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James Dobson's War on America Hardcover – March 1, 1997

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Conservative Election Politics
Going Red: The Two Million Voters Who Will Elect the Next President--and How Conservatives Can Win Them
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From Publishers Weekly

In this often strident expose of James Dobson, founder and president of Focus on the Family, an ultraconservative Christian organization, former Focus vice-president Alexander-Moegerle issues a call to all politically concerned Americans to beware of Dobson's political agenda. It's no secret that Dobson, as Alexander-Moegerle writes, advocates "smaller government, larger defense, the elimination of the Department of Education and the NEA, and the barring of women and homosexuals from military service." Alexander-Moegerle relies on his more than 15 years of close contact with Dobson to paint a portrait of Dobson as an autocratic manager hungry for political power and recognition. According to the author, Dobson's Nazarene belief that he is sinless and morally perfect results in Dobson's stance that he is morally superior to others, even his employees. Such a stance, combined with Dobson's apparent sexism, racism and homophobia, and his ability to lobby Capitol Hill with "500,000 to 1 million phone calls and letters within hours," according to Alexander-Moegerle, seem to make Dobson a tremendous political threat to the pluralism and diversity of political views in America. Unfortunately, the second half of the book, in which Alexander-Moegerle chronicles his own lawsuit against the Dobson organization, mars the force of the rest of the book, since the text turns more toward personal vendetta than levelheaded critique. Even so, Alexander-Moegerle brings into the open some serious questions about Dobson and Focus on the Family that merit response.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Evangelical Christian psychologist James Dobson's strategy for combating contemporary cultural rot involves melding ultraconservative politics, tight corporate control of his Focus on the Family organization, and a personal understanding of God's word and marketing the antirot prescriptions he comes up with via the conservative Christian media. Curiously, the proceeds from many if not all of his cures seem to line Dobson's personal and corporate pockets. So former true-believer Alexander-Moegerle contends as he exposes the creature behind Dobson's smiling, fatherly persona and his questionable personal management style; from searching employees' offices to blackballing fellow authors with his publisher, Dobson is a Christian corporate octopus. As intriguing as Alexander-Moegerle's chilling depiction of how media soul-saving and moral crusading works is the bizarre credulity of Dobson's flock. Even Alexander-Moegerle confesses surprise when a performer on a TV church service tears up on cue; indeed, that kind of duplicity inspired him to expose the man he believes is a powerful and possibly dangerous media manipulator. Mike Tribby

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (March 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157392122X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573921220
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,943,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By LindaT VINE VOICE on April 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Because Dr. James Dobson is such a prominent Christian leader, it is hard to provide a critique of his ministry without getting into hot water in some circles. But Gil Alexander-Moeggerle has done his critique, and I found that this book has answered some uneasy feelings I had for a long time -- especially after Dobson became so deeply entrenched into right wing politics.
I will not re-hash the book here. Previous reviews have shown the outline of the book, the topics covered, etc., as well as being able to look inside parts of the book here on Amazon.
However, I will share some problems I began having as I followed his ministry more. When I first started reading Dobson's books, I appreciated his views on the development of children and some of his practical psychological wisdom. However, my misgivings began to crystalize into two categories.
1. Political involvement. Now please understand -- I have no problem with Christians being involved in politics. But I do have serious issues with the following:
a. Legislating so-called "Christian principles." As a religion, Christianity is to be accepted by individuals, not by imposing its principles into law by decree. The Christian faith cannot be spread by imposing it onto others.
b. Although I am pro-family, pro-business and pro-life, I don't believe that the "conservative" camp exclusively owns these issues.
c. Furthermore, you don't have to be politically conservative to be a Christian.
d. I am a straight married woman, but I don't think I have a right to interfere in the lives of the gay community. I don't see them as messengers of evil, and I have no vendetta against them, either political or religious.
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Dobson and people of his ilk are powerful and serious about taking over the American Government and establishing a Christian State with application of Old Testament Law, which I delve into below. We should take this threat seriously and alert to their mostly secretive efforts as they have gained tremendous political clout in these last 30 years, beginning in a sense with the late Jerry Falwal (who now has 'Liberty University' to continue his influence among the young and impressionable). Below are my sincerely submitted comments as to the religion they proudly and pretentiously espouse, and intend fully to FORCE by law on the rest of us!
The Christian Fundamentalist Dominionists and Reconstructionists are downright scary!!! They want to make AMERICA, which has always had a pluralistic NON-religious government, into THEIR VERSION of a Christian U.S. Government and enforce Old Testament law, which among other things, orders you to have your unruly teenager stoned by the village elders if he curses you out or is stubborn, etc. (see Deuteronomy 21:18-21), and of course homosexuals are to be killed as well (Lev 18:22)--the fundamentalists like this verse; and SO ARE YOU if you or your wife commit adultery (Leviticus 20, verse 10 "And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death."
Or if you 'blaspheme' - the O.T. provides you be 'zapped' dead!! (Lev. 26, v. 16); and the Old Testament in Exodus 31 verse 15 provides the death penalty for your working on the sabbath!!! (did you mow the lawn last Sunday? or cook a Roast?
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I'm in my early 50's and remember when Dr. Dobson became prominent. I enjoyed a lot of his books but later on became a bit troubled. This was further compounded when I actually dared to mention this and was firmly put in my place for daring to criticize him.
But my problems remained. I felt that he put women in a "Catch-22" position -- on one hand, having married women stay home and care for their families, and on the other hand, complain about women who had nothing in their lives except their families, and how they needed to branch out more -- seemingly forgetting that a lot of these women were staying home and wrapping themselves up in their families as a result of listening to him! I was also troubled by what seemed to me as a hardening position on abortion (which, for the most part, I don't support, either) and the tacit idea that God is a Republican.
I have read this book through twice, and I don't find it nasty or mean-spirited. However, I do think that it's right down to the point. I do my best to apply my Christianity to my daily life, but I know that there are other people out there who believe differently than I do, and even if I don't agree with them, I still support their right to practice what they believe as long as it doesn't include such obvious things as murder, stealing, etc.
I enjoyed the book, and I don't think more or less of Dr. Dobson than I did when I started it. Some people portray him as a complete angel, others as a devil -- and neither of those extremes are true. I think that Gil Alexander-Moegerle has projected him exactly as he is -- a human being with all the strengths and weaknesses involved.
Good book -- worth reading!
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