Dobson Offers Insight on 2008 Republican Hopefuls
"Everyone knows he's conservative and has come out strongly for the things that the pro-family movement stands for," Dobson said of (Fred) Thompson. "[But] I don't think he's a Christian; at least that's my impression," Dobson added, saying that such an impression would make it difficult for Thompson to connect with the Republican Party's conservative Christian base and win the GOP nomination... In a follow-up phone conversation, Focus on the Family spokesman Gary Schneeberger stood by Dobson's claim. He said that, while Dobson didn't believe Thompson to be a member of a non-Christian faith, Dobson nevertheless "has never known Thompson to be a committed Christian—someone who talks openly about his faith." "We use that word—Christian—to refer to people who are evangelical Christians," Schneeberger added. "Dr. Dobson wasn't expressing a personal opinion about his reaction to a Thompson candidacy; he was trying to 'read the tea leaves' about such a possibility."
Let's deconstruct the sheer lunacy of all this. First of all, James Dobson thinks he has some sort of special ability to figure out who is saved and who isn't. Second, he thinks that only evangelicals are Christians.
As a card-carrying member of the Religious Right, I hearby renounce James Dobson. Everything he said is not just unhelpful, it's just stupid. For the record though, I don't know that he is anything like the power figure the media would have you believe. They usually build up the reputation of people like him so they can talk about how their influence is weakening. Maybe the truth is that he was never as powerful as people gave him credit for. I could care less who James Dobson supports. Endorsements mean nothing to me, even from people I agree with.