James Dobson, the former head of Focus
on the Family, has surrendered to the gay rights movement – at
least for now.
Dobson, a conservative evangelical
minister who continues to preach, told radio listeners last week that
they're politically helpless to stop the progress of the gay rights
During a recent program, he called the
hate crimes bill – a bill that would add sexual orientation and
gender identity to the list of federal hate crimes – that recently
won approval by the House “utter evil,” but added that opponents
were powerless to fight it.
“I want to tell you up front that
we're not going to ask you to do anything, to make a phone call or
write a letter or anything. There is nothing you can do at this time
about what is taking place because there is simply no limit to what
the Left can do at this this time. Anything they want, they get and
we can't stop them.”
“We tried with [Health and Human
Services Secretary] Kathleen Sebelius and sent thousands of phone
calls and emails to the Senate and they didn't pay any attention to
it because they don't have to,” he said.
Dobson suggested that only the GOP's
return to power could alter the situation.
“[Today] the radical Left controls
the executive branch through the president, and the Congress … and
the Judiciary through the courts … now they control it all,
including every department of government. As a result, the
legislation that should shock the nation, if people were paying
attention, is being rushed into law,” Dobson said.
The only recourse left at this time for
Christians who oppose gay and lesbian rights is prayer, Dobson said.
Bloggers quickly noted that Dobson made
no effort to hide his Republican allegiance: “What's remarkable
about today's broadcast is that Dobson plainly states that the only
way for Christians to start winning again politically is for the GOP
to regain power,” Dan Gilgoff, religious correspondent for U.S.
News & World Report, wrote at his blog God
& Country. “He makes no effort to avoid coming across
as a Republican activist.”