Sunday Feelgood Post

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 victorioudobsons 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.


19 Responses to “Sunday Feelgood Post”

  1. 1 Christian Sunday, April 12, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    “but then we turned into the Nineties and the internet came along and a new president came along and all of that went away”

    “but God is in control”

    that’s a fail, James. By the way, has anyone heard whether or not jeebus saw his shadow today? Is there like 6 more weeks of lent, or something?

  2. 2 Torontonian Sunday, April 12, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Dobson’s been crucified during the last few years and
    FotF has not been able to resuurrect itself.
    For Dobson, there doesn’t seem to be a life everlasting.

    The Easter farewell only heightens the irony of
    real Christianity and Evangelicals.

  3. 3 J. A. Baker Sunday, April 12, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Hope you guys had a good Zombie Jeebus day. It warms my heart to know that Big Daddy James “Show your son your penis to keep him from getting t3h ghey” Dobson didn’t.

  4. 4 Phatbiker Sunday, April 12, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    “Awash in Evil” demented old wind-bag. Religious turds like him want us to think that society is going to hell, but it just fear mongering. We probably live in the most law abiding time in history (crime stats have declined over the last three decades) except for the bullshit caused by the idiotic “war on drugs”.
    So when was this golden time for Christianity, when everybody was well behaved, God fearing and went to church?
    Was it 100 years ago?
    When every town had a brothel!
    When every town had a saloon/gambling hall (Silverton had 20)!
    When you could buy opium, coke, morphine over the counter, no questions asked (10% of women where addicted to opium because it was recommended for menstrual pain).
    When it was acceptable (even encouraged) for a man to beat his wife and kids.
    When women and non-whites could not vote.
    When women died from abortions because of back ally quacks.
    When common labourers where little better than slaves.
    200 years ago there where slaves.
    300 years ago your life expectancy was about 45 years.

    So Dr. Dobson, Fuck off and keep fucking off, you will not be missed!!!

  5. 5 JJ Monday, April 13, 2009 at 6:23 am

    Christian 😆 I think he’s kind of saying “Fasten your seatbelts as we go through some turbulence, but God is my co-pilot and he’s gonna bring this baby in for a safe landing.” It is a FAIL, but I don’t think Daddy Dobson is willing to admit that yet.

  6. 6 JJ Monday, April 13, 2009 at 6:30 am

    Torontonian – Oddly enough, Dobson has gotten it from both sides lately. Younger evangelicals who still self-identify as part of the Christian Right are apparently losing interest in being political players, and trending more towards influencing society by teaching, evangelizing and good works(!). Which would be more in tune with the actual teachings of Jesus, who probably would have viewed most politicians as pharisees.

    In other words, it sounds like they’re becoming less opposed to a wall between church and state, which is fine with me.

  7. 7 JJ Monday, April 13, 2009 at 6:40 am

    JAB – Ugh, that’s creepy. That fight with his dog… bizarre! If his dog is snarling at him, it’s a spoiled out of control dog. I’ve owned 4 dogs, big ones (2 of them outweighed me), not little dustmops like “Siggie”, and they all knew enough not to try that routine on me.

    Don’t even get me started on the “How to keep your son from turning gay” chapter… 😡

  8. 8 JJ Monday, April 13, 2009 at 6:45 am

    phatbiker – When Dobson says “awash in evil” he’s generally talking about stuff most normal people don’t mind being awash in — freedom, diversity, etc. Bring it on.

    Dr. Dobson, Fuck off and keep fucking off


  9. 9 mouthyorange Monday, April 13, 2009 at 6:56 am

    Hey, I’m surprised that you read his dog this way. The dog’s reaction struck me very differently. I see his dog reacting the way many dogs do to someone who’s been repeatedly cruel toward them or toward the kids in the family. He takes the belt to his dog??? WTF??? Damn right the dog is going to get vicious with him. Dogs take a direct look as a challenge (as I’m sure you know.) All a guy who behaves the way this guy describes himself as behaving has to do is to look at a dog who he regularly abuses and that dog is doing to tell him off right away. “Don’t you come near me.” Unless it’s a submissive dog, in which case it would cringe. This dog doesn’t sound like it has a submissive nature, and thank god for that since it has to live with this creep. This guy by his own self-description sounds like somebody who shouldn’t have kids or dogs.

    There’s a big difference between a dog who’s been abused — the way this guy describes himself doing to his dog — and one that is indulged and, as you put it, out of control.

    JJ, anyone who treats a dog the way he described himself doing has destroyed his relationship with the animal. An abused animal has to fight back!

    I’ve had big, powerful dogs myself and I’ve had to show them clear limits so they could live with me and with human society. But that never crosses the line into abuse. I am appalled at what this man described he did to his dog.

  10. 10 JJ Monday, April 13, 2009 at 7:07 am


    I see his dog reacting the way many dogs do to someone who’s been repeatedly cruel toward them or toward the kids in the family

    Hmm, that’s a good point. I hadn’t thought of it that way. My dogs have always been pretty well-behaved by nature and by socialization, so I sometimes assume that bad behaviour is because the owner hasn’t socialized the dog properly, or maintained his/her position as Top Dog in the pack. (ie. little things like allowing a dog to stare at you while you eat, are a definite no-no: I would bare my teeth and growl if I caught one of my dogs watching me eat. And it works — they would slink away without me ever having to lay a hand on any of them.)

