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Focus on the Family Must be Stoned!

October 15, 2012

Then the word of the Lord came to Scott and said,

Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of America who are now prophesying. Say to the prophets who prophesy from their imagination: “Hear the word of the Lord!” ~ Ezekiel 13:2 SBV

I am but an obedient servant…

It is interesting/sad to watch the ridiculous fear-mongering and hyperbolic, over-the-top, cringe inducing rhetoric of the current political campaigns in America. A current example of this type of fear-mongering, and mostly made up facts, is Dinesh D’Souza’s 2016: Obama’s America. You can read a Review here–though it is ironic: in the review, the reviewer notes that even before the movie began, there was a slide on screen encouraging the very few viewers to protest Mayor Bloomberg’s planned ban on double over-sized soft drinks: “freedom,” it said, is at stake. That’s right, “freedom” is at stake… over the size of a pop.

I find D’Souza’s 2016: Obama’s America interesting as in 2008, Focus on the Family, attempted the same thing. Prior to the 2008 election, the Religious Right was predicting Doom and Gloom, the end of the world, and the sky falling (as usual) if Barack “The Anti-Christ” Obama was to somehow win the election.

As part of the surety that Obama would ruin America by turning it into a secular nation, and with his policies change all good, married evangelical Christian men into lustful homosexuals, Focus on the Family published a 16-page warning in the form of  “Letter From 2012 in Obama’s America.”

The letter begins

October 22, 2012

Dear friends,

I can hardly sing “The Star Spangled Banner” any more. When I hear the words,
O say, does that star spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
I get tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. Now in October of 2012, after seeing what has happened in the last four years, I don’t think I can still answer, “Yes,” to that question. We are not “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” Many of our freedoms have been taken away by a liberal Supreme Court and a Democratic majority in both the House and the Senate, and hardly any brave citizen dares to resist the new government policies any more.

The 2008 election was closer than anybody expected, but Barack Obama still won. Many Christians voted for Obama – younger evangelicals actually provided him with the needed margin to defeat John McCain – but they didn’t think he would really follow through on the far Left policies that had marked his career.

They were wrong.

Libby Anne rightly notes, “the purpose of this letter is to scare evangelicals – especially younger evangelicals – out of voting for Obama and convince them to vote for McCain.” That’s it plain and simple: don’t use your mind. Don’t evaluate the actual political, social, economic, environmental ethos, etc… instead: the sky is falling, the sky is falling, the sky is falling! Vote McCain!

The above letter is humorous as Focus on the Family makes 34 predictions. 34 very specific and very detailed predictions. You can read those ‘predictions’ above by clicking the pdf link. But if you’re too lazy and just want me to give you a tally as to FoF’s semi-phenomenal cosmic power’s of prophecy: out of 34 predictions they get exactly one half point.

That’s right, they basically go 0 for 34!

They do get a half point for prediction 10, the repeal of DADT, but they should almost lose that half-point for the detailed and ridiculous predictions of what would come about from that repeal. You can go to Libby Anne‘s post for a more detailed deconstruction of many of FoF’s dire warnings and prophecies (fear-mongering), but here at Scotteriology that would be just wasting our time. We need to get to the meat of the real issue!

Apparently, Focus on the Family is “committed to providing trustworthy, biblical guidance and support.” But the above letter is not trustworthy… so what should be the biblical solution?

Well, if you consider the entire Bible to be a revelation from God and his handbook for us today, then there can only be one solution: we must stone all those from FoF who were involved with the production of this letter!

So what does Yahweh think we should do with the false prophets at Focus on the Family?

I will personally hold responsible anyone who then pays no attention to the words that prophet speaks in my name. “But if any prophet presumes to speak anything in my name that I have not authorized him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet must die.Now if you say to yourselves, ‘How can we tell that a message is not from the Lord?’ – whenever a prophet speaks in my name and the prediction is not fulfilled, then I have not spoken it; the prophet has presumed to speak it, so you need not fear him.

I think it’s only fair if FoF can use Leviticus to legitimate their view that homosexuality is an abomination, then I can use Deuteronomy to legitimate the view that their prophecy is an abomination. Focus on the Family must be stoned, for the Bible tells me so.

Now to go find some rocks…

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Bill Maher also has some thoughts on FoF’s embarrassing fear-mongering. (WARNING: NSFW! Language and reason)

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. October 15, 2012 9:26 am

    This one! “Russia occupied additional countries that had been previous
    Soviet satellite nations, including Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, with no military response from the U.S. or the U.N”

    Pure fantasy! One this is obvious “focus on the family” has no clue when it comes to geopolitics.

