Dobson Lists Divorce Risk Factors, Doesn't Mention Gay Marriage
James Dobson, head of the powerful Christian evangelical outreach group, nonprofit 501c(3) Focus on The Family
, has built a career and empire based on his self assigned role as defender of "the family" and as an advisor on family, marriage, and child rearing.
Dobson has also made dire claims about the alleged threat of same sex marriage and feels so strongly that he advocates the passage of a Federal Marriage Amendment against same sex marriage and has created a lobbying group ( Focus On The family Action ) to fight against same sex marriage. But Mr. Dobson, in a Wednesday Indiana newspaper advice column, failed to include the alleged threat of "gay marriage" in a list of divorce risk factors.
Here are Dobson's claims about the threat of "gay marriage":
Dr. Dobson's Newsletter: April, 2004
In Defending Marriage Take the Offensive !
I write to you today with a profound sense of concern and apprehension for the welfare of the family, and indeed, for the future of our nation. I do not recall a time since the beginnings of Focus on the Family, 27 years ago, when the institution of marriage faced such peril, or when the forces arrayed against it were more formidable or determined. Barring a miracle, the family as it has been known for more than five millennia will crumble, presaging the fall of Western civilization itself. This is a time for concerted prayer, divine wisdom and greater courage than we have ever been called upon to exercise.
For more than 40 years, the homosexual activist movement has sought to implement a master plan that has had as its centerpiece the utter destruction of the family
"Homosexuals are not monogamous. They want to destroy the institution of marriage. It [ same-sex marriage ] will destroy marriage. It will destroy the Earth." - James Dobson, Focus on the Family, October 2004 speaking at a rally for OK GOP Senate candidate Tom Coburn
Here are the divorce-risk factors Dr. Jmaes Dobson lists, in an advice column that ran May 17, 2006, in the "Carrol County Comet" of Delphi, Indiana, in response to the question "Would you identify some of the major "marriage killers" that are most responsible for the high divorce rate that plagues today's families?" :
- OVERCOMMITMENT AND PHYSICAL EXHAUSTION
- EXCESSIVE CREDIT AND CONFLICT OVER HOW MONEY WILL BE SPENT.
- UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS WITH IN-LAWS
- UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS
- SPACE INVADERS [ Jealousy and poor self concept ]
- SEXUAL FRUSTRATION AND ITS PARTNER, THE GREENER GRASS OF INFIDELITY
- BUSINESS COLLAPSE
- BUSINESS SUCCESS
- GETTING MARRIED TOO YOUNG
- ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE
- PORNOGRAPHY, GAMBLING AND OTHER ADDICTIONS
Conspicuously absent from Dobson's divorce-risk list was the alleged threat of "gay marriage".