Focus on the Family Explains What Will Happen in an Obama Presidency

James Dobson‘s Focus on the Family has put out a fictional letter written by a Christian from 2012 informing readers of the horrors that may happen if Barack Obama is elected president next week.

Here’s a partial list of their worries (PDF):

  • Gay marriage is declared a Constitutional right.
  • The Boy Scouts of America is forced to “hire homosexual scoutmasters and allow them to sleep in tents with young boys.” They choose to disband instead of following those orders.
  • Gender identity is part of a mandatory curriculum for first graders, including the “goodness of homosexuality” as a potential personal choice.
  • Christian schools are shut down because of anti-discrimination laws.
  • Christian parents have trouble adopting children because of their “narrow” and “dangerous” views on religion.
  • Same-sex couples working in your Christian-owned company must receive equal benefits.
  • The Bible can no longer be preached over the airwaves because it is considered hate speech.
  • Doctors who refuse to provide “artificial insemination for lesbian couples” will lose their licenses.
  • Ditto with counselors who refuse to counsel same-sex couples, including those professionals who work in churches.
  • Churches must allow gay weddings on their property or risk losing their tax-exempt status.
  • Churches must not discriminate against gay people when they hire staff (with the exception of Senior Pastor).
  • Gays are allowed in the military.
  • High school students are not allowed to worship at the Pole or gather for Bible studies.
  • College Christian groups are no longer allowed on university property.
  • “Under God” is removed from the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Christian doctors and nurses are forced to participate in or perform abortion procedures.
  • Sexual acts are allowed to be seen on TV all hours of the day. Porn magazines are visibly displayed on newsstands everywhere.
  • Your right to own a gun is taken away.
  • If you home-school your children, you must teach from a state-approved (non-Christian) curriculum. As a result, many Christian parents move to Australia and New Zealand.
  • Our troops are withdrawn from Iraq (after which, terrorists take over the unprotected country).
  • Illegal wiretapping is put to an end. Terrorist bombs go off in several American cities.
  • We now have universal health care. This is bad, apparently.
  • We go into a prolonged recession.
  • The budget deficit skyrockets despite taxes on the wealthy (as if the budget was perfectly balanced before Obama).
  • Christian publishers are no longer allowed to distribute books in major bookstores.
  • Criminal and civil charges are filed against “nearly every
    Bush administration official who had any involvement with the Iraq war.”

Of course, most of those are grossly exaggerated. Obama isn’t about to curtail the right to religious freedom. Some of those things could happen in a McCain administration (e.g. prolonged recession). Several are just flat-out wrong, designed to scare Christians who don’t have the ability to think beyond what Focus on the Family tells them.

Many items would be a welcome change from the bigoted, anti-gay, anti-privacy policies that have been a trademark of the current administration.

Let’s see more Christians challenging the ridiculous ideas presented in this piece of propaganda.

Dobson’s always been a joke. But this is a new low.

  • A Skip

    If you home-school your children, you must teach from a state-approved (non-Christian) curriculum. As a result, many Christian parents move to Australia and New Zealand.

    Vote McCain/Palin! We don’t want your nutbars here.

  • Polly

    Criminal and civil charges are filed against “nearly every
    Bush administration official who had any involvement with the Iraq war.”

    Really! Promise?
    I’d vote for Obama if I thought that was possible.
    About halfway through the list I forgot and thought the topic was “What would Happen if we pass Prop 8.”

    Most of those persecution scenarios are utter bullshit. The only reason he thinks that is because dominionists like him would curtail others’ freedoms given half the chance. He’s projecting.

    I’d comment on the rest but there’s just too much stupidity.

  • Julie Marie

    what is worshipping at the Pole?

    Is it just me or are the paranoid rantings getting worse as he ages?

  • geru

    One can only hope that most of these predictions actually happens in the future.

    What a wonderful world that would be.. John Lennon’s Imagine comes to mind as I read the list. :)

  • http://rylesmalone.spaces.live.com/ MrMalone

    Holy Crap. I used to love James Dobson when I was a Christian. I found him so inspirational. Unfortunately I was ignorant to his ignorance. It could be that he’s become worse from 10 years ago, or that I was truly just a bumbling fool to admire his rubbish. I feel embarrassed for ever feeling inspired by him.

    Worshipping at the pole is a coordinated time of prayer for kids in school to meet at their school flag pole to pray… happens nationwide.

    I’m sure he must be embarrassing to most Christians.. please.. I hope.

  • http://myspace.com/leecookebarbo Lee

    Did you realize that almost 35% of this list is about homophobia? How warped is that?
    Gawd forbid that a person be permitted to love another. Whatever would we do with more love in the world?

  • Harknights

    It’s funny. I don’t think gay people think about gay people that much.

