Monday, October 10, 2005

The Boston Globe Profiles Dobson

Considering I was bombarded with little signs promoting a Dobson-friendly church during the recent storm, I guess it's appropriate a whole article about him shows up on my radar over at the Boston Globe. Go read the article if you can stomach it. But keep in mind it's part of a series, and you may feel like I do with those fantasy series that are never finished, that I'm constrained to finish them no matter how ill I feel. I love the phrase "hurtling toward Gomorrah", but solely because Dan Savage appropriated it for his own book, "Skipping Towards Gomorrah" (which is a wonderful book). Actually, I think Dan was mocking Robert Bork's "Slouching Toward Gomorrah", but it works equally well in this case. I've decided to go one step further and include a picture of Dan's book in the same posting as a link to an article about Dobson because it would probably annoy Dobson.
In his view, Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, has caused the ''biggest holocaust in world history"; the Supreme Court is guilty of ''judicial tyranny" that threatens religious liberties; wide approval for gay marriage would send the nation ''hurtling toward Gomorrah"; and the federal judiciary is a despotic oligarchy that represents ''the last playground of the liberal left."


In the last few years, Dobson marshaled enormous resources of media, money,
and mailing lists in preparation for these high-court vacancies, which he calls
''a watershed moment in American history."

Does anyone beside me get the impression that watershed moments in American history are a useful way of raising the same level of excitement you used to get by saying the end of the world was nigh? Although with our President noting that God told him it was time to blow people up in Iraq and Afghanistan, it's getting very difficult to tell the political watersheds from the religious watersheds no matter from which direction you approach them.

1 comment:

Sornie said...

The mere mention of Dan Savage and his politically incorrect but necessary Savage Love column makes me laugh. I love reading his column in the City Pages each week and am curious what his much self-publicized book is like.

I also find myself growing more and more towards a deeper disliking of James Dobson. Pisses me off that my Mom actually listens to his tidbits on the radio. Gag