I went back and reviewed one of my old posts regarding the American Girl stores and a group called Girls, Inc. In the post, I mentioned that the American Family Association was boycotting them. (Read the original post here) Anyway, I noticed that the American Family Association only had 2.2million members as of the posting (Oct. 2005). It got me to thinking, just how many people are actually a part of all these “family” groups that supposedly support the American Family as they see fit. Because in a country of 365 million people, 2.2 million is .6% of the population.
I wonder how many members of the American Family Association belong to Focus on the Family and how many Focus on the Family members belong to any other right wing group. In other words, how many extreme right wing conservatives do we really have in this country? Probably not many.
On the flip side, Move On has 3.2 million members and the ACLU has 550,000 members, so the extreme left isn’t very large either. Between these two groups, we’re talking 1% of the population.
My point is that the extremes in this country are the ones who get all the air time. Their opinions make headline news. (Case in point, Dobson’s remarks against Barak Obama made the front page of CNN all yesterday afternoon.) We really need to shut the extremes up and tune them out. There are compromises that will need to be made no matter whom is made President in November.
While Focus on the Family is worried about the homosexuals in this country and furthering their own agenda, we’re not noticing anything else. What about the economy? What about the environment? What about our children’s future?
What about making America the country we’ve been before? The respected world leader? What about securing our future to continue being a beacon of light in a world gone wrong?
Oh, well, what do I know?
As you can imagine, I don’t particularly care for James Dobson. I’ve never heard the man make one statement with which I agree and I think he has a very limited view on God and Jesus that belongs back in the stone age. Further, I believe that Dobson, his Focus on the Family and other right-wing Christian groups have such a limited knowledge of that which is good for the country that they miss the big picture, which is why they supported George W. Bush.
That said, Dobson came out today and made comments about a speech Barack Obama made in 2006. You read that right. In order to find a statement that he can jump on and use as a reason good Christian people shouldn’t vote for Obama, Dobson had to reach back into 2006.
Here’s what Obama said:
“Which passages of scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is OK and that eating shellfish is an abomination? Or we could go with Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith? Or should we just stick to the Sermon on the Mount?
“So before we get carried away, let’s read our Bible now. Folks haven’t been reading their Bible.” — quoted from CNN.
He said this in a speech in front of the Christian group Call to Renewal. Nothing he said was wrong or even unreasonable. If we take the Bible literally, as evangelical Christians wish us to do, then we have to take the WHOLE Bible and not just the parts we want.
However; James Dobson said (and I’m quoting from the CNN news article) “Obama should not be referencing antiquated dietary codes and passages from the Old Testament that are no longer relevant to the teachings of the New Testament.” I find that humorous since Focus on the Family is against gay marriage based on Old Testament beliefs (before you write, I don’t believe St. Paul mentioned gays. The passage was about men loving boys, which is sick.).
In closing, I’d like to just say that this just shows that the right wing Christians are running scared. Someone who doesn’t pander to them just might be elected President and their outdated views of the Bible and a just society might die with this election. The tide is turning against them and they now just have to ruffle feathers so we don’t forget that they’re there.