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