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Author Topic: The term "Christian" means only "evangelical Christians" per FOTF  (Read 7459 times)
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« Topic Start: March 28, 2007, 01:53:37 pm »

Something tells me Dobson and his ilk might bite off more than they can chew with this sort of thing.

"In a follow-up phone conversation, Focus on the Family spokesman Gary Schneeberger stood by Dobson's claim. He said that, while Dobson didn't believe Thompson to be a member of a non-Christian faith, Dobson nevertheless "has never known Thompson to be a committed Christian—someone who talks openly about his faith."

"We use that word—Christian—to refer to people who are evangelical Christians," Schneeberger added."

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/070328/28dobson.htm
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« Reply #1: March 28, 2007, 05:29:46 pm »

"We use that word—Christian—to refer to people who are evangelical Christians," Schneeberger added."

If Dobson and friends get to redefine "Christian" to mean what they want it to, I wonder if I would have any success redefining "Christian" to NOT include rabid fundies like Dobson?
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« Reply #2: March 28, 2007, 08:05:33 pm »

If Dobson and friends get to redefine "Christian" to mean what they want it to, I wonder if I would have any success redefining "Christian" to NOT include rabid fundies like Dobson?

Now, that's *definitely* worth a try.
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« Reply #3: March 28, 2007, 08:08:42 pm »

If Dobson and friends get to redefine "Christian" to mean what they want it to, I wonder if I would have any success redefining "Christian" to NOT include rabid fundies like Dobson?

how about redefining HUMAN to exclude them? Wink
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« Reply #4: March 28, 2007, 09:22:10 pm »

how about redefining HUMAN to exclude them? Wink

Or to at least exclude Fred Phelps?
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« Reply #5: March 28, 2007, 09:27:33 pm »

"We use that word—Christian—to refer to people who are evangelical Christians," Schneeberger added.

This makes my brain hurt.  There would have been no need for the qualifier "evangelical" if it was applicable to all Christians.  If his definition was "right," it would be like saying, "we use that word—cat—to refer to cats who are feline cats."  It's a freaking meaningless statement.

As it is, it's more like saying "only polydactyl cats are cats."
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« Reply #6: March 29, 2007, 01:27:54 am »


Something tells me Dobson and his ilk might bite off more than they can chew with this sort of thing.

"In a follow-up phone conversation, Focus on the Family spokesman Gary Schneeberger stood by Dobson's claim. He said that, while Dobson didn't believe Thompson to be a member of a non-Christian faith, Dobson nevertheless "has never known Thompson to be a committed Christian—someone who talks openly about his faith."

"We use that word—Christian—to refer to people who are evangelical Christians," Schneeberger added."

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/070328/28dobson.htm

The hell? *scratches head in confusion*

What I got a kick out of was this:

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Focus on the Family founder James Dobson appeared to throw cold water on a possible presidential bid by former Sen. Fred Thompson while praising former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is also weighing a presidential run, in a phone interview Tuesday.

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Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Thompson, took issue with Dobson's characterization of the former Tennessee senator. "Thompson is indeed a Christian," he said. "He was baptized into the Church of Christ."

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Gingrich recently appeared on Dobson's daily Focus on the Family radio program, carried by upward of 2,000 American radio stations, where he made headlines by discussing an extramarital affair he was having even as he pursued impeachment against President Bill Clinton for his handling of the investigation into the Monica Lewinsky affair.

So, basically, James Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family, won't back former Senator Fred Thompson in the Presidential race because he's apparently not Christian enough but he'll back Newt Gingrich even though he had an extra-marital affair?  Shocked Roll Eyes Huh

I'm sorry; IMO, that makes about as much sense as tits on a boar hog!
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« Reply #7: March 29, 2007, 03:44:03 am »


"We use that word—Christian—to refer to people who are evangelical Christians," Schneeberger added."


Well, if those kinds of evangelical fundies define Christian by their own embarrassing behaviour, then I am happy not to be one.

But still...*shakes head*

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« Reply #8: April 11, 2007, 12:23:46 pm »

"In a follow-up phone conversation, Focus on the Family spokesman Gary Schneeberger stood by Dobson's claim. He said that, while Dobson didn't believe Thompson to be a member of a non-Christian faith, Dobson nevertheless "has never known Thompson to be a committed Christian—someone who talks openly about his faith."

Actually everything out of FOTF has been pretty telling of late. Dobson has pretty much put his stamp of approval on Gingrich. This tells me that they are pretty much sold out any semblance of a family oriented organization for one lusting after power. The irony of Gingrich being the the bearer of the FOTF approval is incredible, since he has been married 3 times and was involved in extra-martial affairs the first two, including when he was running the lynching on Clinton for doing the same thing. His third wife is the woman he was having an affair with during his second marriage. Apparently he came and discussed the divorce settlement with his first wife, while she was recovering from cancer surgery in the hospital and then proceeded to abandon her and their two children financially. The local church had to collect money to help them pay the power bill to keep the lights on.

While Gingrich is a conservatives conservative, if Dobson was serious about FOTF, he would be pulling for Huckabee. The guy is smart, a conservative, and a baptist minster. While I disagree with Huckabee's positions very strongly, he is at least someone who is honest about who he is, and is someone I could respect.
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