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James Dobson and the presidency

Posted Thursday, March 13, 2008, at 11:49 AM

It's been interesting to see James Dobson of Focus on the Family say that he is considering not voting in November rather than casting one for Republican nominee John McCain.

Dobson doubts McCain is as conservative as he's claimed to be.

I've got a lot of respect for Dobson based on the Christian values he stands for. He seems reasonable in his thinking and, whether you agree with his views or not, has guts enough to publicly take a stand.

Dobson wonders, though, if the evangelical movement has younger generations ready to take the lead from the aging men who now stand strong.

"Who will defend the unborn child in the years to come? Who will plead for the Terri Schiavos of the world? Who's going to fight for the institution of marriage, which is on the ropes today?" Dobson asked a religious broadcasters group in Nashville earlier this week.

I doubt the Christian evangelical movement is going to find its champion in a politician, as I sometimes suspect they'd like to do. Any politician, especially on the national level, is going to have to attract those whose Christian feelings aren't overly strong -- or who are not Christians at all.

Dobson seems to feel that presidential candidates, as his choice, out-of-the-race Mike Huckabee, should reflect Christian views.

How would the United States most prosper in the future -- as a nation inclusive of all religions, including Christianity (and including more freedom to publicly promote it in schools, etc.) or as a country with leaders and laws reflecting specific Christian values?

And could a future Christian spokesperson similar to Dobson gain enough grassroots support to make a serious run for the presidency?

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I am well-familiar with Focus on the Family as well as the Family Research Council (Focus's Washington big-brother), but I don't personally think any of their leaders could make a serious run for the presidency. Just look at the race a few years ago by Gary Bauer, who was on a similar level with Dobson but he had more political savy. He was basically ridiculed out of the race before it began. That's just one of several examples.

However, I do believe a leader with their beliefs could make a serious run for President, but I don't think, a Christian spokesperson could make a serious run for President. If that makes sense? Something about their title doesn't bode well in other states, which is why we haven't really seen a spokesperson do well for a run to the presidency.

-- Posted by dooshie69 on Thu, Mar 13, 2008, at 2:45 PM

Politics and Religion does not mix at all. That tardo Bush claimed that he was a christian and look what happened.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Thu, Mar 13, 2008, at 4:00 PM

Focus on the Family is almost like the KKK . . . they spread their own version of hate and stupidity but unfortunately do it under the disguise of christianity and supposed moral values.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Fri, Mar 14, 2008, at 7:00 AM

Dobson's irrelevancy is surpassed only by his ego.

-- Posted by Tim Baker on Fri, Mar 14, 2008, at 1:27 PM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.