October 19, 2017

Riffs: 11:07:08: Patrol Magazine’s Commentary on The Family Research Council’s Scare Tactics

It seems that politics and the culture war have dominated posting here at IM recently, which is understandable given recent events. I was ready to go back to talking about something more related to the broader interests of this blog, when I ran across this piece at Patrol Magazine.

By the way, if you aren’t a reader of Patrol, you’re missing out on a great magazine that’s evolving into something special right in front of your eyes. Don’t miss anything going on there.

Patrol editor David Sessions brings to our attention a recent letter from the “Family Research Council,” the political arm of what was once a Christian ministry giving advice to parents and families, It was called Focus on the Family. Maybe you remember it. They used to do some good work until fear of homosexuals drove them over the cliff with most of their constituency in the car.

This letter is an example of propaganda and terror tactics, plain and simple. Yes, evangelicals, despite our constant self-hypnosis that we are really good, moral people with the best of intentions, we can be low-down as any other politically greedy lobby.

The FRC wants to scare its constituency into unquestioning support of its political agenda. If you think they are “informing” people or sharing “research,” you must have been recently abducted by a UFO. The nightmare scenario described in FRC’s recent letter rivals anything that you’ll find in the museum of propaganda, and it reveals something that a lot of us are feeling, but have been reluctant to admit.

I’m tired of being manipulated by these bottom feeders. I’m tired of my values and loyalties as a Christian being used against me by arm-twisting political goon squads like the FRC. I’m tired of my opposition to abortion and gay marriage being used as a way to sign me up for something that’s a universe away from what I believe the Bible calls Christians to be or to do. I’m tired of organizations like FRC treating the church as a cow to be milked, then put out to pasture.

FRC’s scary scenario is meant to move an already uncertain constituency of politically conservative evangelicals into full “persecution” mode, with the eager expectation that everyone who isn’t in the bunker with us is our sworn enemy, out to destroy our families and freedoms. It’s “imagine how bad it could be if you don’t support us.” If this isn’t the last refuge of a scoundrel, I don’t know what is.

FRC is playing on the fact that feelings about family are primal and deep. They are beyond rationality in many instances. We will defend our children at all costs. By villianizing the political opposition into murderers, child molestors and abusers determined to destroy our children, all restraint on what can be said and done politically is removed.

If you voted for Obama (I didn’t) or you support him as President (I certainly do), the FRC wants you to be immediately under suspicion. The glaring disapproval and hostile commentary many of us have already experienced from Christian friends and church members is generated because the FRC and their propaganda generating cousins want to turn the fears of Christians into political and financial capital. Lies and fear-mongering exaggeration are acceptable tactics. After all, the FRC would say, isn’t this just what our enemies say about us? Don’t they say scary lies about what will happen if Christians take over?

Exactly.

Don’t count on the FRC or their buddies to explain the overwhelming roll call of abject failures of conservative evangelicals in office for the past two decades. Don’t wait for them to admit their agenda has been a complete disaster at every level. Don’t look for the FRC to comment on the fact that millions of evangelicals and Catholics don’t support FOTF or FRC on social/political strategy or to suggest that their version of conservatism may have been mortally wounded and decisively rejected.

No, expect the FRC to pull the three alarm fire bell and then to set a few fires just to get things started. Expect the FRC to reduce Christianity to whatever they are for and against. And expect the FRC to skip the complex questions in favor of simplistic slogans and emotional manipulation. Unfortunately, expect millions of Christians to continue buying this approach, and to become more and more useless to any kind of reasonable engagement with the culture.

The FRC shows me why evangelicals are often accused of being second and third rate minds easily led and manipulated, preferring a crowd with torches and pitchforks to a cautious, reasonable discussion and action, With push-button issues like abortion and gay marriage to use in motivating the folks, the FRC can keep evangelicals in battle mode- and keep the checks coming- for years. While other Christians with our same values will be serious in reflection and expression, we will be printing t-shirts and building scaffolds.

I’ve already heard students, adults and preachers repeating these scenarios. I wonder where it all started? I heard of “assassination chatter” from one young person this week. I wonder where that student gets the foundation for that kind of hatred?

