James Dobson recently sent a letter to Focus on the Family members in CD-7 that toes the line of legality and, not surprisingly, crosses the line of absurdity. The legally questionable part comes from Dobson asking voters to “encourage” Rick O’Donnell in his positions on gay marriage and abortion and to “urge Ed Perlmutter to renounce” his positions on the issues. As a charitable organization, Focus is prohibited from engaging in political activity. However, Dobson did not technically endorse O’Donnell and surely his lawyers approved the message. The absurd (well, most absurd) part comes from Dobson insisting national gay-rights groups “even hired homosexual youth to work on (Perlmutter’s) behalf.”
Mike Littwin of the Rocky Mountain News writes:
Let’s be clear what we’re talking about. If Dobson has it right, Ed Perlmutter supporters have dispatched roving bands of homosexual youth to the 7th CD, working not only for Perlmutter but also for the right of homosexuals of all ages to do whatever it is that homosexuals in the 7th CD do.
Littwin suggests we laugh at “James ‘Chuckles’ Dobson” and his outrage over the possible employ of gay campaign workers. But, he writes:
“What is it exactly, you might ask, that one has to fear from roving bands of homosexual youth?”
Who knows what crazy answer Dobson would come up with for that, but really, Dobson shouldn’t be afraid of gay posses. At least not while he’s holed up at Fort Focus, protected by godly guards armed with an arsenal of weapons.
Here’s the letter in all it’s nutty glory:
An Important Message from Dr. James Dobson
Dear Colorado Friend,
I hope you’ll take a few moments to read this important and very timely update … and then forward it to friends, family and fellow church members.
In just a few days, Colorado voters will be going to the polls to elect new leaders, and I have reason to be both very concerned and very hopeful about where your candidates for U.S. House stand on the biggest moral issues of our day – life and marriage.
Let me be specific: The evidence clearly indicates that one of the candidates for our state’s 7th Congressional District seat–state Sen. Ed Perlmutter–is a die-hard supporter of abortion. In fact, he has made his pro-abortion position a centerpiece of his campaign.
But that’s not surprising, considering he garnered a nearly 100-percent rating from NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado during his years in the state Legislature. Now, as a candidate for the U.S. House, he proudly boasts of that pro-abortion record, declaring on his Web site that he will be a “strong voice” for pro-abortion policies.
And what about his stance on marriage? Unfortunately, Ed Perlmutter stands squarely with those who would overturn the natural order of marriage as between one man and one woman. Not only does he support “domestic partnerships” for homosexual couples, but he has gone a step further in openly supporting same-sex marriage.
As a result of these stands and his championing of homosexual causes in the Colorado Legislature, Sen. Perlmutter has become a favorite of gay-rights organizations around the country. They have given him significant financial support and have even hired homosexual youth to work on his behalf. The nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization, the Human Rights Campaign, has made Perlmutter’s campaign one of 23 targets for assistance from its Youth College.
Fortunately, the other 7th District candidate, Rick O’Donnell, has a very different track record, particularly on the sanctity of human life and marriage.
When it comes to life, there’s no guessing where he stands. Rick O’Donnell has emphatically and repeatedly stated his across-the-board commitment to pro-life policies on abortion. Equally important, Mr. O’Donnell’s commitment to defending marriage from redefinition is strong. He unequivocally supports the federal marriage-protection amendment that would keep liberal courts and radical gay activists from hijacking the institution of marriage.
With this information in mind, what can you do?
First, please contact both candidates and let them know how you feel about the sanctity of life and the protection of traditional marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Specifically, encourage Rick O’Donnell to continue his strong support for life and marriage. And please urge Ed Perlmutter to renounce his pro-abortion and pro-homosexual marriage positions.
Second, if you have friends, family or fellow church members who feel as you do and who may benefit from this information, please forward this e-mail to them.
Don’t let the abortion industry and advocates of homosexual marriage have their way in Colorado. Make your voice heard!
James C. Dobson, Ph.D.
Founder and Chairman