Adam Kokesh: Open Letter To James DobsonSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Sun, 05/30/2010 - 14:21
Dear Mr. Dobson,
I am writing to thank you for your educational work and long record of supporting public morals. As someone who has regularly counseled millions for years, you have directly impacted many lives in a positive fashion. I commend this spirit, especially in contrast to politicians who use our money in charitable, but self-serving ways.
Most recently, I applaud your willingness to stand up and set an example regarding lies from our public officials. By publicly taking issue with Republican Party leaders who misrepresented the record Republican senatorial candidate Rand Paul, you have set a fine example. Unfortunately, that deceit which you have exposed is part of a much greater strategy. It is part of a pattern of slander against grassroots candidates across America.
According to the teachings of Judaism, the worst damage a person can do to another is to their reputation, and some rabbis say that slander is one of the few acts that may result in eternal damnation with no forgiveness - because there is no way to undo the damage. In this sense, slander is regarded as worse than murder.
The Apostle Paul continues this tradition when he tells us in the book of Ephesians, "Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body."
After serving in Iraq as a Marine, I returned disillusioned with our policies, just like many other veterans. It is a tragic indictment of our policies that more soldiers have taken their own lives than have died in combat. I have been outspoken in my view that our operations in Iraq do not meet the standards of the Christian Just War theory. Producing evils greater than the evil to be eliminated causes what secular analysts refer to as "blowback." Military policy should make us safer, and as per my principles of good government, we should alter or abolish programs that do not meet specific goals. The canard that, "we need to fight them over there so we do not have to fight them here" has been exposed by the Christmas Day and Times Square terrorism attempts. Our country would be safer if our policy was just and morally sound.