    I wonder if Dobson has even more fiction detailing how he would be forced to leave his family and travel with a gay man back to his club and there he is legally bound to have sex over and over. It’s a small part of the story taking only 450 pages over 12 chapters. The strong will Dobson must have to rewrite those chapters over and over. What a good Christian.

  • http://virtualityforreal.blogspot.com Allytude

    I cannot imagine being so obsessed with gayness, is this guy in the closet ? I wonder…… like Ted haggard and the rest of them “good Christian” Pastors.

  • BZ

    I think challenges to this, Christian or otherwise, should be done on a small scale, as in conversations with friends where someone supports Dobson. A pastor giving a sermon against Dobson would just make him seem more legitimate.

  • Catherine

    It’s funny. I don’t think gay people think about gay people that much

    Yeah, exactly. When supposedly straight people are spending more time thinking about teh gay than actual openly gay people are, something is seriously wrong with that picture.

  • Nicole

    “Same-sex couples working in your Christian-owned company must receive equal benefits.”

    The fact that this is considered a bad thing worries me. I am SO glad I live in Canada.

  • http://ordover.wordpress.com orDover

    During my Christian school education we were constantly told how “in the future” it would be practically illegal for Christians to openly practice their religion. In fact, I remember one video we had to watch about a Christian father being imprisoned and executed for praying with his family in the privacy of their own home.

    I’ll never understand this giant persecution complex. I also think it is really interesting the way that they only focus on the impact for Christians. I wonder if they think that Borders will do away with all of it’s religion section, or only the part with books by C.S. Lewis. It is so irrational. The government doesn’t want to make religion (ANY religion) illegal, it just wants to keep the religious values of one specific religion out of legislation.

    The bits about religious schools, homeschooling, and school groups seems to be a particularly popular fear. Why do Christians always ignore the freedom of religion given under the Constitution? It won’t be illegal to establish Christian clubs on college campuses because that falls under the protection of freedom of religion and freedom of organization. The right to “free exercise” of religion and the right to a peaceful assembly is written right there in the First Amendment. It’s not going anywhere.

    In America, people are given the freedom to hold prejudice and act like bigot assholes. Liberals like Obama don’t want to write that prejudice into law. That’s it. So calm down.

  • http://www.freethoughtflorida.com Rose

    Holy shit. This reads like a Wish List. If I actually prayed, that is what I would pray for!

  • http://malumspiritus.blogspot.com NoctemArcanus

    Is it sad that I think most of these things should happen? I guess that is what separates me from the Christians…

  • Tav

    What’s bothering me is how silly “worries” like these divert attention from what’s realy important and dangerous about Obama – his destructive economic views – and do an opposite job, bringing him more voters.

    I really don’t like McCain’s conservative views on some things, but he is much better anyway than a socialist, who doesn’t see a problem in rising taxes and printing more money just like that for achieving so called ‘social justice’.

  • J. J. Ramsey

    The Boy Scouts of America is forced to “hire homosexual scoutmasters and allow them to sleep in tents with young boys.”

    Where do they get the idea about sleeping “in tents with young boys”? That seems like purely made-up crap to make the homosexual thing look scarier than it really is.

  • NeuroLover

    Hooray for Tav :)

  • Monkey Deathcar

    I agree with most that a lot of these things are “good.” Why would “the goodness of homosexuality” be taught when it’s something that is neither good or bad. Like heterosexuality, homosexuality just is.

    Tav,

    This post has nothing to do with libertarianism.

  • Adam

    Same-sex couples working in your Christian-owned company must receive equal benefits.

    How dare we want to be treated as equals!

  • Richard Wade

    As the last dinosaurs went extinct, they thrashed about and made a great uproar. Lots and lots of noise.

    The world is changing and people like Dobson are no longer suited for it. His desperation, paranoia, obsession with controlling others and willingness to simply lie is pathetic and disgusting. He and his kind are on their way out. Good riddance!

  • Tao Jones

    Wow, some of those sound pretty good.

    Here’s a thought…

    If ALL of those actually came true by 2012, would you consider it better or worse than what we have now? No picking and choosing, either all of them came true or none of them came true… which would you prefer?

  • N

    I’m STILL amazed at the obsession with homosexuality. I just don’t get why they find that so frightening.

  • Rat Bastard

    @Tao: The world is going to be like that, pretty much.

    For the rest, like the Scoutmaster being required to sleep in a tent with a young boy- the inability of the xtians to distinguish homosexuality from pedophelia is just as exasperating as all their other stupidity. I don’t care what anyone says, pedophelia is a problem. Consenting adults, I couldn’t care less.

    Taking away the guns in the US? Probably not going to happen.
    Richard Wade: the religious bent of people shows up in a lot of ways, like crystal worship and so forth. I drive on Topanga Canyon occasionally here in California, and I see what they are doing. It’s part of the human psyche. I’m not saying it isn’t as extinct as dinosaurs, it’s just where a lot of people are at, developmentally- just children. They need to be properly brought up, but that’s still going to take more millennia.

