James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, has invoked the first and third “Gs” -- as in "God, Guns, Gays and Government" -- in his version of why the Connecticut grade school massacre happened. Dobson tossed in an “A” for abortion for extra measure.
Dobson is one of those Republican religious righties who regularly panders to hate, fear, intolerance and ignorance by hitting on one or more of what one of my union buddies calls "the four Gs: God, Guns, Gays and Government."
Dobson is a bigwig in the the Jesus-loves-me-but-He-can’t-stand-you crowd. God and guns are loveable, according to their gospel. Gays and government (except for Uncle Sam's military) are not.
According to The Huffington Post, Dobson said "that something has gone wrong in America and that we have turned our backs on God.
"I mean millions of people have decided that God doesn't exist, or he's irrelevant to me and we have killed 54 million babies and the institution of marriage is right on the verge of a complete redefinition."
He spewed his bilge on the “Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk” show Monday, HP says. He added, "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.” (HP has a podcast of Dobson's diatribe.)
Sam Morris isn't as famous as Dobson, to whom GOP presidential hopefuls and other Republican candidates have genuflected for years. But the pastor at Old Paths Baptist Church in Tennessee outdid Dobson. He managed to work all four "Gs" into his sermon last Sunday. The Raw Story website has a link where you can hear the whole rant: .
“We get all up in arms about 20 children getting shot in a day care but we don’t give one good glory rip about the 4,000 that were removed violently from the wombs of their mothers [through abortions] the same day…I believe they use children and Christmas and all that to try to pull on our heart strings about gun control,” Morris said. "That’s what it’s all about.”
Morris is a fan of the Almighty and firearms. “No one’s even thought about the fact that these shootings only happened at places where guns are banned…They have never had a mass shooting at a gun show where you can find over a thousand loaded guns at one time….Not one person has ever been shot at a gun show. Amen.”
Morris guaranteed "at least six or seven" of his flock were packing heat in the sanctuary. He promised there were "plenty of guns at my home school.”
Like Dobson, Morris disdains government and gay people. He admonished the mommas and daddies in his pews for still sending their offspring to “governmental schools.”
His voice rising, he claimed “the government,” not “moms and dads,” has “real authority over America ’s children.” Morris poured it on: “The government thinks that they own our children and, by the way, they do when you put ‘em on that school bus and you send ‘em down to that local mind control center. Amen?”
“Local mind control center?” Irony almost always seems lost on the likes of pastor Morris.
Anyway, he also charged that God has been kicked out of public schools, where, according to Morris, students are taught subjects like “humanism” (which he said made Adam Lanza, the Connecticut school shooter, a crazed killer who thought he was God) and “evolution” (which holds that we are "animals," according to Morris).
He was almost yelling by the time he got to the fourth "G." You won't hear about God in public schools, but you can “learn how to be a homo!” he brayed.
Anyway, I listened to Morris' mindlessness from start to finish. Throughout, he kept soliciting “amens.” He got some, but most sounded less than lusty to me. They were individual, not chorused. That made me wonder – okay, it might be wishful thinking – that more than a few in the shepherd’s flock weren’t so keen on his venom.
Morris and Dobson have been rightfully roasted and ridiculed – even by several Christians – for their bluster, bigotry, bile and bunk.
I have no doubt that neither Dobson, nor Morris nor their ilk represent most Christians in America. They certainly don't reflect views in pews or pulpits in the Presbyterian Church in which I was reared. Nor do they speak for Christians like John Shelby Spong.
Spong is a retired Episcopal bishop from New Jersey . Said he:
“God is not a Christian. God is not a Jew or a Muslim or a Hindu or a Buddhist. I honor my tradition. I walk through my tradition. But I don’t believe my tradition defines God. It only points me to God.”
My Southern-Baptist-turned-Presbyterian wife’s cousin, a retired Alliance of Baptists pastor, emailed that quote to me. Presbyterians – “the Frozen Chosen” -- don’t do “amens.” Nor do Episcopalians, who tilt toward the high church side. But I’ll break with my roots and “amen” Bishop Spong.
I'm also going to print out the email and stick it on my metal desk at work next to the little fridge magnet that shows a guy in a suit and tie beseeching Christ, "Please Jesus. Protect me from Your followers."
No doubt, Dobson and Morris are sure that they are well up the stairway to Heaven. I am sure they are equally certain that the rest of us – even Christians who are not of the Jesus-loves-me-but-He-can’t-stand-you variety -- are headed the other way.
My idea of hell would be to spend eternity with Dobson, Morris and the rest of what another of my union buddies calls "The Christian Taliban."
Tuesday, 18 December 2012