Dobson accuses Obama of `distorting' Bible to fit his own worldview

United States
June 24, 2008 5:29am CST
Dobson accuses Obama of `distorting' Bible to fit his own worldview, his own confused theology Another day, another example of Obama twisting everything the for his own gain. Is nothing sacred? Even distorting the bible! When is it going to be enough for people to understand that this man is the biggest bag of wind to run in a presidential race. His wind of change is like watching a tornado approach unable to stop it but only wait to see what damage it has caused. When will America waken up and see that enough is enough! COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - 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. The conservative Christian group provided The Associated Press with an advance copy of the pre-taped radio segment, which runs 18 minutes and highlights excerpts of a speech Obama gave in June 2006 to the liberal Christian group Call to Renewal. Obama mentions Dobson in the speech. "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?" referring to the civil rights leader. 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. 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. "I think he's deliberately 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." http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080624/ap_on_el_pr/rel_dobson_obama
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@Latrivia (2890)
• United States
24 Jun 08
Dobson accuses Obama of `distorting' Bible to fit his own worldview
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• United States
28 Jun 08
I seriously think the evangelical leaders are out to take on America just like they did in the 80s and I even grew up listening to Dr. Dobson and really looked up to him about his family values but this is ridiculous. Its like their seriously stuck in a time warp or worse that they've made ANY change an abomination and I didn't think I would go there but if the enemy is out to fool anyone he's certainly gotten them fooled. Are they going to just let opportunities for serious evolution (oh wait, cross that out they do not even believe in it??) to take its natural course.
@raydene (9875)
• United States
24 Jun 08
Hi Sweets I am answering this because you are my friend. ..but I'm tired of the Obama banter... I won't vote for him... and I don't want to vote for McCain either so I just might throw away my vote and write in Willie Nelson! hehe xoxoxoxoxoxo
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• United States
24 Jun 08
Hey raydene, how's it going? Yeah, let's all vote for Willie, though I'm not sure what the name of his party would be.
@cyntrow (8527)
• United States
25 Jun 08
I find it fascinating that Dobson would accuse anyone of distorting anything, especially given his track record of distortions. http://www.waynebesen.com/2008/06/distortions-of-james-dobson.html#comments
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@youdontsay (3503)
• United States
25 Jun 08
Dobson is the kettle calling the skillet black. He is one of the biggest manipulator of scripture there is! I sure wouldn't worry about anything he said - except for the fact that there are people who follow him blindly. Just ask Dobson what Jesus had to say about homosexuality! NOTHING! But Dobson leads the charge against it deliberately distorting the scripture texts.
@cyntrow (8527)
• United States
25 Jun 08
But shouldn't Christians be following the words of Christ and not the words of Paul? Furthermore, if it were that big of a deal to him, wouldn't He have addressed it?
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• United States
25 Jun 08
Absolutely. Jesus didn't think it was a problem worth addressing, apparently. And Paul had other agendas. He believed the end of the world was at hand and advised his male followers not to marry. Had everyone followed that advise the world would have far fewer people! When interpreting the scripture it is important to understand the times and what was going on then. The scripture was written for the people of the time. Also, much of the meaning is distorted in translation. So it is helpful to read several different translations to see how others translated the passages. Much of the controversial scriptures referred to by Dobson and others are taken from the King James version, which is not the best translation from the original texts. It is actually quite interesting to read a variety of translations.
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• United States
24 Jun 08
I just wish that the religious leaders would stay out of politics and the politicans stay out of religion. This "non-separation" of church and state does nothing more than devide the country even further and take away from the real issues affecting our country. Haven't these religious leaders on both side caused enough harm during this campaign season? It seems as if they aren't satified with mentoring to their congregations and need to be in the spotlight. Boy that "15 minutes of fame" seems to have some long-lasting effects. Lloyd
• United States
24 Jun 08
I agree these are two subjects that should not be mixed. Have not seen you around for while Lloyd, nice to hear from you again.
