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Is Not Voting a Sin?

James Dobson and other Christian leaders have said so in the past.

James Dobson said earlier that he may abstain from the election if the candidates fail to live up to his standards.

In 2006, Dobson and other Christian leaders said it would be a sin to not vote, as long as the candidates provide the right resume.

"If you can find a politician who understands the institution of the family, who wants to protect children from immorality, who understands that we are at war with those who want to destroy us and who understand that liberal judges are undermining us and need to be reined in," he said "and if you can find a politician who lives by a strong moral code and believes in Jesus Christ ... if you can find such a person, it would be a sin not to vote for him."

More commentary on Dobson's earlier statement comes from CBN reporter and former Focus on the Family radio reporter David Brody who asks "Why come out with this statement now?"

The skeptic in me wonders if this is a way of helping Romney without endorsing him. Let's be real. For Evangelical Dobson to endorse a Mormon would be a tough pill to swallow for many of his loyal listeners so maybe this is code for "Vote for Romney."

I guess James Dobson won't be getting any calls from a possible McCain administration if that ever happens. Not that James Dobson really cares about that. I'm sure millions of Evangelicals feel the same way that Dr. Dobson feels, but let's be clear: not all Evangelicals will jump ship on McCain. He does appeal to many on the national security issue and that trumps many of the other blemishes.

Posted:February 5, 2008 at 8:58PM
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