The FRC reminds me of the differences in the French and American Revolutions. One was a bloody reign of terror. The other was a war where inferior forces with superior knowledge and courage won because, among other things, the average person had a steady grip on what was right, and never believed the ends justified the means.

The evangelicals at the FRC believe the ends justify the means, and worse, they believe they, personally, have the right to determine both.

Comments

  1. I tell anyone who tries to recruit me that I am a conscientious objector when it comes to the culture war.

  2. I hear TBN is going to have a Christian version of “Scare Tactics” based on this letter. (just kidding… I hope)

  3. So are there Evangelicals who actually believe that Obama will do all this stuff, or do they recognize that the FRC is just exaggerating for effect? And does propaganda like this cross the line on lying, or is it okay because Obama is a ‘liberal’? And if anyone actual believes this letter send ’em my way I am friends with a Nigerian prince with a great deal on some land in Florida:)

  4. Headless Unicorn Guy says:

    It was called Focus on the Family. Maybe you remember it.

    Yes, I remember FotF from when I was listening to Christian AM radio in the late Seventies/early Eighties.

    They used to do some good work until fear of homosexuals drove them over the cliff with most of their constituency in the car.

    Man, IMonk, THAT’S A GOOD LINE.

    As an SF litfan for 30+ years (who’s now trying to write the stuff), I am very familiar with the Dystopian sub-genre which came to dominate a lot of SF after 1968, trading in the previous Bright Futures for Dark Futures.

    I read the “Letter from 2012”. As dystopian fiction, it is incredibly lame; even by the standards of the “But I Send This Back In Time To You As A Warning” didactic dystopian sub-genre. Looks like when dystopias became prominent in SF, Christians followed suit into Persecution Dystopia after Persecution Dystopia. (A VERY popular theme in Christian attempts at SF; The Great Tribulation of the Christian Apocalyptic genre is just the Ultimate Persecution Dystopia.)

    This one reminds me of the “I Send This Back In Time To You As A Warning” Persecution Dystopias I read in Christian magazines shortly after the Jonestown Massacre. Those could all be summarized as “One World Government (TM) brands Bible-believing Christians (TM) as ‘Cultists’ (TM) and Stamps Them Out in a Second Holocaust (TM)”, Persecution Dystopia Type 666-B without the outboard motor.

    And expect the FRC to skip the complex questions in favor of simplistic slogans and emotional manipulation.

    “Effective propaganda consists of simplification and repetition.”
    — Reichminister Josef Goebbels

    And a LOT of Christians must have learned their “witnessing” from Reichminister Goebbels.

  5. I guess FRC is trying to strike while the iron is hot. Donations will likely increase significantly should they successfully impress these fears within their constituents. It’s sad, but it is what it is in politics these days – even among so-called Christian organizations.

    Brad

  6. Ugh. I guess that’s what I get for not finishing the article before commenting:

    “The FRC shows me why evangelicals are often accused of being second and third rate minds easily led and manipulated, preferring a crowd with torches and pitchforks to a cautious, reasonable discussion and action, With push-button issues like abortion and gay marriage to use in motivating the folks, the FRC can keep evangelicals in battle mode- and keep the checks coming- for years.”

    Amen.

  7. that letter, is, quite simply, disgusting and manipulative.
    (not to mention, badly written)

    how something can be so funny and make you want to vomit at the same time isn’t something I’ve yet figured out.

    perhaps the authors should take a vacation overseas and find out what it really means to be robbed of all your ‘rights’

    and lastly, even were everything to come true (don’t hold your breath) I seem to remember quite a few verses in the Bible about fearing God and not man.

  8. Thanks for the post iMonk. Some of my peers are a downright embarrassment to our faith … too much in their safety zone .
    Maybe for some folks the FOTF kool-aide is more appealing than the gospel.

