The Left is all up in arms over Dr. James Dobson’s statements today criticizing Barack Obama of distorting the Bible.
Here is the AP release:
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…”
“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.”
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.”
“Am I required in a democracy to conform my efforts in the political arena to his bloody notion of what is right with regard to the lives of tiny babies?” Dobson said. “What he’s trying to say here is unless everybody agrees, we have no right to fight for what we believe.”
Audio of Dobson’s broadcast here.
The, uh, “Reverend” Barry Lynn of Americans United moans:
“Dobson is an extremist who wants the government to impose his fundamentalist viewpoint. He simply cannot accept the fact that America is a diverse nation that welcomes people of all faiths and none. His tirade today is deplorable and probably the most insensitive of his career.
“Our Constitution mandates the separation of religion and government,” Lynn concluded. “That means each of us is free to follow our own consciences. Dobson has no right to set himself up as some sort of spiritual dictator who gets to make personal decisions for the rest of us.”
Lynn first statement is mostly true. But if Lynn thinks Dobson is an extremist, then that label would extend to nearly every Founder as well. In truth, it is Lynn who is the extremist. He quotes only a handful of Founders, usually out of context, to suit his agenda. His second sentence is completely inaccurate. Dobson most certainly understands the same thing the Founders understood about the diversity of religions in America. This country is made up predominately of Christians and has always been that way. Other religions are welcome to freely worship here, but Christianity is to be encouraged by the government, according to quotes and speeches during the Constitutional convention. And the third claim is a baseless opinion. Any Christian who understands the Bible should consider it more deplorable to be a hypocrite than a citizen merely criticizing the social stances of a presidential candidate.
His second paragraph is demonstrably wrong and couldn’t be further from the truth.
Here is another extremist liberal who wrote a response letter to Dr. Dobson. How do they come up with this stuff?
Dear Mr. Dobson,
I heard that you believe that Obama is distorting the Bible, and I must say that is a pretty devastating attack coming from a person like you who would obviously never distort the Bible. I mean everybody knows that the Bible is a book that is entirely focused on stem cell research, gay sex, and Sponge Bob cartoons. Look at Jesus, he was clearly a Republican. Never mind all that crap he said about peace and helping the poor and stuff, that is all outdated crap now. If he were still alive today he would clearly be calling to go blow some Iranian ass to kingdom come, and instead of giving aid to the poor there is no doubt he would be pushing to stop a minimum wage increase and working to ensure that our CEOs take home even more money. There is absolutely no doubt in anyone’s mind that if Jesus were alive today he would be waterboarding people for America, and he would be singing along to a Lee Greenwood song while he did it.
We all know that all that liberal crap that Jesus spewed in the Bible is distorting what Jesus’ position would be today so we ignore those parts people and focus on the parts that are important. Like the parts about Jesus hanging out with prostitutes, a tradition that many Republicans have followed him on.
You sure do have an interesting interpretation of the Bible, but I am sure that people will take you seriously when you criticize Obama for distorting the Bible. But that is not all you criticize Obama for Mr. Dobson, you also tell us he has a “fruitcake interpretation” of the Constitution.
You are completely opposed to those fruitcake interpretations though, you demand a barley cake interpretation. As Ezekiel 4:12-15 tells us “thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it with dung that cometh out of man.” The dung that cometh of man Mr. Dobson, that is certainly a verse of the Bible that you have lived up to very well, and that is no distortion.
I’ll admit that Jesus is not a Republican nor a Democrat. But He is far more conservative-minded than liberal. For example, all that stuff in the bible about helping the poor are commandments to individual believers, not governments. When Jesus said, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s,” he laid the basic foundation for conservative government. I realize that reading the bible in context is difficult for liberals, but it is necessary. Side note: one wonders since liberals are unable to grasp biblical concepts in their correct context, how much worse is their interpretation of the Constitution?
I also wonder if the letter writer is aware of the number of times in biblical history God led His people into war and wiped out entire nations. Didn’t think so.
So I’d probably be correct in assuming the writer has no clue what the bible says about making a profit for one’s work. Look at Matthew 25:15-29, a parable Jesus told about risk, entrepreneurs, and profit. Verse 28 is the key verse:
28″ ‘Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. 29For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.
Jesus could have done the liberal thing and had the servant divide the talent (worth more than $1,000) evenly between the other two, after a 40% tax of course. Or he could have had the servant distribute the money to the poor. But Jesus is not a liberal. He believes His followers should receive a reward for their work.
Oh, and for the record, Jesus IS alive today. He’s just doesn’t have an earthly address. If you’re going to criticize someone, at least get their corporeal status correct.
Others: Hot Air.