Here's the dispatch:
Friday, September 28, 2007
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary Bauer
Dr. Dobson And I Need Your Prayers
The last two weeks have been the worst I can remember in a long time for the pro-family, pro-life movement. A series of distorted media reports have tried to divide us. Christians and other values voters are taking verbal shots at each other over whom to support in the presidential race. And reporters are “licking their chops” at the dissention and disarray.
Dr. Jim Dobson, my longtime friend and ally, has taken all sorts of unfair hits from the Los Angeles Times and other media outlets. Some of those “hits” quoted unnamed “former associates.” One paper today took a shot at him and attributed it to me. The reporter admitted to me this morning that he made a mistake and will issue a retraction. But the damage was done. It makes me sick, and I know it sickens Jim too.
In recent weeks, I have received a number of e-mails from fellow believers attacking me, and in every case it was based on false press reports. Some have written angry notes because they have heard that I want a third pro-family party, while others are angry because I don’t want a third pro-family party. I have been accused of publicly endorsing Thompson, or Romney, or McCain or “fill in the blank.” I have not endorsed anyone. Yesterday, I was accused of demanding that Mike Huckabee withdraw. What? I would never do that. In fact, I am having lunch with him today. I continue to feel that God is calling me to work with all of the candidates.
If you see media reports – even in Christian media – do not assume that they are accurate. One Christian outlet ran a major story this week about what I supposedly believe, but no one from that outlet ever called to talk to me. You can always check the facts directly with us by calling our office at 703-671-9700 or by e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All of this is to say that the leaders of the pro-family, pro-life movement need your prayers for wisdom, discernment and strength. I know I need them!
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Update: Late breaking news about a congressman who also is most certainly not a homosexual.