  9. O.K…read the FRC letter…and my righteous indignation is STIRRED UP!

    Fear of abortion laws, homosexuality, public schools, Democrats, and all those other things evangelicals scream about, CAN BE FIXED BY EACH AND EVERY EVANGELICAL WHO IS WILLING TO TURN HIS OR HER HEART AND MIND TOWARDS GODLY FAITH RATHER THAN SATANIC FEAR!!! FEAR IS NOT OF GOD!!!! .
    WOW!! Liberal? Liberal? Sick of hearing it!

    BOTTOM LINE: WHERE IS FAITH? WHERE IS TRUSTING IN GOD? WHERE IS TEACHING YOUR CHILDREN THE VALUES OF HOLY SCHRIPTURE? WHERE IS LIVING THE VALUES OF HOLINESS BEFORE THEM. I TAUGHT MY CHILDREN THAT THEY WERE ALLOWED NO ‘CRUTCHES.’ THEIR CHOICES WERE THEIR CHOICES….THEY COULD BLAME NO ONE ELSE!

    MY FAVORITE PHRASE I USED OFTEN WITH THEM IS, “If you cannot sit in a desk in your public school classroom next to a fellow student who is totally debase…or work alongside a coworker who is totally debase..without compromising your own value system….THEN YOU HAVE NO VALUE SYSTEM!

    Evangelicals…it is time to look in the mirror…judgement begins at the house of God.

    Bottom line….Fellow evangelicals..good and evil is always present with us…we just choose which we will enjoy. Like Paul, ‘if I had hope of this life only, I’d be most miserable.”

  10. Then, of course, we have Dutch Sheets (Check out his website) a pastor in Colorado Springs–what a coincidence! He says without hesitation that God didn’t want what happened with the election to have happened and then proceeds to deliver blame as to why.

  11. Having read the Letter from 2012, I have just one “brief” commentary.

    So the good ole Boy Scouts had to be disbanded because the Supreme Court forced them to accept homosexual scout-leaders in 2009? Interesting.

    Here is where the farce-factor kicks in. My dad was a scout leader and he got me involved with scouting in a major way at a young age.

    When I was about 12, Dad retired from scouting. The new scout leader, Chuck (about 35 years old), a devoted Methodist man with a pretty, young wife (female of course) introduced our troop to camping, hiking, climbing . . . and, did I mention, to pornography, ….[Moderator edited], alcohol, pot, faking credit for merit badges etc. That was as worst as it got for my group.

    Then in the years after I moved on, the next—so-called—heterosexual scout leader apparently was having sex WITH the 12 year-old boys! (Glad I missed out on that one.) My troop (252) made national news over that and was disbanded.

    Ironically, when I was home visiting my dear mother in Oct (the Osteenized mother)I noticed that for the first time in 30 years the old troop is being re-organized Harry, one of my scouting peers is the new leader. I hope it leaves a better legacy this time around.

    So my point is, why don’t they shut down the Boy Scouts now if they are so afraid evil? They let heterosexual, Evangelical men, lead their troops . . .but some of them have a dark-side, such as being pedophiles. Dennis Rader ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Rader ), the BTK killer, was one of the most evil men America has known. He was also a “good Lutheran” and a Cub Scott leader (he probably read Focus on the Family Magazine). But I guess ole Dennis made the cut because, for Heaven’s sake, at least he was a heterosexual!

    This fits back in with the long discussion about the cultural wars (which I haven’t had time to read). When I was an Evangelical, it really gave me the warm and fuzzies to know that I was in the good-guy army, and the rest were those nasty, non-believing people. I had a really short-sighted view of the Fall of Adam and the righteousness of Christ. There are really no good guys and bad guys, which can be well-demarcated by simple labels. However, the myth can certainly make you feel good!

  12. Carolyn, yes! yes! My children go to large public universities, and I am constantly getting questioned about it. “Aren’t you afraid of the influences? Do you know what goes on at those places?” I, too, have always taught my kids that only one person controls their behavior and that is them; not the culture, not their friends, not the media.
    The right wing Christians’ reactions to this election has frightened me more than anything in years. I do not tell many friends or co-workers that I support the new president for fear of the repurcussions. I have heard everything from that Obama is Satan himself, that only someone who is completely godless would vote for any Democrat, to the notion (in all seriousness) that the military should choose the president because that system would be better. I voted mostly Democratic for the first time in my life (& I’ve voted since the mid-70’s) mainly as a backlash to the fear-mongering, self-righteousness of the religious right. I recently began working at a Christian institution and I am already starting to search for something in the secular world. It’s too depressing and frightening to work with these people who seem to think this election killed God and they, alone, are left to tell the tale.

