Bible Smackdown – Obama vs. Dobson
James Dobson who seems to focus on everything but the family these days, criticized a June 2006 speech by Obama, in which Barack suggests that a simple cut and paste job of scripture into the constitution would be problematic. In Obama’s words:
“Which passages of scripture should guide our public policy?” Obama asked in the speech. “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 — a passage that is so radical that it’s doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application?”
Evidently Dobson accused Obama of distorting scripture (it isn’t easy finding a screen big enough for Dobson’s ginormous projector). Obama says Dobson is “making stuff up” (CNN). I’ll say, like a reason to still be bilking folks out of their hard-earned money in order to support his “ministry.”
Dobson may have some fight left in him, but I think Obama is articulating the zeitgeist of a new breed of evangelical who actually bothers to read the WHOLE Bible and doesn’t just pick and choose the bits that support a narrow worldview like that of the Ancien Regime.
I suppose I should be happy about this, since a speech from 2006(!) is the best Dobson could do to in terms of smear. And the smear was over differences in literal Biblical interpretation? Seriously. I have my doubts that McCain could even tell you what Levitical code is. What, you can’t? Well, most of the time I can’t either, but Obama can! And that must just scare the crewnecks right off of Dobson’s blazer covered sweaters.
The only reason Dobson is relevant at all these days, is because he represents exactly who this new generation of Christians does NOT want to be like. So thanks for piping up, Jim. We appreciate the reminder that, in fact, Obama is the most biblically aware of the two candidates.