Dorian Davis, a contributing writer to Business Week and the New York Daily News, claims that James Dobson, in one of his books, compared gay marriage to Pearl Harbor. Here’s Davis’s quote:
James Dobson, in his 2004 book Marriage Under Fire, casts same-sex marriage as a threat to civilization, comparing it at one point to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Davis makes this claim in a very interesting and astute analysis of gay marriage and the Republican party, which you can find at this link: http://americasfuture.org/doublethink/2008/06/i-dont-but-i-might-soon/ .
Obviously, Dobson’s analogy is, to be polite, strained, and, if applied seriously, would make for ridiculous public policy.
If, for example, the 100,000 gay couples in California represent a Pearl Harbor level existential threat to the country, would Dobson wish to do with gay couples what California did with Japanese Americans during World War II?
As you will recall, through the duration of World War II, California set up internment camps along the eastern side of the Sierras to isolate and monitor Japanese Californians. In other words, they were under arrest, and detained against their will, not for any particular crimes that they had committed, but because of who they were, and the threat they supposedy represented to the American war effort.
I seriously doubt, for example, that Dr. Dobson would ever actually propose the reopening of the Japanese internment camp at Manzanar for gay couples.
But if he wouldn’t, then why did he make the analogy between gay marriage and Pearl Harbor at all? How, exactly, are they analogous, and what are the consequences of the analogy supposed to be?
Dr. Dobson? Dr. Dobson?
To read the Wikipidia article on Manzanar, here’s the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manzanar