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Dobson Speaks the Language of Politics

November 17, 1995

What can James Dobson possibly mean when he says "I do not want political power" ("A Man of Millions," Nov. 2)?

According to your story, here is a man with a $100-million broadcasting and publishing empire, which spends $4 million a year on public affairs broadcasts and "quasi-political organizing"; who is sought out by presidential hopefuls (all Republican), and meets with the Republican congressional leadership; who can dramatically turn a House vote around by flooding the congressional switchboard with almost a million calls; who gave free air time to support the Colorado anti-gay constitutional amendment; who "is unapologetic for his political activism," and "unabashedly" sets political agendas, and "revels in what he sees as the electoral clout of religious conservatives."

And this man says he doesn't want political power? It is sad how, when it comes to power, a paragon of Christian morals so readily learns to speak the political speech of disingenuousness and hypocrisy.

THOMAS ROBISCHON

Venice

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