  • ryot

    I sure hope this manifests itself in another “OHNOESTEHGAYZ” comic book filled to the brim with gay stereotypes and smug sarcasm.

  • http://homtrend.blogspot.com/ Brian Cooksey

    Illegal wiretapping is put to an end.

    So, let me get this straight: Dobson is in favor of illegal wiretapping.

    Nice.

  • justin jm

    What. The. Fridge.

    Some of the things on that list are good, like taking “under God” out of the Pledge.

    The rest, like banning the Bible as hate speech (although parts of it do encourage hate) couldn’t ever happen. As much as I’d like for people to stop heeding the Bible’s commands on morality or politics, (or anything for that matter) I know that can only be achieved by convincing people to stop reading the Bible, not by taking Bibles away.

  • http://thebitchreport.blogspot.com/ Milena

    I really don’t like McCain’s conservative views on some things, but he is much better anyway than a socialist, who doesn’t see a problem in rising taxes and printing more money just like that for achieving so called ’social justice’.

    As someone who comes from a former socialist state, I can assure you, Obama isn’t a socialist. He will not be a socialist until he starts paying for university education with state money (my parents never had to pay for university), giving everyone free apartments (this was the practice in Russia until the 90s – huge waitlists), creating nationalized day-care, etc. All of these things came with strings attached, of course. For example, people in my native Bulgaria are still, nearly 20 years after the fall of Communism, trying to retrieve the ownership rights to their nationalized land from the government. My point being, the US hasn’t seen socialism yet.

    As for Dobson’s list, I agree with the people who said that most of those things actually sound like really good ideas.

  • http://notapottedplant.blogspot.com/ Transplanted Lawyer

    Dobson is really, really worried about people catching teh ghey. Like it’s a disease or something.

    Well, my gay friend has been asking me to “help him win a toaster.” But I don’t know what he wants me to do…

  • llewelly

    I really don’t like McCain’s conservative views on some things, but he is much better anyway than a socialist, who doesn’t see a problem in rising taxes and printing more money just like that for achieving so called ’social justice’.

    Obama’s voting record in the Senate shows him agreeing with Senate Republicans slightly more often than the average Senate Democrat.
    His voting record in the Illinois state Senate is similar. His proposed presidential policies are a bit left of his voting record, but still very close to the center of Senate Democrats. Note the Senate is more conservative than the House.

    A real socialist would, at a minimum, bind both minimum wage and minimum unemployment compensation to the cost of essentials, such as food, water, shelter, electricity, etc, so that it would be almost impossible to be unable to pay for these things, so long as one spent one’s money on essentials first. Such a proposal would be completely beyond the pale for any Democrat in the senate, or the house, much less a presidential candidate. Dozens of other similar examples could be made in many other policy areas.

  • weaver

    Universal health care is bad?

    whatever, I refuse to let the nutcases come to Australia because of these rules. They’re in for a shock if they do.

  • Richard Wade

    Rat Bastard,
    I agree with you that we will have a few more centuries of people with immature emotional development who will indulge in superstitious nonsense and magical thinking, but I think that the ancient, large, powerful, brachiosaurus-like systems of control and conformity are losing their preeminence quickly, relatively speaking. The bigotry and authoritarianism of Dobson will seem ugly and distasteful to most people in just fifty years, and in a hundred years it will seem bizarre, like the superstitions of the Dark Ages seem to us today. I don’t think any crystal freaks are going to be telling the rest of humanity whom they can love, what they can think and how they can live. I won’t see the real extinction in my lifetime but my daughter may in her old age, and her offspring will certainly live in a world far more free of this shadow. Some may not see progress but I think the very fact that Obama is even running for President is a sign that the times they are a-changin’.

  • philosophia

    If you home-school your children, you must teach from a state-approved (non-Christian) curriculum. As a result, many Christian parents move to Australia and New Zealand.

    THAT would be scary. The rest of it, not so much.

  • http://travelfork.blogspot.com/ Sabayon

    The Boy Scouts of America is forced to “hire homosexual scoutmasters and allow them to sleep in tents with young boys.” They choose to disband instead of following those orders.

    There are several things wrong with this statement (the conflation of homosexuality with peodophilia, the flagrant homophobia, the idea that the government can directly control BSA policy), but to me the most bizarre is, since when is “scoutmaster” a position one is hired to do. Gee, my dad sure is owed a lot of back pay from all those years he was a volunteer scoutmaster. This isn’t the most important discrepancy, but it’s one you’d expect them to get right since they are so pro scouting you’d think they’d know better. It’s like when you’re reading Left Behind and the authors don’t seem to understand a church’s place in a community. There are worse errors, but wtf? How can they not know better.

