Brantley Gasaway, an American religious historian at Bucknell University and author of the excellent Progressive Evangelicals and the Pursuit of Social Justice, tweeted this letter today in response to my Washington Post piece on the court evangelicals. It comes from the archives of the National Association of Evangelicals at Wheaton College.
The letter is written from James Dobson of Focus on the Family to Robert “Bob” Dugan Jr., the director of the NAE’s Office of Public Affairs. Dobson is worried that if President Bill Clinton was invited to this NAE event it would “divide the evangelical community.”
Yes, times have changed.
Here is a transcription:
Feb[ruary 26, 94
Bob, My Friend
I think NAE has made a serious costly mistake by inviting the President to your annual event. He wants to divide the evangelical community. NAE just helped him do it. I’m disappointed! Jim.
Does anyone know if Clinton came to this “annual event?”