    But you’re right, the dog’s behaviour was likely caused by cruelty. If you follow the Kos links, there’s another story that talks about how when Dobson was a kid, he started a dog fight between a mild-mannered dog and a ferocious one, knowing that the nice one would get its ass kicked. That’s blatant animal cruelty, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he was mean to pet dogs later in life.

    Good point.

  11. 11 JJ Monday, April 13, 2009 at 7:10 am

    Oh, and just to add to the above post — regardless of the reason for the dog’s behaviour, taking a belt to it is just SICK. Sicksicksick, he’s a sick man.

  12. 12 mouthyorange Monday, April 13, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Yeah, see, I couldn’t have imagined you treating your dog abusively either. The sense of you as both kind and fair comes through your blog! And I’m not surprised that your dogs respect you. There’s a big difference between being firm or even tough with a dog and being cruel to it. BTW I did read the other story of Dobson starting that dog fight, and that helped me guess his own dog’s reaction to him.

    Sounds to me like your relationships with your Malemutes are the opposite of what Dobson’s relationship with his dog seems to be. Sounds like you are kind, clear, tough when necessary (but not cruel) and that you are effective. Sounds like he is out of touch, projects meaning onto the dog’s behaviour instead of reading it correctly and then punishes the dog for what he imagines it’s doing, and is ineffective with his dog from beginning to end. From the stories given about him, some of which he’s told, sounds like he has been ineffective his whole life. If so, then maybe much of what he’s doing in life is an attempt to compensate for that. Instead of facing it and looking for a real way to change it. But in order to do that someone who’s come from what he appears to have come from would have to start by criticizing what they came from. They’d have to stop holding it — and their parents’ behaviour — sacred and judging themselves by it and instead start judging it and offering compassion to themselves. The only way we’re going to liberate ourselves from the tyranny of abusive families is to stop holding the image of the family sacred and turn a critical eye onto it. And stop cleaving ourselves unto form altogether! Only then can healthy relationships and healthy families have a chance to emerge.

    Not that you, JJ, or anyone here needed to hear this! Maybe I was just due for a rant. Abuse of dogs can really get me started. But this guy sounds like a victim of abuse as well. Where’s it going to end?

  13. 13 J. A. Baker Monday, April 13, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Don’t even get me started on the “How to keep your son from turning gay” chapter

    Funny story: I was proofreading my earlier comment, and was tempted to render my editorial comment as “Big Daddy James ‘Show off your penis to your son to keep him from getting t3h ghey’ Dobson.” Then I got the idea that I’d keep the words “penis” and “son” in their original order, so that it’d read “Big Daddy James ‘Show off your son to your penis to keep him from getting t3h ghey’ Dobson.”

    After picking myself up off the floor, I decided against that, and went back to the original wording.

  14. 14 JJ Monday, April 13, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    orange – Dobson sounds like one of those people for whom a dog is as much a possession as a table, car (or wife). I think it helps to treat dogs like they’re all part of a pack that includes me as top doggie. They understand that kind of relationship and respect it.

    I’m actually pretty indulgent with them, I’ve always let them sleep on the bed with me or get up on the couch if they want and have total run of the house. There are just things that are important in the dog world in terms of establishing hierarchies (like food) and that’s where you lay down the law, so to speak.

    Not that my dogs have all been perfect angels — one of them stole a roast beef off the kitchen countertop one time. Since it was in his tummy by the time I discovered it was missing, what could I do? Take it as an expensive lesson that dogs are sneaky 😆 Speaking of ineffective punishment: someone like Dobson probably would have beat the crap out of the dog — meanwhile the dog wouldn’t understand why he was getting beaten since the meat was history and his little brain had long since moved on. A dog in that situation only knows he’s getting beaten, he doesn’t know why. If that kind of treatment is a pattern, a dog will most definitely develop a bad attitude, and this is probably the case with “Siggie”.

    Dobson named his dog after Sigmund Freud. What can I say.

  15. 15 JJ Monday, April 13, 2009 at 8:55 pm


    “Big Daddy James ‘Show off your son to your penis to keep him from getting t3h ghey’ Dobson.”

    😆 EEEEK!

  16. 16 J. A. Baker Monday, April 13, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Heh. I knew that’d get a chuckle out of you.

  17. 17 mouthyorange Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 2:44 am

    That’s a riot about the roast beef. Poor you. When I was a kid, our standard dachshund ate a three pound ham. My naive aunt, who’d been looking after us while our parents were away, had left it down low within his reach. He lay around afterward with his tummy bulging and moaned and groaned softly for awhile, but he was smiling.

    My dogs have the run of the house including beds and sofas, too. I wouldn’t have it any other way. And in my experience, it doesn’t make a damn bit of difference to their understanding that I am top doggie. The food arena is so much more important.

  18. 18 J. A. Baker Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Axis of Evil V.2.0: the Internets and Bill Clinton.

    Actually, considering the chronology, t3h Internets and Bill Clinton would be Axis of Evil V. 0.912. Jes’ sayin’.

  19. 19 Frank Frink Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    The Food Arena… you know that also works with cats as they are also social, hierarchical animals. Mine have always been conditioned to the concept that they aren’t fed until I’ve been fed. Let’s them know you’re top of the food chain.

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