Doug Wead, an evangelical Christian and former confidant of President Bush, has become an outcast among some conservative Christian leaders after he shared tapes with the New York Times that recorded private conversations with Bush. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, told the Times that he was “shocked” by Wead’s “breach of trust.” The tapes were made when Bush was governor of Texas. Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention said the actions by Wead, who has written a book on the parents of presidents, weren’t “all that great a career move if he wants to speak at evangelical events.” The Times reported February 20 that Wead recorded private discussions in which Bush said he had been pressured by some religious conservatives to criticize homosexuals, and apparently alluded to having smoked marijuana.


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