  13. IMONK: As a Christian who happens to be a registered Democrat and who has gone through months and years of literal persecution by way of religious literature, pulpit sermons, and especially by the ‘religious right,’ I over reacted to ‘more of the same’ from the FRC letter. THEN…THEN..I read the Bob post. You expressed so beautifully the same things I attempted to express…so sharply. Sorry ’bout’ that. Ever so often, I get frustrated at the deliberate rhetoric put forward for the purpose of casting the Democrats as godless..and the Republicans as righteous. It is so unfair, so false, and so deceitfully intended to convince the electorate that the Republican party is salvation. Even in politics..the truth is hoped for.

  14. Like Pastor M, I thought of the Dutch Sheets letter when I read this. Supposedly we have some God-given destiny as Americans and it is thwarted when Evangelicals don’t get their way in politics. Never mind the rest of the world.. suffering, poverty, disease. Now is the time to throw religious temper tantrums because God didn’t wield his meddling hand and throw things our way. Man.. they must be mad at THAT Guy! How dare He give people the free will to disagree with us?

    (Sorry for the cynicism.)

  15. so did they bother to write a parallel letter from a christian in 2012 who lived through a mccain presidency?

    i wonder what christians in the early church, who suffered extreme persecution under the roman empire, would think about this type of letter and say to us.

    perhaps it would all do us well to go and read the book of revelation. read it not looking for prophecies that may be fulfilled under obama’s presidency but the hope that lies in knowing that Jesus Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father ruling over all despite all the chaos and rebellion there is in the world, and rest in the fact that “He will come again to judge the living and the dead and His kingdom will have no end.” this was the message saint john gave to the first century church and his words still hold true.

  16. Honestly, the more I hear about the FRC and Focus on the Family (it’s one of those programs that’s on the local Christian community radio channel here in my hometown of Brisbane, QLD Australia), the more I am turned off by how the FRC and other similar groups are starting to make inroads into the Australian political and social system as well. Then again, it doesn’t help when most of the Christian bookstores here pretty much follow what the big US chains promote and stock.

    Somehow, I’m finding the lampooning of conservatives in the US by Stephen Colbert on “The Colbert Report” is beginning to ring truer and truer going by what I’m reading here on your blog Michael.

  17. Oy vey, I just finished ranting about this letter on my blog.

    The upshot, for those who don’t care to follow the link, is that Dobson is taking the Lord’s name in vain by pushing a conservative agenda and disguising it as concerns Christians should have. What does Jesus have to do with gun rights, unions, taxes, big government, conservative radio, or carbon emission standards? And since he’s disguising his agenda as Christianity, he’s ultimately following a false god.

    If the election results are making you hysterical or hopeless, wondering, “Where was God in all this?”—if you lost God, then you weren’t really following Him.

  18. One technical tidbit, but this letter is from “Focus on the Family Action,” which is the lobbying/political action wing of FOTF. I think FRC is completely a different thing, other than the fact that they obviously work together a lot.

    Anyway, this letter vaults Focus into a new, disturbing territory. They’ve finally reached AFA levels of fear-mongering. This is really too bad, since Focus still does a lot of good Family Focused things (and Adventures in Odyssey is still very well produced, acted, and written — a rarity in Evangelical fiction).

    I hope that the right-leaning Christians will remember the endless amounts of despair and rancor aimed at Bush — who was supposed to have bombed Iran and revoked the 22nd Amendment by now if you believe panicky proclamations in 2004 — and not respond in kind.

  19. I like Odyssey and their other radio theaters. I like Boundless most of the time. I appreciate many of Dobson’s books, especially the more pastoral and practical ones.

