through the tangled web that is Sarah Palin's verbiage: She recently sat for an interview with James Dobson, head of the uber-conservative Focus on the Family.
Ever eager for a debate, Dobson remarked that the GOP platform was delightfully pro-family. The ensuing conversation gave Palin a chance to show off her new vocab words…
"Dr. Dobson thank you so much for recognizing that. This is a strong platform [built] around the planks in this platform that respect life and respect the entrepreneurial spirit of this great country and those things, back to the social issues that are what Republicans, at least in the past, had articulated and tried to stand on. Now, finally, we have very solid planks in the platform that will allow us to build an even stronger foundation for our country. It's all good and it's encouraging.
"You would maybe have assumed that we would have gotten further away from those strong planks. But no, they're there, they're solid, we stand on them and again I believe that it is the right agenda for the country at this time. Very, very clear and contrasted tickets in this election November 4th. People are going to see the clear contrasts, you just go to the planks in our platforms and that's where you see them."
But also too, there was a little surprise hidden in her verbal corn maze. See if you can spot it in the transcript below.
McCain's Pro-Life Commitment: Dobson asks whether, based on her private conversations with McCain, she thinks he "also strongly supports those views" and "will implement it."
"I do, from the bottom of my heart. I am such a strong believer that McCain believes in those strong planks and we do have good conversations about some of the details too of the different planks and what they represent. I'm very heartened that John McCain … he doesn't want a Vice President who will check the opinions … of me at the door and we talk about some of these and they're very important. It's most important though, as you're suggesting, that Americans know that John McCain is solidly there on those solid planks in our platform that build the right agenda for America."
Need a hint? The GOP platform calls (strongly, solidly) for outlawing abortion in all cases. McCain says he'd let states decide abortion law if Roe v. Wade got overturned. The plank-packed Republican platform stands against embryonic stem cell research, which John McCain supports.
To be fair, Palin hasn't even had a chance to read the Constitution yet. I'm sure she'll get to the GOP platform, and any number of news articles about John McCain's policy positions, after she reads that.
Country first, you know.
Tags: Abortion, Christianity, James Dobson, John McCain, Sarah Palin
God has yet to weigh in on this presidential election. Right now John McCain's qualifications are in question (he's not as tough on the gays as Jesus would have hoped), while Barack Obama's speeches are like a revival meeting.
Focus on the Family President James Dobson tries to appeal to God's vote by speaking out against Senator Obama's reasonable adult interpretation of religion and policy.
Can James Dobson get God to come over to John McCain's side?
RELATED: If you have any questions about Evangelical Christianity and the election, ask our expert.
Tags: Barack Obama, James Dobson, Jon Stewart, The Daily Show
Uh oh. Barack Obama might be losing all the tens and tens of evangelicals he's worked so hard getting…
As Barack Obama broadens his outreach to evangelical voters, one of the movement's biggest names, James Dobson, accuses the likely Democratic presidential nominee of distorting the Bible and pushing a "fruitcake interpretation" of the Constitution.
Loathe as I am to admit it, I think we'd better listen to James Dobson on this one. If there's anybody who knows about distorting the Bible to suit his own personal needs, it's him…
Dobson took aim at examples Obama cited in asking which Biblical passages should guide public policy — chapters like Leviticus, which Obama said suggests slavery is OK and eating shellfish is an abomination, or Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, "a passage that is so radical that it's doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application."
"Folks haven't been reading their Bibles," Obama said.
Um, maybe the problem is that they have been reading their Bibles. I'm just sayin'.
Dobson and Minnery accused Obama of wrongly equating Old Testament texts and dietary codes that no longer apply to Jesus' teachings in the New Testament.
"I think he's deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own worldview, his own confused theology," Dobson said. "… He is dragging biblical understanding through the gutter."
Gather 'round, children. The irony is growing plump and juicy on the vine. It's going to be an joyous irony harvest come fall.
Tags: Barack Obama, James Dobson