Focus on the Family founder James Dobson has responded to media reports claiming that the conservative Christian movement is much divided as the 2008 elections approach.
In an editorial published in the New York Times on Thursday, Dobson – who on Saturday attended a meeting of pro-family leaders in Salt Lake City – wrote:
“The secular news media has been reporting in recent months that the conservative Christian movement is hopelessly fractured and internally antagonistic. The Los Angeles Times reported on Monday, for example, that supporters of traditional family values are rapidly ‘splintering.’ That is not true. The near unanimity in Salt Lake City is evidence of much greater harmony than supposed.”
The politically influential evangelical Christian said the purpose of the gathering in Salt Lake City was to discuss the response of Christian conservatives if both the Democrats and Republicans nominate candidates who support abortion.
He wrote in the Times: “After two hours of deliberation, we voted on a resolution that can be summarized as follows: If neither of the two major political parties nominates an individual who pledges himself or herself to the sanctity of human life, we will join others in voting for a minor-party candidate. Those agreeing with the proposition were invited to stand. The result was almost unanimous.”
Dobson concluded: “Admittedly, differences of opinion exist among us about our choices for president. That divergence is entirely reasonable, now just over a year before the national election. It is hardly indicative of a ‘splintering’ of old alliances.
“If the major political parties decide to abandon conservative principles, the cohesion of pro-family advocates will be all too apparent in 2008.”
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