The arrogance of Dobson and his spokesman believing they can mark the boundaries on who is or isn't a Christian is bad enough, but what really takes the cake is Dobson's support for former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. He's the "brightest guy out there" and "the most articulate politician on the scene today," according to Dobson.
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. "Dr. Dobson wasn't expressing a personal opinion about his reaction to a Thompson candidacy; he was trying to 'read the tea leaves' about such a possibility."
Gingrich is also on his third marriage. He left his first wife while she was battling cancer. He left his second wife just months after learning that she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. He carried on affairs during the first two marriages. He was carrying on an affair while leading the charge to impeach President Clinton for his affair.
Regarding Gingrich and his marital problems, I am a forgiving guy. People make mistakes. But Newt Gingrich is a serial philanderer. There is a big difference between making a mistake and being a perpetual cheat and liar. He can't be trusted; he certainly is not fit to be President no matter how bright he is.
And for the leader of Focus on the Family to say he likes Gingrich over Thompson because Thompson doesn't talk enough about his faith - presumably Gingrich does - while ignoring Gingrich's assault on family values makes Dobson morally bankrupt and a disgrace to the name of Christian. It amazes me that anyone listens to anything this man says.