In a combative speech on Thursday, Christian evangelical and longtime religious right leader James Dobson depicted himself as locked in an epic struggle with President Obama over abortion and contraception more generally, at one point going so far as dare the president to “come and get [him].”
“President Obama, before he was elected, made it very clear that he wanted to be the abortion president,” Dobson explained to an audience gathered to celebrate the “national day of prayer.”
“He didn’t … make any bones about it, that this is something that he really was going to promote and support, and he has done that, and in a sense he is the abortion president,” Dobson continued. “And early on, in his first term, he announced … that every American that gets insurance, which would be almost all of us, would have to pay a surcharge … and that we would have to pay it and that would go towards the support of abortion.”
Dobson then proceeded to read something he had written years ago, an explanation of why he would never pay Obama’s pro-abortion surcharge.
“I believe in the rule of law, and it has been my practice since I was in college to respect and honor those in authority over us,” Dobson read. “It is my desire to do so now. However, this assault on the sanctity of human life takes me where I cannot go. I will not pay the surcharge for abortion services. The amount of the surcharge is irrelevant. To pay one cent for the killing of babies is egregious to me, and I will do all I can to correct a government that lies to me about its intentions and then tries to coerce my acquiescence with extortion.”
Dobson continued, saying, “It would be a violation of my most deeply-held convictions to disobey what I consider to be the principles in scripture. The creator will not hold us guiltless if we turn a deaf ear to the cries of his innocent babies.”
“So come and get me, Mr. President, if you must,” Dobson challenged. “I will not yield to your wicked regulations!”