Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Obama disappoints religious right repeatedly

This isn't new news, but I'm cleaning up loose ends since I promised to post these stories to the blog on the last show.

Dobson 'Disappointed' Obama Skipped Day of Prayer Ceremony

Evangelical author and radio host James Dobson said that he is "disappointed" that for the first time in nearly two decades there was no representative from the White House during the National Day of Prayer event.

"I have not asked to meet with the president and certainly he has not asked to meet with me, but I would just like this country to remember its foundation, to remember its heritage and honor it, especially on the day set aside by George Washington in the beginning for prayer in this country," he said. "And I would hope that that would have occurred."

The president has disappointed James Dobson. Folks, can I get an "Awwwww"?

It wouldn't be right to give Obama full marks for snubbing Dobson without noting that it came out later that Dobson didn't actually invite him to the event.

Only 'Pro-Life' White House Officials Invited to Prayer Day Event

Focus on the Family founder James Dobson scolded the White House for neglecting to send a representative to yesterday's National Day of Prayer event at the Capitol, but a source familiar with the situation said the Obama team didn't have much of a chance. That's because the event organizers stipulated that the White House representative had to be opposed to abortion rights, according to this source.

"The administration's representative had to be pro-life," says the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. "Nobody else was allowed to go."

Damn, now Obama has an excuse. I would have preferred it if he had just come out and said "James Dobson can kiss my ass."

But in other happy news,

Obama budget cuts funds for abstinence-only sex education

President Obama's new budget would eliminate most money for abstinence-only sex education and shift it to teen pregnancy prevention — a U-turn in what has been more than a decade of sex education policy in the USA.

The proposed budget, sent to Congress last Thursday, "reflects the research," says Melody Barnes, director of the team that coordinates White House domestic policy.

Since we all know by now that abstinence-only education simply doesn't work, this appears to be another nice step on the road to moving us back towards being a reality-based country.


  1. Definitely encouraging signs; at least steps in the right direction as far as how these groups SHOULD be treated.

    Did you catch that Dobson's "will you be praying on the day of prayer?" poll was Pharyngulized until it was 98% "no"? Great day.

  2. Don't worry, religious right. I have something to make it alllll better.

  3. Why the hell does Dobbs act like a 16 year old girl.


    "Um sir didn't you not invite him specifically"


  4. Actually, there's a simpler (and more serious) comment that needs to be made: by what right does a private organization holding an event in a Government building get to determine which Government officials can participate?

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  6. Obama budget cuts funds for abstinence-only sex education

    Oh, Hallelujah! Now this could almost get me to believe!

    As for Dobson - he's just slipping deeper and deeper into senescence, isn't he? It seems to be happening to a number of them. Their rate of decline is accelerating. Perhaps a reaction to the collapse of their movement?

    Sounds an awful lot like his Calvinist god, thought, doesn't it? "I command you to obey, even thought I've made it impossible for you to do so, and I have the right to hold you accountable for your disobedience."

    Of course, this is also the same piece of dung who beat his dachshund with a belt for having the gall to disobey him by sleeping next to the space heater. I'm surprised he didn't cast the poor little thing into a lake of fire.

    They're all psychotic. DON'T let them vote, DON'T let them hold public office, and for the sake of all of humanity, DON'T let them anywhere near children.


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