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Bush Meets with James Dobson (?!?) on Iran

Crooks and Liars story:

"I was invited to go to Washington DC to meet with President Bush in the White House along with 12 or 13 other leaders of the pro-family movement," Dobson disclosed on his radio program Monday. "And the topic of the discussion that day was Iraq, Iran and international terrorism. And we were together for 90 minutes and it was very enlightening and in some ways disturbing too." [...]

"The world looked at Hitler and just didn't believe him and tried to appease him the way we're hearing in Washington today," Dobson remarked. "You know, the President seems to me does understand this, as I told you from that meeting I had with him the other day, but even there it feels like somebody ought to be standing up and saying, 'We are being threatened and we are going to meet this with force -- whatever's necessary.'"

Trying to figure out how to kick-start Armageddon, maybe?

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Comments (4)

Bush listens to James Dobson and the conservative Christian right on Iraq, and doesn't listen to his Generals?

Paul Hamilton:

Yipe! I thought I was making a joke about "kick-starting Armageddon," but look at this Dobson quote from Andrew Sullivan today:

Dobson: Joel, we've just read quotations telling us that a nuclear attack on the United States in the long run is inevitable. Joel, does that fit your point of view, not as a scientist, but as one who reads the scripture and one who has been remarkably successful in understanding the times? We know that appeasement never works. How can you negotiate with people whose stated intention is to kill you?

Rosenberg: you can't. This is unnverving. Unless you begin look at this as a student of the Bible, a follower of Jesus Christ, and begin to say, OK, the Bible gives us some guidance on this. We can't say for sure that this is a prophetic event, but as followers of Jesus Christ, our command is to "be strong and courageous."

Source: http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2007/05/dobson_armagedd.html

Dobson is considered a leading proponent of Dominion Theology aka Reconstructionism aka Kingdom Now theology.

"Its most common form, Dominionism, represents one of the most extreme forms of Fundamentalist Christianity thought. Its followers, called Dominionists, are attempting to peacefully convert the laws of United States so that they match those of the Hebrew Scriptures. They intend to achieve this by using the freedom of religion in the US to train a generation of children in private Christian religious schools. Later, their graduates will be charged with the responsibility of creating a new Bible-based political, religious and social order. One of the first tasks of this order will be to eliminate religious choice and freedom. Their eventual goal is to achieve the "Kingdom of God" in which much of the world is converted to Christianity. They feel that the power of God's word will bring about this conversion. No armed force or insurrection will be needed; in fact, they believe that there will be little opposition to their plan. People will willingly accept it. All that needs to be done is to properly explain it to them."
Steve Crickmore:

I am wondering if Bush ever tries to meet with anyone he doesn't agree with? Even the religious leaders are carefully chosen from one side of the spectrum. He is not exactly President of all the people.


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