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Editorial: Dobson chastised for calling out ‘abortion president’
About politics and other thingsMay 7, 2014 | 1,962 views | Post a comment
The National Day of Prayer was held last Thursday. Did you hear about it, or read stories about the 43,000 prayer events that were held around the country in observance of the National Day of Prayer? Perhaps not.
It seems the mainstream media (the old ABC, CBS, and NBC TV networks and the major national newspapers) were too busy focusing on one Donald Sterling and his super-sexy girlfriend, to pay much attention to prayer.
Dr. James Dobson was one of the speakers at the prayer event in Washington, D.C., and he managed to make a few headlines, albeit negative. Critics accused Dobson of introducing politics into what was supposed to be a nonpartisan event, so I was excited to hear his explanation.
First, a point of personal privilege about Dobson. As a leader in what was then called the “moral majority” or, as Obama now calls them, “people who cling to their religion,” Dobson was always my hero.
I had the privilege of meeting him at President Carter’s White House Conference on Families in Los Angeles in 1980. After addressing the conference as one of the Texas delegates, I was making my way back and passed Dobson, who was standing in line to speak. He shook my hand, and I asked for his autograph. It was great watching him in the spotlight once again. He didn’t shrink from the controversy.
For those not familiar with Dobson, he is well-known as the founder of Focus on the Family, the organization that rose to popularity in the 1980s as one of the key voices in the pro-life movement.
Focus on the Family promotes marriage and family according to the Bible. It bolsters a political agenda that promotes and encourages the family; this includes opposition to pornography, divorce, and abortion.
In a candid interview following his remarks at the National Day of Prayer service, he told Megyn Kelly on Fox News that he was speaking from the heart.
He said there were overflow crowds with “standing ovations on and off all the time I was speaking.” The news didn’t report that, Dobson told Kelly. All the headlines were about the “controversy” he had caused after a Democrat congresswoman, Rep. Janice Hahn, became furious at Dobson’s remarks. She “stormed out of the hall” in protest because of Dobson’s reference to President Obama as the “abortion president.”
As Dobson explained in his television interview, Obama has always made it very clear that he supported abortion.
Further, Dobson said that, in his opinion, Obama’s policies show that “he is determined that people of faith and people of conscience are going to have to go along with it and be part of it [abortion].” Indeed, Dobson and his “Family Talk” radio show were among those who won an injunction last month against an Obamacare mandate that would have required the coverage of abortifacients under their health-care plans, regardless of religious objections.
While they may have won this injunction, Dobson doesn’t think it’s over. He explained that this president has “done everything he could to promote abortion, and he let us know that before he was elected, and the people elected him any-way.”
Dobson’s conclusion is that if abortion is such a “positive experience, if having one [an abortion] is not a bad thing, and advocating for abortion is something to be proud of -- then why is calling Obama the abortion president so insulting?”
Perhaps, Dobson concluded, if it is such an insult to refer to the “abortion president,” it might be because abortion itself is offensive and wrong.
Which, of course, leads us to today. It is a war of words and a battle in the courts.
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