The Haters: Volume Three, James Dobson
Dobson was born to Myrtle and Traveling Evangelist, James Dobson Sr. in Shreveport, Louisiana on April 21, 1936. He is the son, grandson, and great-grandson of Church of the Nazarene ministers.
Education: He attended Pasadena College (now Point Loma Nazarene University) In 1967, Dobson received his doctorate in psychology from the University of Southern California and served in the faculty of the university's Keck School of Medicine for 14 years.
Dobson has been called one of the most influential evangelical leader and spokesman for conservative social positions in the country. He displays a Machiavellian ability to manipulate the political process, relishing his role as ‘king maker’.
Slate Magazine said
"Forget Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, who in their dotage have marginalized themselves with gaffes... Dobson is now America's most influential evangelical leader, with a following reportedly greater than that of either Falwell or Robertson at his peak... Dobson may have delivered Bush his victories in Ohio and Florida."
Dobson entered the national consciousness in 1970 with his book “Dare to Discipline.” Which advocated a Skinnerian approach to child rearing tied to an evangelical Christian perspective. “Spare the rod and spoil the child” being the key concept.
"It is not necessary to beat the child into submission; a little bit of pain goes a long way for a young child. However, the spanking should be of sufficient magnitude to cause the child to cry genuinely." James Dobson, Dare to Discipline
“For James Dobson and a growing cadre of supporters armed with Dobson's breakthrough theory and insight, the only sane approach parents can take towards childhood rebellion is to beat it out of them. Otherwise chaos, socialism and Satan will prevail.” Bruce Wilson, The Huffington Post
In 1977 he founded Focus on the Family with a Mission Statement to “cooperate with the Holy Spirit in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible by nurturing and defending the God-ordained institution of the family and promoting biblical truths worldwide.”
He remained in charge of that organization until 2003, and was pushed out of the corporation by 2009. By 2010 he Founded ‘Family Talk’ and instituted ‘Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson” as a radio show.
In 1981 Dobson founded the Family Research Council as a political lobbying group for ‘family values’ and to champion socially conservative causes, such as Homophobia:
Falwell outed the Purple Teletubbie as gay, but Dobson set his sights on another cartoon icon, Sponge Bob Square Pants, or rather a video that included him along with Barney, Bob the Builder, and the Rugrats kids singing a remake of the song “We Are Family” claiming that the underlying message is one of pushing a gay agenda.
On its web site the We Are Family Foundation “asks people to respect the sexual identity of others along with their abilities, beliefs, culture and race.”
Dobson considered this a bad thing, saying “Their inclusion of the reference to 'sexual identity' within their 'tolerance pledge' is not only unnecessary but it crosses a moral line,"
Dobson’s Family Research Council has also called for the criminalization of homosexuality, stated that the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” would lead to the molestation of straight soldiers by homosexuals and repeatedly falsely linked homosexuality to pedophilia. The later earned them a place on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of Hate Groups.
The FRC was a vocal sponsor of Prop 8 in California, attempting to outlaw gay marriage.
Dobson, through his Radio shows and his proxies has also expressed opposition of Stem Cell research, Abortion Rights, Pornography and ‘indecent’ programs on Cable and TV.
He advocates for “Pro-Abstinence” sex education (which has failed dismally everywhere it has been implemented), the Conscience Clause allowing health providers to deny contraception or abortion services based on their personal religious beliefs, the reinstatement of School Prayer, and of course, Creationism as an ‘alternative’ to the teaching of Evolution.
What I find truly frightening, is Dobson’s embrace of Dominionist Philosophy, the notion that Christians are the ‘rightful’ rulers of not only the US but of the world at large. Dominionists seek total political power and the implementation of a Christian Theocracy.
He has the backing; he has the politicians in his pocket. Be afraid, be very afraid.
Christianity: A disgusting middle eastern blood cult, based in human sacrifice, with sacraments of cannibalism and vampirism, whose highest icon is of a near naked man hanging in torment from a device of torture.