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01/02/2013

How dare the 'warlike' bloggers quote Dr Dobson accurately?!

by Jeremy Hooper

This is what Dr. James Dobson, founder of FOcus on the Family, said on his radio broadcast the morning after the Sandy Hook tragedy:

"Our country really does seem in complete disarray. I'm not talking politically, I'm not talking about the result of the November sixth election; I am saying that something has gone wrong in America and that we have turned our back on God.

I mean millions of people have decided that God doesn't exist, or he's irrelevant to me and we have killed fifty-four million babies and the institution of marriage is right on the verge of a complete redefinition. Believe me, that is going to have consequences too.

And a lot of these things are happening around us, and somebody is going to get mad at me for saying what I am about to say right now, but I am going to give you my honest opinion: I think we have turned our back on the Scripture and on God Almighty and I think he has allowed judgment to fall upon us. I think that's what's going on."
Transcript and audio [Right Wing Watch]

Right Wing Watch brought us the audio. Right Wing Watch listens to Dr. Dobson's and many other social conservatives' radio shows every day that they air, which is how they are able to bring forth so many clips. Right Wing Watch is designed to monitor the opposition, an often daunting task that the site's writers carry out with an enviable lack of anger.

But of course James Dobson is a "values" conservative, so he is in no way accountable for his own actions. Nope—this whole thing, for which he himself admitted was going to make some people mad, is actually the fault of "angry bloggers" who "have distorted his comments," and who have somehow managed to do so "with having bothered to listen to the broadcast":

As often happens whenever Dr. Dobson speaks from his heart about important events, there is a small minority of blog pundits who seem to manifest a fiery, warlike spirit when such tragedies occur. A few of these, without having bothered to listen to the broadcast or understand Dr. Dobson's presentation, have distorted his comments, perhaps as a way of drawing attention to themselves. One such writer said Dr. Dobson was "blaming God" for the Sandy Hook massacre, when nothing approaching such a blasphemous comment was said during the broadcast. Family Talk constituents, especially those who have been exposed to Dr. Dobson's books and broadcasts over the years, know well of Dr. Dobson's heart for the family and for children, and of his deep love of God and commitment to His service. Listeners and constituents are necessarily reminded, once again, that when such out-of-context assertions and distortions are heard or spread around the internet, a grain of salt is recommended. These angry bloggers often have their own axes to grind, exploiting even a national tragedy impacting so many families and children to do so.
UPDATE: "A Nation Shaken by the Sandy Hook Tragedy" [James Dobson's Family Talk]

So. Sick. Of. This.

Those of us who cover the opposition movement have "bothered to listen" to more hours of hostile and unhelpful audio than we would care to admit. Considering how bad the rhetoric gets and how deeply personal it hits, most of us do this with a shockingly good nature. We simply shed light on what these folks are saying, something they should *WANT*, right? I mean, don't radio hosts talk so that *MORE* people will listen?

But every single time, when the scrutiny gets to a certain level, they start shooting messengers. All of a sudden, those of us who react are somehow the antagonists. Those of us who actually cite and link to our political opponents rather than define them without attribution are somehow the truth-twisters in this debate. Those of us who stand up against the outrageous comments are portrayed as "angry" or "fiery" or "warlike." Oh, and of course that wild and crazy internet is said to be filled with careless bloggers, even though these same bloggers link to their source material in ways that the conservative movement rarely dares.

Sick. Of. It. And I'm seriously not going to take it any more. Spine up, Dr. Dobson. You dished the incendiary claims—now take the deserved reaction.

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