Ed Dobson, retired pastor and onetime Moral Majority leader, dies at 65

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The Rev. Ed Dobson has spent 2008 living like Jesus, praying daily, eating kosher, not working on Saturdays and not shaving his beard.

The Rev. Ed Dobson has spent 2008 living like Jesus, praying daily, eating kosher, not working on Saturdays and not shaving his beard.

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(RNS) He served as one of the lieutenants of the Moral Majority, helping Ronald Reagan defeat President Jimmy Carter in the 1980 election. Later, Dobson gave up on evangelical political involvement.

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  • Ben in oakland

    “I believe that people, myself included, were well-intentioned,” The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and demonizuing gay people was hardly what I call a good intention.

    “and our goals were noble,” No they weren’t. They were all about power and money, then as now.

    “but we got caught up in the illusion that politicians really cared for us, and that political change would bring moral change” You were also caught up in the delusion that it wasn’t about power and money. You got used by Reagan and the GOP, who really DIDN’T care about your so-called moral issues. And the immorality of what you and your ilk had been doing to gay people FOR MILLENIA simply didn’t register.

    “Dobson was criticized by conservatives for his decision to have an occasional beer while testifying about his Christian faith.” The capper to it all. JESUS DRANK WINE. Claiming any of this was about biblical values was your ultimate delusion and justification.

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  • Live like jesus for a year, including not working on the Sabbath, uh!!! Quite interesting. I thought Christians are supposed to live like Jesus 24/7/365 91 Peter 2:21-23). http://bit.ly/14VLZpL

  • George Nixon Shuler

    I was prepared to note this guy was a creep when I saw that “Moral Majority,” there but the more I read the more he seemed like a guy who was on the brink of the abyss but stopped the vehicle before going over the edge. And I when I saw the beer thing, I knew. It reminded me of how once Donald Wildmon’s grifting apparatus American Family Association once criticized “The Drew Carey Show” because the principal characters were shown drinking beer often [oh, the horror!].

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  • John Macarthur

    The moral majority was neither.