Dr. James Dobson: A Christian Pastor’s Analysis of the U.S. Election Drama – Incorrect Attribution!
Summary of eRumor:
Dr. James Dobson, the founder and president of Family Talk, explained why he’s endorsed Donald Trump in a column that breaks down the U.S. election and the direction of the country from the perspective of a Christian minister.
Dr. James Dobson has endorsed Donald Trump — but a column titled “A Christian Pastor’s Analysis of the U.S. Election Drama” didn’t come from him.
The column appears to have been written by Pastor Steve Witt of the Bethel Cleveland congregation in Ohio. The earliest version of the column that we could find was posted at Witt’s Facebook page on May 11th. By mid-summer, the column was circulating without attribution, a “Christian pastor” was listed as its author. Then, by late summer, Dr. James Dobson’s name had been attached to the column and it was widely circulated via email, social media and discussion forums.
There is only one difference between the original column written by Witt and the later one that was incorreclty attributed to Dobson. In the second to last paragraph, Witt wrote that “time will tell” if Trump is good for America. In later versions, “time will tell” was replaced with the line, “Nobody liked Gen. Patton, but he sure WAS an instrument of the United States for the right things.”
Dobson, meanwhile, endorsed Trump in a column published by Christian Today on September 23rd under the headline, “James Dobson: Why I Am Voting for Donald Trump.” In that column, Dobson focused on the importance of a conservative Republican candidate filling current and forthcoming U.S. Supreme Court vacancies:
I don’t vote for candidates or political parties. I support those who will lead the country righteously, honorably, and wisely. In many ways, this is a single-issue election because it will affect every dimension of American life: the makeup of the Supreme Court. Antonin Scalia’s sudden death made this election the most significant of our lifetime. The next president will nominate perhaps three or more justices whose judicial philosophy will shape our country for generations to come.
So, while it’s true that Dobson has endorsed Donald Trump, he didn’t do so in a widely circulated column that has been attributed to him.