    But something is out of control at FOF/FRC. And it’s getting ugly.

  20. As a law student, I think over half of the legal predictions in that piece are accurate. Some of them, in my opinion, fail to capture the nuances in the ‘liberal’ judges’ thought, as Patrol pointed out, but it is hard to predict which part of a past precedent a future court will choose to emphasize, and any of these outcomes are not terribly unlikely.

    Further, while there is obviously some overheated rhetoric in the closing paragraph (“I don’t know how we’ll get through this persecution”), the rest of that paragraph, and the first page, seems to set the predictions in an appropriate context. That is, the writer takes pains to lay out what evidence there is for the predictions, and seems to avoid, for the most part, ascribing too much weight to political matters.

    For instance, “I still believe our salvation comes from no earthly government for there is no salvation outside of Jesus,” from the last page, or “Christians on both sides should continue respecting and cherishing one another’s friendship” on the first.

    In short, I don’t see anything in this piece to justify the kinds of statements you made, Michael. If it is reasonably accurate, it is not wrong to offer in the spirit of a plausible prediction, which is what the writer took pains to do on the first page.

    I am a libertarian on these matters, which is to say I don’t have a political dog in this fight. I’m not crazy about the status quo and I don’t like some of the scenarios predicted in that article. But as a Christian I am curious why you seem so quick to cast the President-elect’s motives in good terms and the writer of this letter’s motives in such ugly terms. It seems needlessly divisive.

    This is an honest question, by the way.

    Your brother,
    Andrew

  21. I’m as tired of these kinds of tactics too, Michael. And the ARC is not the only group involved.
    And…anyone who doesn’t think that Obama was God’s pick hasen’t read the Bible.

    Blessings,
    –Jerald

  22. Like Michael, I did not vote for Obama; unlike Michael I cannot say at this time that I support him. How can I support (or fight for that matter) a person who hasn’t done anything yet?

    The temptation is to say that I will give President Obama just as much support as the Democrats gave Bush for the last eight years (especially those yearly calendars of goof-ups, flubs, etc.). But that is beneath me as a Christian.

    Okay, I’ll look at the calendar..

    But the funny thing I get from reading that letter is that, hooh boy, Obama is going to accomplish more than the last three presidents put together! 16 pages of accomplishments (admittedly vile accomplishments according to FOTF, but accomplishments none the less).

    It is just unlikely. I don’t think I agree with the direction Obama will take this country, but as much as I respected the man as a man, I wasn’t too happy with Bush’s direction either. Nor was I impressed with John McCain.

    I think this will be a good thing in one way; the church can keep out of politics for awhile (after all, Right Wing guys–there is nothing in this administration you can do politically anyway) and concentrate on doing the work of the church–helping the poor, comforting the oppressed, defending the weak, discipling the flock, enriching ourselves in the Word, and proclaiming Jesus as Lord.

    That should be more than enough.

  23. Caine: Romans 13 uses a series of descriptions and commands that make it clear we have a mandate from God to honor him as instituted from God as his servant.

  24. I think this is semantics, but words are the medium of our art, so semantics is important. This one hinges on use of the word “support.” I take that as giving approval for what Obama does and working to make all that he wants to implement happen.

    I don’t think that was what Romans 13 was about. I can honor and give respect to our President; but that does not mean I have to support him and all that he does. As I told my wife today, I would fight all of the policies that Obama may enact that I feel will damage this country (thus I would not support him) but I would also jump in front of a bullet for him should that become necessary (I respect him as President and as a human being).

    Depends on what you mean by “support.”

    The historical context of Romans 13 was also an empire/dictatorship that already had once thrown out all the Christians from Rome due to battles over “chrestus” (Christ?). Paul’s letter had enough trouble trying to get the Jewish and Gentile Christians to get along. He didn’t need issues with the Roman officials as well. Another expulsion would probably cripple or destroy the fledgling church entirely.

    Our situation is not a dictatorship (despite the FOTF letter 😀 ) We are not likely to be expelled or even killed for internal religious arguments. Ours is a form of democracy where we make our voices heard, and if we disagree we work to get our views implemented. So I tread lightly on applying Romans 13 in this context. I do not automatically universalize it. Even the liberals in the 60’s said we had to balance Romans 13 with Revelation 13.

