Back in February, I posted a couple of pieces on Mike Huckabee (see here and here). The second piece, Mike Huckabee: He Just Gets Scarier, pulled in James Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family, and the work they were doing together. All deference to my Southern Baptist roots aside, Dobson scares me. Apparently, I rankled him, too. Here’s the comment Dobson posted here at AshPolitics in response to that post:
Your pejorative and unsubstantiated tripe is the result of “news” bouncing around in your own mind, alone. I bet you are alone most of the time, with a temper and fuming rage like you’ve got there. They never called for the “conversion or eradication” of anyone — that’s the bailywick of folks like you, who believe that a fetus must be eradicated if it cannot be proven, prior to delivery, that it won’t be a died in the wool liberal — thus, die in the womb if you’re not died in the wool!
Get a life, Taz!
How Dobson got from that post, a reaction to Dobson and Huckabee’s union and Dobson’s efforts to ‘reform’ Muslims, a connection to abortion is beyond me.
It’s this anger ball response that I recalled when I heard about Dobson’s recent attack on Barack Obama. In a speech back in 2006, Obama mentioned Dobson’s name saying, “And even if we did have only Christians in our midst, if we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America, whose Christianity would we teach in the schools? Would we go with James Dobson’s, or Al Sharpton’s?” In his response last week, Dobson asked, “Why did this man jump on me?” My interpretation is not that Obama jumped on him. He merely mentioned him as one of the leading symbols of religion in this country. That should have been a compliment. Dobson went further, dissecting Obama’s words, parsing his speech, breaking down his theology. If you want the details, go here.
Here’s my question: why is Dobson jumping on Obama two years after his comment? Why did Dobson bother commenting here on this blog? Does he really troll the ‘Net for mentions of his name, trying that hard to control his image? Is his ego that weak? I wonder. And what about that anger level? Perhaps Dobson should go back to his Bible and read Ephesians 4:26-27: “If you are angry, don’t sin by nursing your grudge. Don’t let the sun go down with you still angry – get over it quickly; for when you are angry you give a mighty foothold to the devil.” Oh, and Mr. Dobson, if you’re reading this, it took me awhile to find that passage in my Bible because the pages are falling out from use.