Hot damn! did this ever turn my after-work frown upside-down.
In a farewell speech delivered to Focus on the Family staff, Daddy Dobson sounded despondent and dejected as he bemoaned the religious right’s lack of success, and a culture “awash in evil”. “EVIL!” he cried, further pontificating:
The battles that we fought in the Eighties now, we were victorious in many of those conflicts with the culture, trying to defend righteousness, trying to defend the unborn child, trying to preserve the dignity of the family and the definition of marriage. We fought all those battles and really it was a holding action. […]
[W]e made a lot of progress through the Eighties but then we turned into the Nineties and the internet came along and a new president came along and all of that went away and now we are absolutely awash in evil. And we are right now in the most discouraging period of that long conflict. Humanly speaking, we can say that we have lost all those battles, but God is in control and we are not going to give up now, right?
Axis of Evil V.2.0: the Internets and Bill Clinton.
It’s most interesting that Dobson thinks the world started becoming “awash in evil” with the advent of optimized communication and vast knowledge at our fingertips. It makes sense: what Dobson thinks of as “Good” has no hope of survival in that kind of environment — knowledge and communication are anathema to ignorance and bigotry.