    • October 15, 2012 7:37 pm

      Apparently Focus on the Family lives in some kind of Hal Lindsey-esque bizarro universe when it comes to international affairs.

      • Headless Unicorn Guy permalink
        November 26, 2012 10:25 pm

        International Affairs only exist to set up End Time Prophecy.

  2. October 15, 2012 9:27 am

    Oh, it get’s sillier (if that was possible): “In mid-2010, Iran launched a nuclear bomb that
    exploded in the middle of Tel Aviv, destroying much of that city ” . . .

  3. October 15, 2012 7:47 pm

    Uhm…that later is very old news and has been discussed elsewhere. Have you been taking a long nap?

    • October 16, 2012 2:18 am

      Hey, Mr Contrarian, it’s news to me and I appreciate the link.
      As well as being funny.
      I watched some Monty Python about a month ago. That’s “old news” too. But some comedy never dies.

    • October 16, 2012 8:04 am

      Once again you expose your slack-jawed ignorance, and lack of cognitive ability and reading comprehension. The reason the letter (or “later” as you refer to it) is used is that it is a comparative. If you could understand more than one sentence, have the brain power to remember the last few sentences, or somehow with your double-digit IQ (what did you test at? I’m guessing around 85) had the gray matter to comprehend a paragraph, much less an article, then you could see the reason the letter was included was as a comparative to the 2016 movie that is also predicting doom and gloom.

      Just for fun I had my ten year old read this post, and when she was done I asked one question, “Why did I talk about the letter?” She responded right away, “Because it’s like the movie.”

      Are you smarter than a fifth grader, David Tee? Unfortunately for you, the answer to that question is a resounding NO!

      • October 16, 2012 5:59 pm

        You have a real problem andinstead of just sticking to defending the posting of the letter and talking about focus on the family’s political views you had to hijack the thread for your personal attack which meant nothing and adding nothing to the discussion.

        if you had stuck to topic and presented your position on why this letter was so wrong you may have found out that I disagree with that organization’s political activity.

        but no, you had toprove to everyone that you are no better mentally and behavorially than a 2 year old. grow up for once.

        • October 17, 2012 7:50 am

          One, I can’t “hijack” any threads on my own site. It’s MY site: a thread will be what I want it to be.

          Two, after your many and varied personal insults to a variety of people since you started sharing your special brand of insanity and stupidity–not to mention your attempt at a put down to begin this thread with your ‘nap’ comment–it is highly ironic that you of all people would suddenly have your feelings hurt when it is demonstrated that you have no better categories of reading comprehension than a fifth grader. The only question left is whether or not you are too stupid to realize you are very stupid.

          For you to tell someone to grow up is also highly ironic. You of the, “If you don’t agree with me you’re not a Christian” argument. Not only do you need to grow up David, you also need to go see a psychiatrist as soon as possible. Seriously, you’re delusional and need help very badly.

    • October 16, 2012 2:29 pm

      While the letter might be “old news”, it highlights the dystopian fantasy world that Focus on the Family thinks we lives in. As was pointed out, a generous scoring of this letter gives Focus on the Family 0.5 out of 34. It’s a laughable attempt at fear mongering that failed miserably. They should be called out for their failed “prophecy!”

  4. 4xi0m permalink
    October 16, 2012 12:39 pm

    This is seriously funny. Was this before or after James Dobson was kicked out of Focus on the Family for being too divisive?

    • October 18, 2012 1:28 am

      As I recall he wasn’t kicked out, he left so that he could start a Focus on the Family side project where he could get all political (I think this letter was from that project) while allowing the main group to stay tax exempt.

  5. Sara Roja permalink
    October 19, 2012 8:36 am

    Brother thank you for these inspiring messages, I invite you to India, please come and preach in our congregations, please reply. Your sister Sara.

  6. Headless Unicorn Guy permalink
    November 26, 2012 10:23 pm

    First, let’s get some appropriate theme music from Bob Dylan

    I said this four years ago when FotF’s “Letter from the Future” first came out, and I’ll say it now:

    As Near-Future Persecution Dystopias go, this was LAME — even by the standards of “But I Send This Back in Time to You as a Warning” didactic fiction. Note that it punched ALL the Christianese hot buttons — Teh Fags, The Commies and The Cold War, Teh Fags, American Decline, Teh Fags, Gummint Schools, Teh Fags, Evolution, Teh Fags, Abortion, Teh Fags, End Time Prophecy, Teh Fags, and Teh Fags.

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