    But again, perhaps that is not what you mean by support.

  25. I assume the Roman Christians would disagree with almost everything Caesar would do, but they were commanded to honor and submit to him unless it were a matter of obeying man or God. IOWs they were to be good citizens.

    I have listened to Christians gleefully talk about assassinations all week. That’s not honoring the President.

  26. Sorry Michael. I know you wanted to avoid politics this weekend.

    Please note, I am not one of those who desire assassination. In fact, I said I would rather take the bullet instead.

    Let’s call it a draw.

  27. I wasn’t implying that you said or thought anything of the sort! I was just saying that I’ve heard disrespectful comments all week. I didn’t mean you. And I wasn’t trying to argue, just to respond.

    peace

    MS

  28. I know what you meant. I was more afraid of people who scan through the comments coming across yours and thinking that’s what I meant. You of all people know what its like to get misunderstood on a blog!

    And I appreciate your responses more than I can tell you. Frankly, I am still working on this issue, in terms of its historical context and then applying it to our present situation in terms of our current historical context, both in its similarities and differences. (As I wrestle with all of scripture in the same way.)

    Perhaps a post on Romans 13 would allow all of your readers to wrestle with this together? It certainly appears timely!!

  29. This is rivaling the hype around global warming!

  30. Jeremiah Lawson says:

    Given the emails I’m seeing circulating I’d say they even out.

  31. People trashing Obama are as misguided as all the liberals who so revile Bush. That said, honoring the President is a command, in the same sense Christians had to honor Caesar and Nero, both of whom were, err, problematic.

    Dobson is obviously overheated and distraught. I recall him on the radio after Clinton was first elected and it was the same. I think he was on the verge of tears then. But much of this letter to me still seems sane. The Boy Scouts, for example, could be an endangered species. And they have a noble pedigree. Just because there were or are rotten scoutmasters does not mean the organization’s stand against the gay lobby is wrong or should be shrugged off. As Christians we need to keep a certain perspective, sure, and maybe Dobson has gone overboard and lost his; as Americans, we also need to keep a certain perspective, and maybe his over-reaching should remind us of real issues at stake. Are we so burned by zealots or so determined to be liked at Starbucks that we can’t see the wisdom in his warnings as well as the hysteria? Reminds me of reacting to an older generation that might be emotionally overwrought but still instinctually correct.

    As for folks talking assassination, I think it very unfair to suggest such idiots are the fruit of FOF.

    My three cents.

  32. Just saw this:

    “I have listened to Christians gleefully talk about assassinations all week. That’s not honoring the President.”

    Yeow! Talk about helping out the Devil, regardless of intent. In this case, I understand your reaction to Dobson’s letter. Whatever circle these Christians inhabit, they and it need big-time help.

  33. Jeremiah Lawson says:

    Nothing on the first page by way of preface changes the fact that it’s a fictional letter from the future listing a whole series of things that “might” happen as things that DID happen. That’s why it comes across as finally paranoid and manipulative. Could all those things happen? Well, maybe, but the odds of ALL of those things hapepning is what makes the letter dishonest fear-mongering. It’s one thing to say you don’t agree with the direction things are going, it’s another thing to invent a scenarion in which the whole nation goes to hell because you don’t get what you want? Hasn’t the left and the anti-Bush crowd been doing that for eight years already? Weren’t conservative Christians doing that during Clinton’s presidency?

    What makes this sad is that it seems that at some point Dobson and his people were focusing on the family and focusing on positive contributions to families, not on attempting averting disasters that, should God appoint them, are inevitable. Wasn’t too thrilled with Obama and McCain’s time to have been helpful was probably eight years ago where the executive office goes. What galls me is that Christians who dismissed McCain as another flaming liberal eight years ago seemed determined that he had to be voted for to keep the other candidate from winning. Partisan loyalty can easily blind us to our own flip-flopping that is worse than that of candidates. Someone who says Hillary Clinton would be better for the US than John McCain couldn’t legitimately turn around say “I’m voting for Palin” and think he or she wasn’t really voting for McCain, who picked Palin. To borrow iMonk’s observation from an earlier topic, this smacks of a lack of integrity.

