Dr. Dobson accuses Obama of "distorting" the Bible

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  1. Joe

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    As Barack Obama broadens his outreach to evangelical voters, one of the movement's biggest names, James Dobson, accuses the likely Democratic presidential nominee of distorting the Bible and pushing a "fruitcake interpretation" of the Constitution.

    The criticism, to be aired Tuesday on Dobson's Focus on the Family radio program, comes shortly after an Obama aide suggested a meeting at the organization's headquarters here, said Tom Minnery, senior vice president for government and public policy at Focus on the Family


    http://www.mail.com/Article.aspx?ar...n-Obama.xml&cat=topheadlines&subcat=&pageid=1
     
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    James Dobson's ego and imagined self-importance is only matched by his irrelevance.
     
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    While I agree with Dobson's comments I have to wonder why he has not practiced what he is now preaching. I seem to remember a few years ago when he, along with several Christian leaders, was promoting the heretic Dr. Laura. I have to wonder why he believed it was ok to promote such a heretic as her.
     
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    Dobson should stick with psychology.
     
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    Dobson is allowed to have an opinion just like anyone else, and if Obama wants to be president, much less a public figure, he'd better toughen up and get used to criticism from others.

    I don't hear President Bush whining about all the hateful comments made about him. Hmm. Guess that's what separates the men from the boys.
     
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    I like that!
     
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    The specific criticism Dobson made, as given in yhe article, is valid and Dobson is correct to make it. Obama basicly questioned how the Bible can be a guide for us when it contradicts itself. He sounds like a good, old-fashioned theological liberal. I don't always agree with Dobson, but on yhis, he is correct.
     
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    I'm sorry but I think you have misinterpreted what Obama is saying. He isn't against someone using the Bible for personal guidance. I think he is saying that we could not use the Bible literally to operate our government. There are too many different beliefs concerning God, the Bible, interpretations, etc. for this to work.
     
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    Quote from Obama


    I think that is a pretty good question. Christianity in America is very diverse.

    Who decides which Leviticus laws are to be used for guiding policy and which are not? Leviticus has some pretty wild laws. And I am pretty sure that most fundamentalists and conservatives do not want Jesus' Sermon on the Mount used to determine US military options. The Anabaptist would approve however.
     
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    Obama said...
    "Even if we did have only Christians in our midst, if we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America, whose Christianity would we teach in the schools?" Obama said. "Would we go with James Dobson's or Al Sharpton's?"

    Not to derail, but I didn't know Al Sharpton had any Christianity.
     
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    Some say he does and some say he does not.

    You comment proves the validity of Obama's comment.
     
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    When he said, "Would we go with James Dobson's or Al Sharpton's?" if sounded like he was offering a choice. I see no choice. With James Dobson you have Christianity. With Al Sharpton you have no Christianity. I could be wrong, but I've never heard him say anything that resembled Christianity.
     
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    I know what you are saying. I have never been a fan of Sharpton either. But there are those who are and there are those who think he is a good Christian. I see that as Obama's point, or at least part of it.

    It is the same with others as well. I have talked with people who say that Billy Graham was not a Christian, that he lead people astray.

    I have talked with people who believe that Martin Luther King was not a Christian and others who believe he was a Christian saint.

    Falwell, Oral Roberts, James Kennedy, Robertson, etc., etc., etc. ... same story, same song.

    I believe Obama has a valid point.
     
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    Where has Obama "whined" about Dobson's comment? Or did you just make that up?
     
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    I do believe it was Dobson who was whining.:laugh:
     
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    Did somebody say Obama whined about Dobson's comment? Or did you just make that up?
     
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    OK, I'll take Obama's bait. Here's an argument for the pro-life position without using any scripture. Somewhere it is written, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and are endowed by their creator with certain inailiable rights; that among these are life..."

    The problem with Obama's position, from a political standpoint, is that he disagrees with the founding document. Dobson, as a Christian, agrees with that document and is defending it.
     
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    >I don't hear President Bush whining about all the hateful comments made about him.

    He would if could understand them. <G>
     
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    You mean understandify them. :laugh:
     
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    I never said that, MP. My comment was that I didn't hear Bush whining about the unkind things being said about him. I respect that.

    People are going to have opinions about politicians. How the politicians handle that criticism proves whether or not they are mature enough to handle the job.
     
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