As you can imagine, I don’t particularly care for James Dobson. I’ve never heard the man make one statement with which I agree and I think he has a very limited view on God and Jesus that belongs back in the stone age. Further, I believe that Dobson, his Focus on the Family and other right-wing Christian groups have such a limited knowledge of that which is good for the country that they miss the big picture, which is why they supported George W. Bush.
That said, Dobson came out today and made comments about a speech Barack Obama made in 2006. You read that right. In order to find a statement that he can jump on and use as a reason good Christian people shouldn’t vote for Obama, Dobson had to reach back into 2006.
Here’s what Obama said:
“Which passages of scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is OK and that eating shellfish is an abomination? Or we could go with Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith? Or should we just stick to the Sermon on the Mount?
“So before we get carried away, let’s read our Bible now. Folks haven’t been reading their Bible.” — quoted from CNN.
He said this in a speech in front of the Christian group Call to Renewal. Nothing he said was wrong or even unreasonable. If we take the Bible literally, as evangelical Christians wish us to do, then we have to take the WHOLE Bible and not just the parts we want.
However; James Dobson said (and I’m quoting from the CNN news article) “Obama should not be referencing antiquated dietary codes and passages from the Old Testament that are no longer relevant to the teachings of the New Testament.” I find that humorous since Focus on the Family is against gay marriage based on Old Testament beliefs (before you write, I don’t believe St. Paul mentioned gays. The passage was about men loving boys, which is sick.).
In closing, I’d like to just say that this just shows that the right wing Christians are running scared. Someone who doesn’t pander to them just might be elected President and their outdated views of the Bible and a just society might die with this election. The tide is turning against them and they now just have to ruffle feathers so we don’t forget that they’re there.