Yes, he no longer runs Focus on the Family. Yes, his views shouldn’t really matter anymore. To millions of (mostly older) evangelical Christians, though, James Dobson is still as influential as ever.
And this is how he uses his pulpit: To tell the world that the shootings in Newtown occurred because we allow abortion and gay marriage to take place in America, basically shoving our collective middle finger in God’s face.
Our country really does seem in complete disarray. I’m not talking politically, I’m not talking about the result of the November sixth election; I am saying that something has gone wrong in America and that we have turned our back on God.
I mean millions of people have decided that God doesn’t exist, or he’s irrelevant to me and we have killed fifty-four million babies and the institution of marriage is right on the verge of a complete redefinition. Believe me, that is going to have consequences too.
And a lot of these things are happening around us, and somebody is going to get mad at me for saying what I am about to say right now, but I am going to give you my honest opinion: I think we have turned our back on the Scripture and on God Almighty and I think he has allowed judgment to fall upon us. I think that’s what’s going on.
That’s a version of Christianity even younger Christians are turning away from: The notion that God is so upset about women controlling their own bodies and gay couples getting the same rights as straight people that he takes his vengeance out on a group of innocent children and their teachers.
Even if that God existed, He wouldn’t be one worth worshipping.
Dobson has done us all a service by making evangelical Christianity so unpalatable to decent human beings that they want little to do with it. In the process, he’s also made himself irrelevant to the next generation of Christians. They don’t see him as a leader. They see him as an asshole, and rightly so.
Still, I wish more Christians would speak out against people like him. They can do it in their own language if they want. It’s basically shooting fish in a barrel at this point, but every little blog post and tweet condemning people like Dobson, Huckabee, Robertson (if and when he gets around to saying something idiotic about the massacre), and their ilk helps.