You know how you can tell when we're winning? When the wingnuts go completely off the reservation and start lying through their tiny little teeth about their opposition. In this case, Planned Parenthood is the target, but they end up making themselves look like the fools and hypocrites they are.
Kristan Hawkins is Dobson's cohort in this radio clip. Kristan is the executive director of Students for Life, an organization dedicated to spreading guilt and hate ahead of its alleged message of love and peace for those Chosen Followers in The Light.
Here's why people like Kristan and Grampy Dobson drive me crazy. First they lie, and they extol liars like Lila Rose, who lied through her teeth and edited video dishonestly to make Planned Parenthood look like the Satan they think it is.
Here is Righteous Kristan's rant about what Planned Parenthood's true motives are, and Dobson's response.
Hawkins: I think the videos of Planned Parenthood have really helped to focus and to shed the light on Planned Parenthood because they are the abortion Goliath, I always refer to them as the abortion Goliath, they are the big man on campus, they’re the ones with the lobbyists, they’re getting the government funding, they’re subsidizing their abortions, they’re the ones making the money off all of this. I think the videos are very, very important in exposing their real agenda. You know Planned Parenthood sounds like a nice name, ‘ooh Planned Parenthood, and they’re providing free condoms to me, ooh yay,’ but then when you start peeling back, you know, what’s their method?
We have this new postcard, we make these little flashy postcards and they don’t really give students the answer but they’re there to raise controversy and drive people to our website where they can find out more information. It says, Planned Parenthood’s plan for you: One, give you the lowest ranked condoms that are available on the market today, the lowest ranked by Consumer Reports condoms, so you think Planned Parenthood’s great, they’re giving you bad condoms, then they’re going to give you birth control that can cause breast cancer, they’re going to give you low-dose birth control, and then they’re going to give you an abortion, and this is their plan to make money.
Dobson: If you scratch around anywhere near the Planned Parenthood message and the function of Planned Parenthood, you see wickedness; you see evil.
Um, ok. So let's look at Kristan's statement and see if we can find facts.
According to the NIH, there is a higher risk of breast cancer with oral contraceptives, but a lowered risk of ovarian and endometrial cancers. Further, the risk associated with contraceptives disappears 10 years after use is discontinued. So to be clear, there is a risk of cancer associated with any oral contraceptive, low dose or otherwise, and women should know this and be aware of it before using them. On the other hand, there's a risk of being hit by a bus while crossing the street, but that's not Planned Parenthood's fault. Should we condemn streets, or buses? Or just be aware and look both ways before crossing a street?
Hawkins' claim about condoms seems to go all the way back to this 2005 report published on LifeNews.com. I'm certain there was no bias there, but I'd like to reassure Hawkins that since that 2005 report, Consumer Reports has done another review of available condoms and found that all 500 brands they studied passed their minimum requirements for reliability. Strange how she didn't bother to check that before going on about it, much less suggesting that Planned Parenthood is using cheap condoms in order to build a free market for abortion.
Think about that. This is a classic case of wingers leveling accusations about what they are doing themselves! Planned Parenthood, a not-for-profit organization, is really trying to give women cancer and crummy condoms so they can build a free market in abortion? That's so bizarre it defies logic. There's no motive for doing that, despite Mr. Dobson's claim that they are just "pure evil."
Since James Dobson made that pronouncement about pure evil, I think we should consider what the Bible says about what is and what isn't evil.
Take, for example, John 8:44, which condemns liars as the most evil of them all. It says "You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies." To summarize, when lies are told, the liars are speaking the language of Satan. Evil. Pure evil.
There's more, though. Romans 3:13 calls the throats of liars an "open grave", full of snake venom. Revelation 21:8 offers a list of those most egregious sinners: "But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars..."
So you see, if you believe the theology Dobson and Co rely upon to condemn those whom they hate, then you also must believe they are those whom they hate. There is no hierarchy of sin in the Christian faith. A liar is as bad as a faithless person, a liar is as bad as a murderer, and to place this squarely in their context, those who are "sexually immoral" are equal to those who lie about those who are "sexually immoral."
Obviously, if you don't believe these things, the condemnation doesn't mean anything. But these are people who not only claim to believe it, but claim to preach it in the name of righteousness and holy fervor. Because of that, I think it's fair to use their own theology to shine light on their hypocrisy.
Ryan Dobson, James' son and Chosen Successor, couldn't be left out of the liars' loop either. He offered this little gem of a rant, equating the demise of Planned Parenthood to the defeat of the Nazis, and "lessons taught to the Germans" in the aftermath.
You know what I hope happens, I hope what happens is what they did in Germany after World War II that the people living near concentration camps, they walk them through those areas. That’s what they did to the Germans, those living near the concentration camps, the government walked them through those places where they were killing people every day saying ‘this is what you let happen.’ Every Planned Parenthood and abortion provider in America, the people living in those communities around them should have to go through and say ‘this is what you let happen.’
You know what I hope happens? I hope the man who lives by the prophecy of a returning Messiah also answers to that prophecy, which says this, as articulated in Proverbs 26:23-28:
Like the glaze covering an earthen vessel are fervent lips with an evil heart. Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart; when he speaks graciously, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart; though his hatred be covered with deception, his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly. Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling. ...
Because it's one thing to think Planned Parenthood is antithetical to Christian values. It's another thing to sacrifice those very same Christian values to spew lies and hate and venom into the air for everyone to hear, to rain down hate so that insane people feel like they shouldn't "let that happen" and shoot doctors or plant bombs in clinics. That other thing is as equal to what they hate as the hate itself.