October 2, 2006

Sigh

Pastors Guiding Voters to GOP - Los Angeles Times: "At a recent rally in Pennsylvania, Focus on the Family founder James C. Dobson told a crowd of 3,000 that it would be 'downright frightening' if Republicans lost control of Congress. If there's a good Christian on the ballot, he said, failing to vote 'would be a sin.' "

If by "downright frightening" you mean "accountability possibility" and "good Christian" you mean "actual follower of Christ, not Dobson drone," then I agree.

Update. From that same article, more:
The Rev. Rick Scarborough, a leading evangelical in Texas, has recruited 5,000 "patriot pastors" nationwide to promote an agenda that aligns neatly with Republican platforms. "We urge them to avoid legal entanglement, but there are times in a pastor's life when he needs to take a biblical stand," Scarborough said. "Our higher calling is to Christ."

The campaign encourages individual pastors to use sermons, Bible studies and rallies to drive Christians to the polls — and, by implication or outright endorsement, to Republican candidates. One online guide to discussing the election in church, produced by the Focus on the Family ministry, offers this tip: If a congregant says her top concerns are healthcare and national security, suggest that Jesus would make abortion and gay marriage priorities.

Sigh. Nothing about poverty, war, or torture. Maybe it should be "Focus on our Family and Screw everyone else."

3 comments:

ubub said...

This raises an interesting question. Rather than WWJD, shouldn't we be asking WWIRSD? What would the IRS do? Or is that limited only to those congregations who might oppose the admin's policies?

Wasp Jerky said...

I wonder what Dobson's take on the latest Republican Congressional scandal will be, or if he'll keep quiet.

Streak said...

10$ says that he and other thumpers frame this as a "gay" or "pedophile" scandal and ignore the fact that the Republican leadership knew about this for years and did nothing because they want to maintain power.