R. Albert Mohler Jr. [board member of Focus on Family] said Thursday he stands by the comments he made in March 2000 on the cable news show Larry King Live.
"I believe that the Roman church is a false church and it teaches a false gospel," Mohler said at the time. "And indeed, I believe that the pope himself holds a false and unbiblical office."
Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminar in Louisville, Ky., said he was shocked by [Senator Ken] Salazar's letter to [Rev. James] Dobson.
"It's either a demonstration of the most grotesque form of manipulation or evidence of absolute ignorance," he said. "Anyone who is shocked that evangelical Christians and Roman Catholics disagree on fundamental theological doctrines is simply unaware of four centuries plus of church history."
"This is really an effort to divert attention from the fact that there is an anti-Christian bias, an anti-Catholic bias, that is evident in this debate over judges," Mohler said.
The hatred that the religious authoritarians have for the Catholic Church is a roaring bonfire. That hate, hate for anyone who sees things differently, is what makes them so powerful, but it can also be their weakness.
Focus on Families wants their big event on Sunday to be about liberal attacks on all religion. If Focus is attacking Catholicism as a religion, it makes it rather hard for them to speak for all religion.
Yes, evangelical Protestants deny the legitimacy of the Pope, and they don't agree on the interpretation of this or that. But that's different from saying it isn't really a church. Mohler is shocked (shocked!) that anyone noticed the difference between disagreeing with the Catholic church and casting aspersions on it.
If this rally is a reflection on the judges in question, it only redoubles my distaste for them. Are they as bigoted as their defenders? As unwilling to respectfully disagree?