Bush On The Bible: Where Are James Dobson And The Religious Right Now?
I ask my non-Christian friends to
bear with me on this column. As one will quickly see,
this column is addressed to my fellow Christian
Regular readers of this column know
that one of my chief frustrations is the way Christian
conservatives (otherwise known as the
so easily deceived by Republican politicians. The
all-time classic illustration of this foible is the way
the Religious Right was (and is) so
enamored with President George W. Bush. No matter
what Bush did: no matter how egregiously
unconstitutional, no matter how utterly stupid, no
matter how blatantly evil his actions were, Christian
conservatives (almost universally) either robotically
accepted and approved what he did, or blindly looked the
other way. It was maddening!
It was as if Christian
conservatives lost all ability to reason; it was as if
they lost all discernment and discretion. Because George
W. Bush claimed to be a Christian, and because he was a
Republican, he could do no wrong. To this very day, the
only group of people who yet approves of Bush`s
Presidency is the Religious Right. Everyone else on the
planet realizes that George W. Bush`s Presidency will go
down in history has one of the all-time worst.
George Bush took a prosperous and
robust economy, and led
verge of a second Great Depression. He has taken a
(relatively) free and independent republic to the brink
of becoming a globalist Police State. He has pushed the
envelope of executive power; he has trampled individual
liberty; he has made a mockery of justice; and he has
world. In addition, Bush has misused and abused our
nation`s bravest and finest by his illegal and
inexcusable invasion of
No matter. The Religious Right
still loves him. Why? Because he is a
Since 2000, James Dobson,
Pensacola Christian College (PCC), and their peers
around the country have had an eight-year lovefest with
George W. Bush. Life-size cardboard posters of Bush have
stood in their bookstores for eight long, laborious
years. Grade school children in their Christian schools
have been subjected to Bush propaganda for eight
tedious, tiresome years. To them, G.W. Bush ranks
somewhere between Moses and the Almighty. And nothing
Bush said or did seemed to matter.
I said all of that to call
attention to a recent interview [December
8, 2008] Cynthia McFadden had with President
Bush on ABC`s
Nightline this past Monday. During the interview,
McFadden asked Bush if the Bible was literally true.
Now, acceptance of the Bible`s
literalness is one of conservative Christianity`s most
sacred doctrines. There is not a professor at PCC (or
any other conservative Christian college or university)
that would keep his or her job for a nano-second, if he
or she even questioned the veracity of the Scriptures.
Right? You know it`s true! Most
conservative Christians would even go so far as to say
that one cannot be a born-again Christian who does not
believe that the Bible is the infallible Word of God.
Well, what was George Bush`s
response to McFadden`s question? He said,
Probably not. . . . No, I`m not a literalist."
Notice, Bush twice denied the veracity of the
Now, Bush has no reason to
"fudge" his answers, right? He has no more elections to face. No
more, "He`s got
to say this to get elected," which was the flippant
explanation given by the Religious Right to excuse
apostate positions during the past eight years.
So, George W. Bush clearly stated
that he does not believe the Bible is God`s Holy,
Will Dobson and PCC still say that
Bush is "one of
Then, as Bush attempted to give a
Christian testimony, he told McFadden,
"It is hard for
me to justify or prove the mystery of the Almighty in my
life. All I can just tell you is that I got back into
religion and I quit drinking shortly thereafter . . . ."
What kind of Christian testimony is
this: "I got back
into religion"? I doubt that this kind of testimony
would grant membership in the
Campus Church (which is not even a genuine New
Testament church, you understand) at PCC or in virtually
any conservative Christian church.
I am confident, however, that
Bush`s statements will do nothing to diminish his
god-like status with
James Dobson and the rest of the Religious Right in
years, Christian conservatives have been selling their
convictions, doctrines, and even their consciences to
George W. Bush.
I will even go so far as to say
that, in many respects, millions of Christians have
turned President Bush into an idol. Many of them would
forsake their pastor, their friends, and even their own
family before they would forsake George W. Bush and the
Of course, none of this would have
happened had Christians—and especially Christian
pastors—not lost touch with their American heritage. Had
they maintained a studied understanding of
constitutional government, and of the principles of
Natural Law upon which it rests, they would not have
become dupes for Bush and his fellow
I doubt very much whether Thomas
Jefferson was a born-again Christian (after all, he,
like Bush, expressed doubt regarding the Bible`s
literalness), but he fully understood—and embraced—the
"Laws of Nature and of Nature`s God" and was more than willing to
inculcate those principles into our country`s most
sacred document: our
Declaration of Independence. As such,
Founding Fathers and Presidents.
was far better off with Thomas Jefferson than with
George W. Bush!
So, where are Dobson and PCC now?
Will any of them utter a word of rebuke to their
President for his apostasy?
No, they won`t. (As a comparison,
contemporary pastors most certainly did rebuke
questioning Christ`s divinity, even though he was a
Founding Father and author of the Declaration of
Of course, Barack Obama will not
public repudiation of Dobson and Company. Why? He is
a Democrat. You see, it`s not principle; it`s partisan
politics that matters, after all.
While we are asking questions, when
will our fellow Christians and pastors finally open
their history books? When will they read the U.S.
Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of
Independence? And when will they open their minds and
hearts—even a crack—to the possibility that they might
have been duped, and that there is more to being elected
to the office of President besides being a
In four more years, there will
doubtless be another
Republican for the Religious Right to fawn over. Where
he or she stands on the Constitution won`t matter;
neither will it matter whether this newest
"Christian" Republican has any commitment to national sovereignty,
the Bill of Rights, or to fundamental freedoms.
All that will matter is that he or
she professes to be a Christian, and has an
And, quite frankly, this last
election proved that even a Christian profession is not
necessary. All that is required is the