James Dobson, the increasingly irrelevant founder of Focus on the Family and chief screecher of the Christian right, says — stop me if you’ve heard this one before — that America is becoming “depraved” and is going the way of Sodom and Gomorrah. Because of gay people, of course.
In his October 2014 newsletter, a copy of which is available online, he wrote about the Old Testament account of Abraham’s nephew, Lot, “who chose to take his family into the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.”
“The men living there had become desperately depraved, burning with lust for each other. Jehovah told Abraham that their sin was so grievous that the Lord decided to rain utter destruction upon them. Abraham pleaded with the Lord on behalf of the people, but the patriarch could not find even ten righteous men in either of the cities to justify mercy,” he wrote.“Why have I chosen to recount this biblical story from so long ago? Because I am convinced that America and other Western nations are sliding in the same direction,” he warned. “We have not yet reached the depravity of Sodom and Gomorrah, but that appears to be where we are headed.”
Dobson added, “Judge Robert Bork, the brilliant jurist who was shamefully denied a seat on the Supreme Court, wrote a book about this danger 18 years ago. It was titled, ‘Slouching Towards Gomorrah.’ I think he had it right.”
“Many influential men and women of the judiciary are leading us toward perdition.”
Except this Biblical story is just that, a story. It’s the same thing that goes on today, when a disaster happens and the wingnuts immediately blame it on God punishing us for The Gay or abortion or removing him from schools or whatever else they were already against. And it’s no more credible just because it’s in the Bible than it is today when screamed by a street preacher.