  34. Tom Huguenot says:

    “I have listened to Christians gleefully talk about assassinations all week. That’s not honoring the President.”

    You are kidding, aren’t you? Do not tell me you’ve really been around Christians talking about the murder of the President of the USA and rejoicing about it all week long? Tell me you have exagereted the facts…Please…

  35. Ky boy but not now says:

    Tom Huguenot
    ““I have listened to Christians gleefully talk about assassinations all week. That’s not honoring the President.””

    “You are kidding, aren’t you? Do not tell me you’ve really been around Christians talking about the murder of the President of the USA and rejoicing about it all week long? Tell me you have exagereted the facts…Please…”

    Not rejoicing but making all kinds of jokes and inappropriate comments. Or just before the election saying things like “Pray for a miracle that God will let folks know a good Christian vote will vote Republican.”

  36. Headless Unicorn Guy says:

    This weekend, I remembered something else about the Letter From 2012 (TM).

    Notice the themes (besides the standard Persecution Dystopia): ABORTION! ABORTION! ABORTION! HOMOSEXUALITY! HOMOSEXUALITY! HOMOSEXUALITY! ABORTION! HOMOSEXUALITY! ABORTION! HOMOSEXUALITY!

    (Aside — Sounds like an Obama speech: HOPE! CHANGE! HOPE! CHANGE! HOPECHANGE!)

    All FOTF needed was to add EVOLUTION! EVOLUTION! EVOLUTION! and they’d have the whole New Trinity right there.

    (Oh, yeah, and Bible-Believing Christians getting stomped on like Jews in Nazi Germany, and the Obamanation of Desolation standing in the Temple, and IT’S ALL YOUR FAULT because you didn’t vote straight-ticket Republican!)

  37. “It was called Focus on the Family. Maybe you remember it. They used to do some good work until fear of homosexuals drove them over the cliff with most of their constituency in the car.”

    LOL. That gave me a good chuckle. So much so that I set it as my Facebook status. ‘Hope you don’t mind.

  38. I don’t get the fear at all. There are many countries with MUCH more permissive/liberal views than the United States, even more so than the democratic party. These countries still have religious based schools, home schooling, freedom of assembly etc… I should know I lived in one for 27 years.

  39. Headless Unicorn Guy says:

    Phil Style:

    “There will come a time when men will go mad. And they will attack the sane among them, saying ‘You are not like us! You must be mad!'”
    — One of the Desert Fathers

  40. Thanks so much for posting my piece. But I thought I should clarify that it’s Focus on the Family who was responsible for the Letter from 2012, not the Family Research Council. Let jokes about it being all the same ensue, but at least the record is correct. 🙂

  41. James the Mad says:

    Funny thing – I didn’t vote this year. Because of the issues of abortion and gay rights I couldn’t vote for Obama, but given the Republican track record regarding the poor, and how they ignore the person on the streets in favor of big business, I couldn’t vote for McCain either. So I protested by not voting.

  42. I used to work for an FRC puppet organization just before an election. The way they twisted Scripture and encouraged us to twist Scripture was simply atrocious… I never looked back. Taking Christ’s words and talking about a “kingdom” on earth… and strongly implying that the RNC was a part of it. Implying that Christians weren’t doing their job unless they voted. Very sad.

    The FRC wanted to be in the door of every local church leading up to the election. I was part of the push to make that happen, and found myself being less interested in it as time went on. I just couldn’t justify what we were doing in my mind, especially in light of how they were justifying it.

  43. Headless Unicorn Guy says:

    And FOTF’s scare-tactic dystopian letter falls on fertile ground. There’s a group calling themselves “Joel’s Army” out there to Take Back America — “Apostolic Government” as preached by Agent Smith from The Matrix. Just like Iran’s Islamic Revolution, except CHRISTIAN (TM)!