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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Dobson's Fear & Loathing Campaign Part II

The political arm of Dobson's multi-million dollar corporate ministry is scraping out the bottom of their toxic fundamentalist ooze. In a desperate attempt to ignite more white Christian hysteria Focus on the Family Action has published a Letter from 2012 in Obama’s America . It reads like another popular piece of fundie-fiction, the Left-Behind series were Liberals in allegiance with Satan throw the country and world into turmoil, poverty, and, as always, the wrath of a vengeful God. This newest fear-sermon from the religious right reveals their own hopes and dream; a world where only "true" Christians govern and the role of government is the creation of a messianic military and the enforcement of theoratic laws that spread God's will to all and expose Liberals as godless enemies of freedom.
I think its a waste of time to list all the lies, half-truths, and superstitions presented in this hoax letter, but if Obama wins, and I am just starting to think he might, it will be fun to take another look at this in 2012.

All I know is a President Obama would have to work pretty hard to do worse than his predecessor.

Christian right intensifies attacks on Obama

Eric Gorski and Rachel Zoll

Terrorist strikes on four American cities. Russia rolling into Eastern Europe. Israel hit by a nuclear bomb. Gay marriage in every state. The end of the Boy Scouts.

All are plausible scenarios if Democrat Barack Obama is elected president, according to a new addition to the campaign conversation called "Letter from 2012 in Obama's America," produced by the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family Action.

The imagined look into the future is part of an escalation in rhetoric from Christian right activists who are trying to paint Obama in the worst possible terms as the campaign heads into the final stretch and polls show the Democrat ahead.

Although hard-edge attacks are common late in campaigns, the tenor of the strikes against Obama illustrate just how worried conservative Christian activists are about what should happen to their causes and influence if Democrats seize control of both Congress and the White House.

"It looks like, walks like, talks like and smells like desperation to me," said the Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell of Houston, an Obama supporter who backed President Bush in the past two elections. The Methodist pastor called the 2012 letter "false and ridiculous." He said it showed that some Christian conservative leaders fear that Obama's faith-based appeals to voters are working.

Like other political advocacy groups, Christian right groups often raise worries about an election's consequences to mobilize voters. In the early 1980s, for example, direct mail from the Moral Majority warned that Congress would turn a blind eye to "smut peddlers" dangling pornography to children.

"Everyone uses fear in the last part of a campaign, but evangelicals are especially theologically prone to those sorts of arguments," said Clyde Wilcox, a Georgetown University political scientist. "There's a long tradition of predicting doom and gloom."

But the tone this election year is sharper than usual and the volume has turned up as Nov. 4 nears.

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