I. Need. A. Barf. Bag.
He was born in Louisiana in 1936, and remembers his hometown as an idyllic slice of heartland America. “There were no drugs in my racially mixed, public high school,” he wrote. “There were no punkers, no skinheads, no neo-Nazis, no freaks, no witches, and no gay or lesbian activists.” The only child of a minister in the Church of the Nazarene, which emphasizes study of the Scripture and opposes alcohol, tobacco, and premarital intercourse, Dobson committed himself to God when he was 3. He was attending Sunday services, and his father invited those who felt like doing so to gather at the front of the church. Dobson toddled down the aisle. “I recall crying and asking Jesus to forgive my sins.”
What are Dobson’s political beliefs?
They’re solidly on the right, sometimes stridently so. He says that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, has unleashed the “biggest holocaust in world history.” He also warns that gay marriage is sending the U.S. “hurtling toward Gomorrah.” Dobson has compared embryonic stem-cell research to Nazi medical experiments, and he complained that the rather fey cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants was indoctrinating kids with the “homosexual agenda.” (Dobson later explained, “All I said was he was part of a video produced by a group with strong linkages to the homosexual community.”)
John’s rightfully asking a question about these “idyllic circumstances” Dobson talks about in the Deep South of the 1930s and 40s.
People were still swinging from trees and getting burned out by the Klan, so you really have to wonder if he’s got a selective memory.