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The “Looking Backward” letter from Focus on the Family Action is a document worth preserving for historical purposes. Its claim that it is presenting a reasonable guess about what an Obama administration would do is preposterous. Take this example:

Church buildings are now considered a “public accommodation” by the Supreme Court, and churches have no freedom to refuse to allow their buildings to be used for wedding ceremonies for homosexual couples. If they refuse, they lose their tax-exempt status, and they are increasingly becoming subject to fines and antidiscrimination lawsuits.

This truly is worthy of the Left Behind series.
But because the document has been put together with some care, it provides an excellent portrait of the 2008 edition of the religious right worldview. It’s a world view that extends to such issues as taxation and health care that don’t on their face have much to do with the moral agenda allegedly being promoted. But these do dovetail with GOP ideology–and without too much of a stretch dovetail with standard premillennialist fears of the Antichrist’s one world government (single-payer health care, wealth redistribution). What’s conspicuously absent, however, is any mention of the current financial meltdown, or what to do about it. Here, the ideological ducks are not lined up, leaving the poor, uneducated, easy to command followers of Jim Dobson in a quandary. If nothing else, this Republican inability to grapple intellectually with the most critical issue of the election is likely to put us in a position of being able to evaluate the accuracy of FOTFA’s nightmare scenario, come 1212.