Creep of the Week: James Dobson

By | 2006-12-28T09:00:00-04:00 December 28th, 2006|Opinions|

The question of the hour is, to paraphrase a nursery rhyme, “Mary, Mary quite contrary, how does your baby grow?”
Or, if you’re James Dobson, it’s “Mary Mary, godless heathen, how dare your baby grow?”
For those of you too busy braving the malls, lighting the menorah or trimming the tree to keep up with America’s most popular Republican lesbian, Mary Cheney has announced that she’s with child. And the right-wing brigade is freaking out.
Focus on the Family head James “I’m the Moral Boss of You” Dobson wrote a Dec. 12 piece in Time magazine telling Cheney and her partner Heather Poe they had no business having a child and were destined to screw up their son, as that’s what he apparently assumes they’re having.
He then goes to on to claim “researchers have determined that boys are not born with an understanding of ‘maleness.’ They have to learn it, ideally from their fathers.” This explains why every boy raised by a single woman grows up to be a screaming queen.
“With all due respect to Cheney and her partner, Heather Poe,” writes Dobson who clearly feels no respect at all is due, “the majority of more than 30 years of social-science evidence indicates that children do best on every measure of well-being when raised by their married mother and father. That is not to say Cheney and Poe will not love their child. But love alone is not enough to guarantee healthy growth and development.”
Never mind the plethora of social science research that finds the kids of gay parents do just fine. What I want do know is what does “guarantee healthy growth and development”? Last time I checked there were no such guarantees made to parents regardless of their sexual orientation. Awful, heartbreaking things happen to the children of even the most hetero, Christ believing’ moms and dads.
“In raising these issues, Focus on the Family does not desire to harm or insult women such as Cheney and Poe,” writes a disingenuous Dobson. “Rather, our conviction is that birth and adoption are the purview of married heterosexual couples. Traditional marriage is God’s design for the family and is rooted in biblical truth.”
Or as Andrew Sullivan put it, “There you have the essence of Christianism: divine law translated directly into civil law.”
Dobson then tips his hat as to what he and every other right-winger with their nose pressed up against your bedroom window has next on his agenda after they’re done with the queers. “This is a lesson we should have learned from no-fault divorce. Because adults wanted to dissolve difficult marriages with fewer strings attached, reformers made it easier in the late 1960s to dissolve nuclear families.”
Now Dobson is seeking to dissolve – or at least punish and publicly ridicule – families he doesn’t personally approve of. All in the interest of those poor, innocent children, of course.

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