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.
The greatest confrontation occurred a few years ago when I had been in Miami for a three-day conference. I returned to observe that Siggie had become boss of the house while I was gone. But I didn’t realize until later that evening just how strongly he felt about his new position as Captain.
At eleven o’clock that night, I told Siggie to go get into his bed, which is a permanent enclosure in the family room. For six years I had given him that order at the end of each day, and for six years Siggie had obeyed.
On this occasion, however, he refused to budge. You see, he was in the bathroom, seated comfortably on the furry lid of the toilet seat. That is his favorite spot in the house, because it allows him to bask in the warmth of a nearby electric heater…
When I told Sigmund to leave his warm seat and go to bed, he flattened his ears and slowly turned his head toward me. He deliberately braced himself by placing one paw on the edge of the furry lid, then hunched his shoulders, raised his lips to reveal the molars on both sides, and uttered his most threatening growl. That was Siggie’s way of saying. “Get lost!”
I had seen this defiant mood before, and knew there was only one way to deal with it. The ONLY way to make Siggie obey is to threaten him with destruction. Nothing else works. I turned and went to my closet and got a small belt to help me “reason” with Mr. Freud.
What developed next is impossible to describe. That tiny dog and I had the most vicious fight ever staged between man and beast. I fought him up one wall and down the other, with both of us scratching and clawing and growling and swinging the belt. I am embarrassed by the memory of the entire scene. Inch by inch I moved him toward the family room and his bed. As a final desperate maneuver, Siggie backed into the corner for one last snarling stand. I eventually got him to bed, only because I outweighed him 200 to 12! — The Strong Willed Child
And to think, perhaps he could have just picked the tiny dog and moved him to his bed. Nah! Much better to go get the belt and prove a point to Siggie. He’ll be damned if that 12 pound dog gets the better of him. And heck, if it works on Siggie, its good for your child too. Excellent reasoning, Mr. Dobson. Excellent!
For guys like James Dobson, if you don’t obey what he wants, you are an enemy of “God’s people”. Don’t believe me? Well, James Dobson called Senator Patrick Leahy an “enemy of God’s people”. Yup, because Senator Leahy has (thankfully) opposed many of Mr. Dobson’s ‘thought police’ measures, Dobson branded Senator Leahy an enemy of “God’s people”. I guess that means that Mr. Dobson believes that he is at the head of “God’s people”.
Is James Dobson an ideological extremist? I think so. What do you think?