Senator Barry Goldwater had a rather contentious relationship with the religious right. The senator from Arizona reflected the Republican Party’s “libertarian” wing, and feared the Republican party being turned into a kind of “religious organization.” When President Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra Day O’Connor to the Supreme Court, the Rev. Jerry Falwell went nuts. He questioned her commitment to the pro-life cause, and said that “every good Christian should be concerned.”
Senator Goldwater responded by saying “every good Christian should line up to kick Jerry Falwell’s ass.”
And today, I say that every good Christian should line up to kick Dr. James Dobson’s ***, and I request first place in line! Why, you ask? Well, Mr. Dobson is a social conservative, who has gone on record as saying that the G.O.P.’s ONLY solidly pro-life candidate “isn’t a Christian.”
In a recent article in Human Events, Bob Novak reports the following:
Thompson showed up at the annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington April 13 after Christian conservative James Dobson on March 28 said of Thompson: “I don’t think he’s a Christian.” Thompson is a member of the Church of Christ.
So Thompson is a member of the Church of Christ, eh? Well, I know that the name of a church only reveals so much… but with a name like “Church of Christ,” I’m guessing that the worshipers don’t pray to Allah or some pagan idol. Or maybe God told Dobson that Thompson wasn’t a Christian.
I’m a Christian, but apparently I wasn’t given Dobson’s gift of insight. Oh well.