Those Wildly Inaccurate Wingnut Prophets

Former FTBer Libby Anne has a great post that looks at some predictions made by Focus on the Family before the 2008 election. Those predictions were made in a “Letter from 2012 in Obama’s America” and they are really quite amusing to read. It starts with disclaimers:

So here is a picture of the changes that are likely or at least very possible if Senator Obama is elected and the far-Left segments of the Democratic Party gain control of the White House, the Congress, and perhaps then the Supreme Court. The entire letter is written as a “What if?” exercise, but that does not make it empty speculation, because every future “event” described here is based on established legal and political trends that can be abundantly documented and that only need a “tipping point” such as the election of Senator Obama and a Democratic House and Senate to begin to put them into place. Every past event named in this letter (everything prior to October 22, 2008) is established fact.

This letter is not “predicting” that all of the imaginative future “events” named in this letter will happen. But it is saying that each one of these changes could happen and also that each change would be the natural outcome of (a) published legal opinions by liberal judges, (b) trends seen in states with liberal-dominated courts such as California and Massachusetts, (c) recent promises, practices and legislative initiatives of the current liberal leadership of the Democratic Party and (d) Senator Obama’s actions, voting record and public promises to the far-Left groups that won the nomination for him.

Let me translate that: We’re going to scare the hell out of you with ridiculous predictions of what will happen if the Evil One is elected, but we want some wiggle room so we can later claim that we really didn’t make those predictions. And once the letter begins, it’s written in standard wingnut language, heavy on emotion-laden phrases like this:

Dear friends,

I can hardly sing “The Star Spangled Banner” any more. When I hear the words, O say, does that star spangled banner yet wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

I get tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. Now in October of 2012, after seeing what has happened in the last four years, I don’t think I can still answer, “Yes,” to that question. We are not “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” Many of our freedoms have been taken away by a liberal Supreme Court and a Democratic majority in both the House and the Senate, and hardly any brave citizen dares to resist the new government policies any more.

He gets tears in his eyes and a lump in his throat, people. Don’t you see how serious he is, and how serious the situation is? He’s crying, just like the baby Jesus is crying. That’s way more powerful than, you know, facts and evidence and stuff. Then come the predictions:

The most far-reaching transformation of American society came from the Supreme Court’s stunning affirmation, in early 2010, that homosexual “marriage” was a “constitutional” right that had to be respected by all 50 states because laws barring same-sex “marriage” violated the Equal Protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. Suddenly, homosexual “marriage” was the law of the land in all 50 states, and no state legislature, no state Supreme Court, no state Constitutional amendment, not even Congress, had any power to change it. The Supreme Court had ruled, and the discussion was over.

Not even close. Not only has the Supreme Court not declared that same-sex marriage is the law of the land, they haven’t even heard a case on it yet. And there’s no sign that they will hear one any time soon (they might take the DOMA and Prop 8 cases this term or next, but neither reaches the question of whether same-sex marriage is required at the federal level).

(1) The Boy Scouts no longer exist as an organization. They chose to disband rather than be forced to obey the Supreme Court decision that they would have to hire homosexual scoutmasters and allow them to sleep in tents with young boys…

It had become increasingly difficult for the Boy Scouts to find meeting places anyway, because in 2009 Congress passed and President Obama signed an expansion of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which extended federal civil rights protections to people engaging in homosexual behavior. So the Boy Scouts had already been kicked out of all public facilities.

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