Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Dobson's myopia

James Dobson had a classic tirade against Obama on his radio show this week. He had this to say:
"I think he's deliber
ately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own worldview, his own confused theology," Dobson said.
"... He is dragging biblical understanding through the gutter."

Hahahaha...yes, let's read that again: "he's deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own worldview, his own confused theology."

What type of person would ever do that? Surely not these evangelical religious right leaders! When they suggest that hurricanes are in response to gay pride parades or that 9/11 was caused by feminists they're not projecting their own world view onto the Bible!

I can't get over how hilarious that is to me. But he was nowhere close to being done.
He said Obama, who supports abortion rights, is trying to govern by the "lowest common denominator of morality," labeling it "a fruitcake interpretation of the Constitution."

All of this is in response to Obama's quotes saying this:
In a speech, Obama is heard saying, "Whatever we once were, we are no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation and a nation of non-believers."

He then adds: "And 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? Would we go with James Dobson's or Al Sharpton's?"

Part of me thinks it would be pretty damn funny to watch these various religious people fight it out over what interpretation of the Bible they would look to if they ever got to impose the religious law they so desperately want.
Dobson took aim at examples Obama cited in asking which Biblical passages should guide public policy — chapters like Leviticus, which Obama said suggests slavery is OK and eating shellfish is an abomination, or Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, "a passage that is so radical that it's doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application."

"Folks haven't been reading their Bibles," Obama said.

I love that. It's great that these religious types always want to throw up the Ten Commandments but never the Beatitudes that tell us that peacemakers, the meek, and the merciful are blessed. Once again, doesn't really fit into their world view.
Dobson replied to this as such:
Dobson and Minnery accused Obama of wrongly equating Old Testament texts and dietary codes that no longer apply to Jesus' teachings in the New Testament.

Personally, I'm pretty stoked that Dobson no longer buys into those Leviticus texts. Guess we can throw all of those out when it comes to homosexuals, right? Sounds good to me. Oh, right, he only likes to pick and choose those passages that fit into his world view. My bad.

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