Dobson and Abramoff Sittin' in a Tree...
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Fri Feb 10, 2006 at 09:08:08 PM EST
Focus on the Family Vice President Tom Minnery wasn't very happy about my piece on James Dobson and the Christian right's ties to Jack Abramoff, "Abramoff's Evangelical Soldiers." Of course, he can't -- and doesn't -- dispute one single fact in the article. The Nation received this today:
February 9, 2006
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>> Karen Rothmyer
>> Managing Editor
>> The Nation
>> Via E-Mail:
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>> To the Editor,
>>
>> Dr. James C. Dobson is hardly a close ally of disgraced lobbyist  
>> Jack Abramoff, despite the insinuations Max Blumenthal lays on  
>> Nation readers ["Abramoff's Evangelical Soldiers," Feb. 22].  
>> Abramoff's personal e-mails have led some people to believe that  
>> Dobson helped him defeat a tribal casino in Louisiana, but it's an  
>> empty boast--like a rooster taking credit for the sunrise. Dobson  
>> didn't do anyone's bidding.
>>
>> The fact is that gambling has been mentioned as a destructive  
>> force to families roughly 200 times on Focus on the Family radio  
>> broadcasts during the organization's 29-year history. So when we  
>> took action against Louisiana gambling expansion in 2002, it was a  
>> continuation of a long-established pattern. We used our own money,  
>> and Dobson had no contact with Abramoff and no knowledge of his  
>> activities.
>>
>> Focus on the Family is getting mentioned in the sad Abramoff story  
>> only because we quite coincidentally fought the same casino at the  
>> same time. Dobson needs no one's pressure to oppose gambling in  
>> all its forms, because he's motivated by only one thing: the  
>> desire to safeguard families from the crime, bankruptcy,  
>> corruption and divorce that proliferates whenever a casino comes  
>> to town. We did it because gambling destroys families. Why, or  
>> how, Jack Abramoff did it is a story we have no connection to.
>>
>>
>> Tom Minnery
>> Senior Vice President
>> Government and Public Policy Division
>> Focus on the Family
>> 8695 Explorer Dr.
>> Colorado Springs, CO 80920
>> 719-531-3400
>>
>> 217 Words



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If James Dobson is concerned with gettting the facts straight he'd do better refuting the details - of Max's story - himself.

by Bruce Wilson on Sat Feb 11, 2006 at 02:33:39 AM EST

A quick read of your article (I don't have time to thumb through all of it right now) seems to me to be fair and not assumptive. You said:

Whether they knew it or not, these Christian soldiers' crusade to protect families in the "Sportsmen's Paradise" from the side effects of chronic slot-pulling and dice-rolling was funded by the gambling industry and planned by the lobbyist known even to his friends as "Casino Jack."

The only Christian-right activist confirmed to be completely aware of Abramoff's rip-off was Ralph Reed.

Well, then, what exactly are they bitching about? You more link Abramoff to Reed, though you do mention that "Dobson, for his part, got to demonstrate his grassroots muscle to the Bush White House, raising his visibility to Karl Rove & Co. and helping him increase his influence over its social agenda as the presidential election approached."

Uh...what part of this whole thing is disputable, exactly?

Sounds like someone is getting overly defensive here...

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by lynne on Sat Feb 11, 2006 at 11:03:19 AM EST


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