  • Richard Wade

    There are people who believe crap like this because they are stupid.

    There are people who are not stupid but believe crap like this because they are crazy.

    There are people who are neither stupid nor crazy but believe crap like this because they can compartmentalize their minds, having plenty of logic and reason in one part and none at all in another part.

    Finally, there are people who dream up crap like this who don’t believe it at all, but cynically use it to gain money and power from the stupid, the crazy and the compartmentalized people who do believe it.

    I suspect that Dobson is one of the last category.

  • PrimeNumbers

    I’m pleased this list is so extreme that people will read it and think it utter nonsense.

    However, that someone could think this in the first place, to write it, is as scary as hell.

    Christians do have a persecution complex. Probably something to do with lions, I’m sure. But that’s because they live their lives under the eye of their big brother, and are scared as hell of going to hell. They live their life in fear of what they’re taught to love. No wonder they become whack-jobs.

  • http://emergingpensees.com Mike Clawson

    This is the same paranoid “liberal conspiracy” crap that Dobson and the Religious Right has been pushing for the past two decades. Sadly I can still remember a time in my life when I believed all this stuff myself. Anyhow, I’ll be writing a rant about it at my blog too as soon as I get a chance. Thanks for the heads up.

  • Richard Wade

    Mike, good to see you again.

  • http://emergingpensees.com Mike Clawson

    Thanks Richard. I’ve been too busy with school, family and moving to post much lately.

  • Rest

    Thank you for the wonderful list, Mr. Dobson. Now I have a handy little prayer sheet to use when I next pray to Baal. ;)

  • http://emergingpensees.com Mike Clawson

    It just occurred to me that someone needs to respond to this with a “Letter from 2008 in Bush’s America” outlining all the horrible things which actually have happened in the last 8 years. The current reality will certainly be far more frightening than Dobson’s far-fetched scenario.

    I’d write it myself but school-work and family takes precedence right now.

  • Polly

    @Mike C.

    I really hate that every time I run the mouse over your screen name, I think I see a link to a blog called “emergingpenises.” And, sadly, it gets me
    every
    time.

  • http://emergingpensees.com Mike Clawson

    @Mike C.
    I really hate that every time I run the mouse over your screen name, I think I see a link to a blog called “emergingpenises.” And, sadly, it gets me every time.

    Hey, whatever I can do to brighten someone’s day.

    ;)

  • Aaron

    I, for one, welcome our gay overlords!

  • http://sagacious-sycophant.net Tess

    I love how he can decry ending the discrimination experienced by homosexuals and fear similar treatment being implemented on “his kind” in the same breath.

    They want the same rights as us! And then they’ll take our rights away! And how could anyone live like that! It’s barbaric!

  • tgbarton

    I’m saving the whole letter so that I can rub its falseness in FOTF’s face in four years.

  • Scherer

    I believe someone ate some serious peyote buttons and saw their greatist fear instead of expanding their universe.

  • Carol

    This kind of b.s. is best ignored. Liberal is a ‘dirty’ word in the U.S. Conservatism is practiced by the present government in an imperialistic way. Christians do not have a monopoly on the entire western world and that includes Canada where Dobson has been, tried to influence Canadians. Didn’t work! Focus on the Family, traditional family values, traditional moral/social values…this borders on autocracy, not a democracy. If theists and atheists and apatheists can’t live side by side, as absurd as it sounds, we should all live in our own communities where we don’t have to apologize for living or be afraid to go about our daily lives.
    There are l/Liberal C/conservatives and C/conservative liberals. Their thinking isn’t uniform or consistent. I don’t understand the christian mentality that same-sex anything is a ‘threat’ to those who conform to mainstream living.
    Religion has caused a lot of grief beginning thousands of years ago. Death, persecution, harrassment, etc.
    I guess it’s going to be hard for Barack Obama as President, beginning January 20th. to realize that there are same-sex couples, lesbians and gays who want human rights, not civil rights (unions).
    Focus on the Family is creating hatred of anything that isn’t traditional and those who don’t conform to his values. We don’t live in an homogenous society, so too bad James Dobson cannot accept that. He isn’t capable of mentally processing that reality.

  • scott

    First i want to say i am a christian and today in america that doesnt mean much. just because you believe in jesus doesnt make you a christian satan believe’s in christ as well. that being said. I also do not agree with what dobdson did with article These are the type of thing that give christians a bad name. In a news broad cast titled how to spend a “trillion dollars with a t” one of the stipulations was if a school took money you could not allow pray on school grounds. This sound to me like the beginning of what he is talking about. but you have to ask you self just because the government is taking away a right that you do not care about does not mean they should do it. I pray they do not take away a right you do care about.


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