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I do want to start with the disclaimer that there is a LOT in here about the rise of feminism and such in the 60's and 70's, something that I realized I know not that much about. I'm open to all corrections and expansions on my history.
I actually have no idea if this is precisely true. I know that Dobson started a political branch of Focus practically as soon as he started the organization. I think it COULD be at least close to true.
"The reason Dobson attempts to influence and monitor public policy is because he believes the foundations of the family are being systematically destroyed."
I laugh every time they say one of these OTT things but it is also so familiar. I remember hearing this rhetoric all of the time. And keep it in mind, y'all. There's no middle ground here. They aren't looking to compromise. They see this as a war to win.
Because of me and others like me, we are assured that marriage is and has been under attack for 20 years.
HE WROTE THIS SHIT WITH A STRAIGHT FACE.
I mean, I assume. Maybe he was laughing the whole time, idk.
I need to pause and note that Dobson was coming of age during the Civil Rights Movement.
Regardless he assures us that after some wins the "REAL agenda of the feminists then came into focus. They wanted the whole pie!"
"Every vestige of the Judeo-Christian ethic was assaulted during that era, despite its long history as the culture's central repository of values."
Again. Let's not forget. Judeo-Christian means white. It just does.
It is sometimes hard for me to explain to people that, while there were things about evangelicals voting for Trump that did shock me, there's a lot that doesn't.
Listen to the language there. The ethic was under assault, even though WE HAVE BEEN THE MOST IMPORTANT THIS WHOLE TIME. How dare you?
"Let me ask you, the reader, a delicate question about this period in Western history. Where were you when the Christian concept of marital fidelity, lifelong love, commitment to the welfare of children...
I've actually never seen him take THIS direct of a guilting approach before, I think it's interesting.
Meanwhile the United Presbytarian Church was considering some kind of 'sliding scale' morality on sex, which made me laugh. I would very much like to see the scale.
So they come and for a week they throw this orgasmic experience for themselves where they all decide on the same thing and the press is obsessed with them and lapping it up and everything seems completely lost.
It truly never ceases to amaze me how evangelicals can see themselves as David in that story
Fun fact that did not come up in this book! ACROSS TOWN THERE WAS ANOTHER CONFERENCE! Phyllis Schlafly, that sly bitch, was running a "counter conference."
Oh, sorry, no. That's obviously untrue. Her conference netted about 15,000 people. Biggest fucking David I've ever seen.
IMAGINE THEIR SHOCK when the audience flooded the White House with letters. 80,000 letters in a few days, which alarmed the staff. And no shit! It should alarm you. This cult leader has thousands of followers and they're mad.
I... huh. Well. CLOSE to throwing things?
So he claims that that night he made up his mind that he would be active in Washington, that he would figure it out because no one was there.
He started Family Research Council in 83, so some version of this could be true.
He claims then he came back to his hotel and he and 8 other Christian men got on their knees (insert raised eyebrows here) and spent the whole night discussing what would BECOME the FRC.
He assures us that they are different from everyone else because they don't care about power in DC, they ONLY care about making people's lives better. lol Sure.
Yet Congress continues to pour millions of dollars into organizations that despise our heritage, such as Planned Parenthood and the homosexual movement (apparently we are an organization, y'all, we should suit up). It grants nothing to FotF...
There's some brief closing words from a friend of Dobson's about how he's disturbed by the "disintegration of our value system" and then the chapter ends.