From CitizenLink.com (a Focus on the Family site): Dr. Dobson Responds to Liberal Attacks over Foley Situation

October 6, 2006

Dr. Dobson Responds to Liberal Attacks over Foley Situation
by Pete Winn, associate editor

What does the reprehensible behavior of a now-disgraced gay Republican congressman have to do with Christian conservatives? Nothing, says the founder of Focus on the Family Action.

October 6, 2006

What does the reprehensible behavior of a now-disgraced gay Republican congressman have to do with Christian conservatives? Nothing, says the founder of Focus on the Family Action.

Focus on the Family Action Chairman Dr. James Dobson took on liberal news media and politicians today and accused them of using the behavior of former Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., to try to make political hay and tarnish the reputation of conservative candidates and all Christians — including him — in the process.

“What Congressman Foley did was inexcusable, reprehensible and morally depraved,” Dobson said. “Let there be no question about the position we have taken on this.”

Speaking on his nationally syndicated radio program, Dobson made a point of distinguishing between the actual behavior of the former Florida congressman — who resigned after sending inappropriate e-mails and messages to teenaged pages — and the scandal the media is trying to generate while seeking the ouster of House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.

“A representative who has been a closet homosexual for years, apparently, was finally caught doing something terribly wrong and when the news broke, he packed up his things and went home,” Dobson said.

And that, he said, should have been the end of the story. But it wasn’t.

“As we know, the media and the Democrats saw an opportunity to make much, much, more out of it,” Dobson said, “impugning the morals and character, not only of this disgraced congressman, but of entire the entire Republican Congress — and Christian conservatives, including me.”

Dobson said the liberal media is bizarrely — and wrongly — trying to somehow connect evangelicals with this scandal.

“Somebody is going to have to tell me what in the wide world this indiscretion by a member of Congress has to do with evangelical Christians. And in my case, especially me,” he said. “What in the world is the connection there? And yet the media is trying to link us somehow.”

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