Some Oklahoma conservatives are pushing former Tennessee senator (and part-time actor) Fred Thompson to enter the Republican presidential race. But the influential conservative leader James Dobson of Focus on the Family is taking aim at the senator.
News reports today quote Dr. Dobson as questioning Thompson's religious convictions. Dobson acknowledged Thompson's conservative and pro-life credentials, but added, "I don't think he's a Christian; at least that's my impression." Dobson also said that such an impression would make it difficult for Thompson to connect with the Republican Party's conservative Christian voters. Dobson seems to support former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who recently admitted sexual misconduct in a radio conservation with Dobson.
Dobson is entitled to endorse any candidate he likes. But we take strong exception to his religious litmus test. Apparently, Dobson can forgive Newt's indiscretions—what's a little hanky-panky between adults, after all?
But Sen. Thompson's religious beliefs, whatever they may be, can't be tolerated in spite of the fact that Thompson seems to agree with Dobson on many significant social and moral issues.
Sounds as if Dr. Dobson's political principles are mighty flexible. Based on what we've seen and heard out of Colorado Springs in recent years, some might call Dr. Dobson's shifting political positions "moral relativism."