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Dobson receives award from secretive group of right-wing leaders.

Focus on the Family founder James C. Dobson received a top award from the secretive Council for National Policy (CNP) during a closed-door meeting in early October.

The CNP, a coalition of top far-right leaders drawn from both the religious and secular spheres, honored Dobson with its "Ronald Reagan Lifetime Achievement Award" during a meeting in Austin. The confab was closed to the media, but a video of Dobson's remarks soon appeared online. His speech was later reposted by CitizenLink, the online voice of Focus on the Family Action.

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During his remarks, Dobson harshly attacked President Barack Obama, portraying the United States as a nation on the verge of losing its freedoms. He said the country is in more danger than any time since the Civil War.

Dobson noted that he has been a member of the CNP since 1981. He railed against the "sexual revolution" of the 1960s and blasted states for adopting no-fault divorce laws and changes in the federal tax code that he says penalize married couples.

In the 1960s, Dobson carped, "The whole Judeo-Christian system of values came under attack." He criticized obstreperous young people who ran wild and took drugs, even taking a potshot at the Beatles.

Dobson went on to criticize efforts to pass the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s, calling it an effort to codify "the entire feminist agenda into the Constitution. We would have never recovered from that."

The election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, Dobson told the crowd, thrilled and excited evangelicals. He discussed his meetings with Reagan in the 1980s in awed terms, at times almost choking up.

Today, Dobson said, the situation is dire. Obama, he asserted, "does not seem to understand anything that Ronald Reagan stood for."

Asserted Dobson, "I don't believe there is a single policy decision that Barack Obama has made that I agree with, and many of them are terrifying in their implications."

He added, "We are in greater danger right now, I think, than at any rime since the Civil War. We have to use all of our resources ... to fight for the things we believe."

Dobson called for no "anger or vilification" but closed with a militantly partisan appeal.

"It's time," he said, "that the people took the country back.... I think and pray that they have the opportunity to recapture the Congress or at least paralyze the hard left and save America from national disaster."

The Dallas Morning News reported that prior to the meeting, Texas Gov. Rick Perry hosted a reception for the CNP at the Capitol Building in Austin.

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Title Annotation:PEOPLE & EVENTS; James C. Dobson
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Date:Nov 1, 2009
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