Evangelical leader Dobson leaving radio show that elevated him to national prominence

  • Article by: ERIC GORSKI , Associated Press
  • Updated: October 30, 2009 - 3:27 PM
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chefhomierOct. 30, 09 3:52 PM

I don’t believe the Dobson’s are Christians. They have this fixation on a young, General George Washington. They sell a lot of books, pamphlets and posters featuring young General George Washington as our spiritual example. This is strange considering George Washington was a slave holder and an Egyptian occultist. Shirley Dobson appointed herself to lead the National Day of Prayer and sells all the promotional materials for it (yes, all feature a young General George Washington). I don’t think the Dobson’s are coming back down to earth anytime soon, so its probably better they drop out of things.

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adelphiaOct. 30, 09 4:04 PM

Dobson is at the center of the American Taliban: a theocratic bigot whose time has long past. He is a dinosaur in the age of mammals.

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theobserverOct. 30, 09 4:27 PM

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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grandmaofourOct. 30, 09 4:38 PM

The least a person can do when commenting to this or any other story is to back it up with facts and not unreliable emotions.

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cags777Oct. 30, 09 4:42 PM

As a pastor's kid, I am glad that God told Dobson to finally step down and rid himself of the thoughts of God siding with conservatives. Maybe it was that blizzard that helped Dobson finally "get it." Hoping most states along the Bible Belt also get the message; that way they'll experience fewer tornados.

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broneehoOct. 30, 09 4:44 PM

This is the kind of hyberbolic, hate-filled rhetoric that hurts civil discourse and frankly hurts our country. This type of over-the-top vitriol is wrong regardless of the target (President Obama, Dobson, Nancy Pelosi, etc.) But apparently the trend these days is to demonize and villify those with whom you disagree. As will probably happen to me in 3... 2... 1...

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berrymomOct. 30, 09 4:52 PM

I used to listen to Focus on the Family when my kids were little some 25 years ago, when Dobson promoted common sense in rearing of children. It was a Christian program then, but Dobson was not political like he is now. He was respected for being a psychologist with Christian values. But how many psychologists think the gay lifestyle is a choice, among other things. In my mind that made him more of a crackpot than a respected psychologist. Even Mike Trout, the original Focus announcer with Dobson has rejected his ideas. For too many years Focus has walked the line as a non-profit staying non-political, and Dobson probably couldn't walk that line anymore.

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vic333Oct. 30, 09 4:56 PM

The term "American Taliban: isn't meant as a random insult to demonize. It is instead intended to make comparisons of behavior and intent from one group to another. The Taliban is a conservative religious group that attempts to make everyone live by their moral code, Dobson has similar aspirations. Dobson doesn't resort to violence, thankfully, but he has resorted to distortion of facts to influence others. There are currently a number of researchers that are suing because of distortions of their publications by Dobson and FotF.

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brefokOct. 30, 09 5:02 PM

Would love for all those folks, especially women, who spout the "American Taliban" nonsense to go ahead and live in Afghanistan for a few years. Go ahead and see just how "tolerant" and accepting they are of all your liberal views and then get back to me...assuming the Afghan Taliban let you live that long.

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ivaro3Oct. 30, 09 5:03 PM

Both the left and the right make demons of each other, yes Bush, yes Obama, yes Dobson. But after reading Dobson's books over the years and some of the radio broadcasts, he had a particular reason for being "bothersome." He tried to come came across as a Grandpa type, and yet there seemed to be this underlying anger,(passive aggressive?) the same thing we saw in Robertson, Falwell, and the like. His theology was not profound and I therefore think he should have been careful in making pronouncements. Of course, he can say what he wants to, but to make himself out a spokesman of the Christian faith to me is arrogant. Like many people of certain ideologies, he was so certain and yet I doubt he ever reached out to others who might not agree. To me, that is dangerous from either the "left" or "right."

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