Friday, January 23, 2009

Dobson and Bundy

As January 23rd is the 20th anniversary of his interview with Ted Bundy, Dr. James Dobson will be appearing on Fox News tonight (Friday) to recall that conversation, in which they discussed pornography's role in Bundy's life.

I wasn't aware that this interview had taken place, but when I did a quick search, most of the articles I initially found actually disputed Dobson's claims and said that Dobson had either lied about the interview or been manipulated by Bundy.

I was surprised to find comments denying the existence of porn addiction and opposing Dobson's attempts to limit the distribution of porn.

Dobson has been quoted as saying:
“No, not everyone who uses pornography becomes a murderer, but there are serious consequences to pornography addiction. Studies done since my conversation with Bundy have documented corrosive effects on marriages and families, such as increased marital distress and risk of separation and divorce; decreased marital intimacy and sexual satisfaction; and a devaluation of monogamy, marriage and child-rearing." (from Focus on the Family)

But people are angry that their "freedom" is in jeopardy because of people like Dobson. The irony is that seeking "freedom" makes us slaves to sin.

Anyway, I just wanted to mention the interview in case anyone wanted to watch it.

6 comments:

  1. Isn't that the way it is?... I am glad he speaks out even when it isn't popular. I'm not quite as brave, frankly.

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  2. I saw him last night on Glenn Beck (on Fox) but what is even more interesting I watched the interview on youtube a few days back. If interested you can find it here:

    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=&search_query=james+dobson+ted+bundy&aq=f

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  3. It's definitely a big responsibility to be kind of a "spokesperson" for the Christian viewpoint (although we are all witnesses, but not as famous as some).

    Vitali, thanks for the info. I knew it was probably online, but I had heard that there would be new footage on Fox. What did you think?

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  4. That I don't know. They just had a short interview and he (Dobson) had a chance to share a bit about the old interview with Bundy.

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  5. I remember watching this interview back in the early 90s. It was a startling interview. While Bundy was no expert, his life experience is certainly noteworthy.

    More and more Christian's are beginning to speak out how this addiction is impacting the church. I know a number of Christian musicians that are talking about it as well:

    http://www.covenanteyes.com/blog/2008/12/29/christian-musicians-speak-out-to-those-tempted-by-porn/

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  6. Thanks for the info, Luke. It's good to hear that the subject is not "taboo" and that there are resources available. While pornography goes back a long way, I do think the Church is a little behind when it comes to Internet-related sin issues which have developed over the last 10 years or so.

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