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• United States
25 Jun 08
Hello Whiteheather. I've been very busy over the last year. It's good to be back at myLot. Lloyd
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
27 Jun 08
I dont know I just know I never liked him from the start and even if he does get the vote I really dont think that he will last long we have to many people out there that are realy radical about their veiws on things and he just might get elimanated. BUt I just hope he dont get the vote so no one goes to jail over him
• United States
27 Jun 08
You are so right Lakota. There have been better men than him assinated. Right from the very start of his campaign he had to have extra secret service guys watching out for his safety.
• United States
28 Jun 08
Unfortunately, some Christians "follow" the leader who speaks the loudest instead of following Christ. Obama's comment just brings that point home. Which version of Christianity would indeed be applied to the law in America? It's a very good point. Look at all the denominations who believe their way is right and everyone else is wrong. Yet there are many quiet Christians, struggling to find true believers who "understand" the teachings of Christ and understand what we are to do as stated in the book of Matthew chapter 25, by Jesus himself. It really doesn't matter if we "like" a candidate or not, we are to choose the person we believe would run the country the best. As an Independent, I have not decided yet, but am following both candidates carefully. Unlike many other Christians, such as Dobson, I am not looking for the best Christian, I am looking for the best President. Focusing on just one or two issues is not enough. There are many issues to be considered. Meanwhile, may God bless and protect the candidates and their families. They have more courage than most of us do.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
24 Jul 08
thanks for BR
@sunshinecup (7882)
26 Jul 08
Awwwww girl, I wish I could see one politician that DIDN'T use the Bible for their own gain. Heck they twist it, turn it, stand on it and even sometimes beat us all over the head with it, but sadly very few actually have read it. I don't know who the heck I will vote for, can't go Obama or McCain. Whose running for Independents?? LOL
• United States
26 Jul 08
OMG IT'S YOU!!!! Where have you been? I have often thought about you and MISSED YOU! So happy to see that you are back. Actually I am so sick of Obama and McCain is not much better. I am also checking out Independents as in good conscience I can't vote for either of our two choices.
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
25 Jun 08
Obama has not read that part where God gave Peter a vision of a sheet full of unclean things (including shellfish) and told him to kill and eat. Obama is mixing up parts of the Bible, and saying something is right and something is wrong according to his interpretation. What is his reason for saying so? Slavery is wrong, because we no longer have to take care of criminals ourselves, and we now have social services, prisoners are returned to their own country after the war is over and churches to help those in need so parents do not have to sell their children and children no longer have to work to pay back their owners and kidnapping is a crime. It is not that slavery is wrong or right, it is that the conditions where slavery was right no longer exist. And since the conditions no longer exist, it is wrong to force someone to work for no pay. It makes you a greedy selfish scumbag. And the same, Jesus made the dietary laws of the Old Testament no longer valid. So the conditions where it was wrong to eat shellfish and pork (they did not know that you had to heat pork thoroughly or there were certain months not to eat shellfish then) no longer exist.
@cyntrow (8527)
• United States
25 Jun 08
And since natural procreation is no longer necessary, gay men and women are free to be how they were naturally created.
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• Canada
25 Jun 08
That's politics for you. Everyone's accusing everyone else of something. I have just spent a half a year in the USA, during which time I developed a severe case of political burnout. I haen't picked up an American newspaper or newsmagazine or even watched TV since I ame back to Canada, a couple o months ago.
• United States
28 Jun 08
can I come visit, I love Canada and man you guys take recycling serious--now thats getting the job done, not just boring politics. I really look up to Canada after making my visit to toronto and seriously wish to move there one day so my voice can be heard.
@MntlWard (880)
• United States
25 Jun 08
Obama wasn't distorting any part of the Bible. He was pointing out that if America was to truly follow every word of the Bible, then (using a couple of his examples) eating shellfish would be a crime, and we'd have no defense department. Even most Christians wouldn't go for that. I'd suggest finding the whole video and listening to what he has to say.