When the president told us that we are now in the midst of a struggle against ideological extremism (and no longer fighting a war on terrorism), he sure wasn't kidding. (See video here in .mov format) So far, here at The Bulldog Manifesto, we have 'struggled against' uber-extremists Ann Coulter, Pat Robertson, and the so-called Christian group named Christian Exodus. Today, the struggle continues.
In the spotlight today is Focus on the Family's James Dobson. Is he an ideological extremist? You decide.
Recently, James Dobson came under fire for his comparison of embryonic stem cell doctors to Nazi experimentation 'doctors'. In doing so, Mr. Dobson said:
"In World War II, the Nazis experimented on human beings in horrible ways in the concentration camps, and I imagine, if you wanted to take the time to read about it, there would have been some discoveries there that benefited mankind." — Media Matters
Interesting view, don't you think?
But what about the time Mr. Dobson accused the cartoon character SpongBob Squarepants of being a vehicle for "pro-gay propoganda". Specifically, Mr. Dobson accused this cartoon video (Requires Internet Explorer 6.0) of promoting homosexuality. After you watch the video (which is located half way down the link's webpage) do you think the video is even remotely suggestive of homosexuality?
Regarding homosexuality, Mr. Dobson believes that "Homosexuals are not monogamous. They want to destroy the institution of marriage. It will destroy marriage. It will destroy the Earth"(The Daily Oklahoman, Oct. 23rd, 2004. He also believes that homosexuality is a mental disorder, that same-sex couples are unfit parents, that homosexuality can be cured, and that gays and lesbians are “sick, ungodly” people who want “special rights.”
But not only is Mr. Dobson a self-procalimed expert on the ungodly nature of gay people, but he is also a self-proclaimed expert in child rearing. In fact, Mr. Dobson is a firm believer in hitting your child until the child cries.
"[P]ain is a marvelous purifier. . . It is not necessary to beat the child into submission; a little bit of pain goes a long way for a young child. However, the spanking should be of sufficient magnitude to cause the child to cry genuinely." — Dare to Discipline, pages 6-7
And where, might you ask, did Mr. Dobson confirm his belief that physical pain can be a good tool for teaching a child? From beating his dog, of course:
Please don't misunderstand me. Siggie is a member of our family and we love him dearly. And despite his anarchistic nature, I have finally taught him to obey a few simple commands. However, we had some classic battles before he reluctantly yielded to my authority.