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Monday, August 14, 2006

Dobson and Family Get Tossed from Turner Field!

Over the weekend, the Associated Press reported that the Atlanta Braves barred James Dobson's Focus on the Family from participating in Sunday's "Faith Day" postgame activities held at Turner Field.

Here's a snippet...
The Atlanta Braves will mix baseball with the gospel when they hold another "Faith Day" this weekend. But one of the country's most prominent Christian organizations has been tossed out of the game.

Focus on the Family, a group founded by James Dobson and based in Colorado Springs, Colo., was barred from participating in Sunday's postgame activities after sponsoring the first such event at Turner Field last month.

While the team wouldn't provide a reason for its decision, several gay rights groups on the Web bristled with speculation that Focus on the Family was given the boot for promoting its belief that homosexuality is a social problem comparable to alcoholism, gambling or depression.

This Yankee fan sends out an extra-special TOMAHAWK CHOP to the Braves for their decision....


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Blogger D.R. said...

Why would you support such a decision by the Braves simply on the basis of this press release? As someone who seems to call for Baptists to be dilligent about religious liberty issues, shouldn't you without judgment and be suspect of any organization who boots a religious group from participation without giving credible reasons? Furthermore, shouldn't you investigate this futher to be sure that the free speech rights of the religious group in question were not violated with such an action.

BDW, it seems that you are not giving equal weight to possibly discrimation of conservative Christians as opposed to other religious groups possibly being discriminated against. I am wondering how someone like yourself could seem so happy to see Focus on the Family censured for speaking publically about their views on homosexuality -- views that by the way are the historical and traditional views os the church, which can and have been substantiated clearly by the Bible? Shouldn't Christians clearly speak prophetically into the culture the message regarding sin that the Bible clearly articulates? And shouldn't their rights be protected in doing so?

Additionally, while Focus on the Family has been charged with hatred and all sorts of ill-concieved notions regarding their motives, as a Christian I would hope you would give fellow brethren in Christ the benefit of the doubt and engage them respectfully, not dance in the midst of their tribulation. This sort of thing is what causes conservatives like me to criticize moderates like youself, who often criticize conservatives like me for similar statements made about moderates, liberals, and non-Christians.

And finally, I just don't see how your view here squares with the Biblical text or the historical position of the Church. Maybe you would care to enlighten me on how you interpret the Scriptures on homosexuality? I have written extensively on my blog regarding this and if you care to interact with my position, feel free. Here are the two main links - American Baptist Association Votes to Split From the ABC Over Homosexuality (see comments for discussion with Dan T.) and Homosexuality and The Apostle Paul: A Study on Romans 1:26-27 (see first two comments for more resources on the subject and for quotes from the Church Fathers backing up the traditional position). I hope you will eventually see that conservatives like Focus on the Family, Exodus, and others who minister to homosexuals by noting that the act itself is sinful, are not spewing hate, but trying to hold fast to the faith once delivered to the saints. And one cannot proclaim forgiveness and delieverace from sin without clearly delineating what is sin.

10:29 PM


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