Calling Dr. James Dobson a bigot brings out support for crusader
When I read Erik Swanson’s May 13 letter to the editor, I was absolutely appalled at several things: first, that he believes the views of the Associated Press reflect those of the Summit Daily news, and second, that he would call a wonderful man like Dr. James Dobson a bigot.
In addition to calling Dr. Dobson a bigot, he called the writer of the article, Jennifer Hamilton, a bigot. I was shocked that he would refer to a journalist trying to present the facts as a bigot.
I am currently an intern at the Summit Daily News and have been a journalist for almost three years now. One thing I understand, that Swanson obviously does not, is the No. 1 obligation of a journalist is to bring to light the facts of the story.
The Associated Press writer was doing nothing more than her job. That does not make her bigoted.
That said, I was offended when Mr. Swanson called Dr. Dobson a bigot. In 1977, Dr. Dobson realized something that very few in this country see today: that the American family nucleus and family ideals in America are crumbling faster than the Twin Towers on 9/11.
Twenty-six years ago, Dr. Dobson did what few people do these days. He took action. Dr. Dobson started Focus on the Family to minister to Christian families and “turn hearts toward home.” If Mr. Swanson doesn’t believe me, he should check out the group’s Web site: http://www.family.org.
Unlike Swanson, I researched Dr. Dobson’s stance on homosexuality. In response to the question, “What should be the attitude of a Christian toward those who are gay?” Dobson responded, “There is no place for hatred, hurtful jokes or other forms of rejection toward those who are homosexual.”
That’s weird that Swanson said, “The primary goals of Dobson’s Focus on the Family organization are to “legalize discrimination against gay men and lesbians in housing and employment.'”
It’s strange the primary goal of Focus on the Family seems to be to love everyone as himself or herself. In the answer, Dr. Dobson also said, “I feel strongly that Christians have a scriptural mandate to love and care for all the people of the world.”
Swanson also believes that Focus on the Family has close ties to racist organizations. That may be true, but that in and of itself does not make Dr. Dobson a bigot.
In fact, even if he had racist and sexist friends, that would not make him a bigot, either.
Swanson’s comments make him look like more of a bigot than he claims Dobson to be. Mr. Swanson may not like Dr. Dobson, and that’s fine. He’s entitled to his opinion. However, he has no place to attack a man who has devoted most of his life to bettering the condition his fellow man without the proper facts to back up his opinion.
In the future I would encourage writers of letters to the editor to do as a journalist would do. Gather the facts and then write the story.
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