Dobson criticizes Obama on religion: The Swamp
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James Dobson says the candidate for president has disorted the Bible.

Posted June 24, 2008 9:00 AM

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by Katie Fretland

James DobsonAn influential conservative figure criticizes Sen. Barack Obama on religion today in a radio segment saying the candidate for president has distorted the Bible and pushed a "fruitcake interpretation" of the Constitution.

James Dobson, founder of the Christian group Focus on the Family, attacks Obama's previous comments on specific Bible passages. Obama has said chapters like Leviticus suggest slavery is OK, but eating shellfish is wrong. Obama also said Jesus' Sermon on the Mount is "a passage that is so radical that it's doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application."

Dobson says he thinks Obama is ""deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own worldview, his own confused theology,"according to an advance copy of his segment given The Associated Press.

"... He is dragging biblical understanding through the gutter."

Robert Gibbs, communications director for Obama, responded this morning on MSNBC's Morning Joe.

"It's an odd and curious statement, to say the least,'' Gibbs said.

"I think it's a truly odd statement,'' he said of Dobson's comments. "Barack will continue to reach out in bringing people together.''

Dobson also attacks Obama on his support for abortion rights,

He says Obama, who supports abortion rights, is trying to govern by the "lowest common denominator of morality," which is "a fruitcake interpretation of the Constitution," Dobson says.

"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 says. "What he's trying to say here is unless everybody agrees, we have no right to fight for what we believe."

During a June 2006 speech at the liberal Christian group, Call to Renewal, Obama referred directly to Dobson.

"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?"

The Obama campaign's director of religious affairs said in a statement that Obama's complete speech showed that he is committed to reaching out to people of faith, AP reports.

"Obama is proud to have the support of millions of Americans of faith and looks forward to working across religious lines to bring our country together," Joshua DuBois said.

Dobson has also said that he could not vote for John McCain and has suggested that he might not vote for president.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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"I cannot, and will not, vote for Senator John McCain, as a matter of conscience."

-James Dobson. Feb. 2008

Wanna bet?

If people don't walk, talk, breathe, sleep, think like Dobson, you're so wrong. What--is Dobson "threatening" us because he may not for for president? Big freakin' deal! Get over yourself, Dobson.

It's interesting to finally see how Rev. Wright's gutter misinterpretation of Christianity has influenced Obama's religious and political views.

Is Dobson a raving lunatic?

Dobson wants to have it both ways. He doesn't want to break his pledge of not endorsing McCain into heaven but he wants to continue his pledge to condemn the Democrats to hell. Mr. "Focus on the Family" is only focusing on his own family. He clings to his bible after babies are conceived and closets it after they come out the womb. "Let God be true and all men liars."

Dobson is a witch hunter from the crusades. "Fruitcake" is the conservative code-word for Gay. These folks are evil. I guess people love that money so much that they are willing to do whatever it takes to stay in power. These religious leaders are Billionaires, and they make Rev. Wright look like a guppy in the ocean. This is the group Bush used to put him in office. Worst thing that ever happened to 90% of us. But those 10 percenters got theirs. Evil.

I thought the Bible was left up to one's own interpetation. On another note, one of the great things about this country is that of each and every individual is given the opportunity to practice the religion of their choosing however they choose..

Geeze when people make comments like this they act like extremists. I say they should be on Governmental watch lists.

Hmmmm...let's see. A flagrantly religious person criticizes someone for their interpretations of the Bible? What's this world coming to?!

...Like it was something other than the same-stuff-different-day.

Read or listen to the comments of Dobson and you will have a working definition of demagoguery. The demagog does not want you to think for yourself because that would loosen his control. The demagog consistently distorts facts and traditions to serve his own self-aggrandizing purposes and loudly damns those who differ. Dobson's idea of the Bible is whatever he says it is. Obama's comments are more in line with what actually is found there. And Obama is right when he says people don't read the Bible. That's how charlatans like Dobson and that ilk get away with their scams.

This is just another obvious attempt of right wing conservatives trying to hold onto power. It reminds me of a bumper sticker I once seen that said, "Focus On Your Own Damn Family!"

He Dobson is distorting the bible. Why does he go to church on Sunday and not Saturday (7th day) according to God! Obama is not a preacher so cannot be held to the same standard as Dobson.

Dobson says he thinks Obama is ""deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own worldview, his own confused theology,"

As opposed to the what the religious right has done with it to promote wars, religious bigotry and hatred? What a hypocrite. Not that I would expected anything sensible from Dobson's warped views.

Dr. Dobson, please understand that we are not electing a new spiritual leader. The candidates' religious beliefs are none of our business and have no bearing on our need for a new direction in Washington.

Today's news: James Dobson and Don Imus
Who cares what latest stupidity comes out of their mouths?? Apparently the media thinks we care. A good day to go to the beach.

Dr. Dobson is trying to make himself relevant in an election where the "religious right" is not going to have any relevance. By his own admission, he may not vote. And I for one am grateful.

Dobson's religion is harsh, restrictive and punitive. One of the most significant aspects of Jesus' life was his acceptance of the least amoung us. Dobson needs to understand that Jesus' knew good men would make the world better with love, not condemnation.

Poor Dobson. He doesn't like anyone, especially folks who actually live their faith and reach out to people, instead of demonizing and isolating them.

Most of all, Pastor Dobson resents being on the sidelines, with no one listening to him.

Guess he'll have to vote for himself.

He's obviously the only person who understands both the Bible and the US Constitution so well.

Must we bear these ignorant dolts as news anymore? Why isn't he stoning adulterers. Why does he have an amazingly simplistic and wrongheaded view of the Constitution.

Dobson should be exiled to soem island somewhere without means of communication, all he is doing is projecting his own inadequacies and awful interpretations of the bible (a fiction work) and the Constitution, projecting them on Obama. Thank god such stupidity seems to be working against these badly educated evangelical clowns now.

If 2006 didn't stick with them, if the Democrats, despite their amazing timidity and cowardace in Congress, sweep the Republicans again: what will it take to finally rid ourselves of these backwards thinking , non-progressive, rather Dark Ages, Stone Age fools?

Having read extensively about Dr. Dobson, it does not surprise me that he objects to anyone who is a real believer. In his "book", you either follow him or others of his ilk or you are not a Christian. In my book, he and those who are like him are simply agents of confusion and not to be taken seriously

As a college student and member of the upcoming "Youth vote", I think it is well within my right to point out the hypocrisy of Mr. Dobson. Implying that the Constituition is a "quick right" of the Bible is sketchy enough, as he and other high-end religiously influencial people must due to their constant battles against things that logically are in no means against the Constitution as it was written. The founding Fathers included nothing about abortion, nothing about homosexual rights, nothing about religious values in the original draft that Obama is "fruitcaking up". Yet every time an act tries to pass where these (and many more) things are saaught to be clarified, figures like Dobson fight them.

Obama has a very good point when he points out the ludicrosy of applying Bible to law (in the case of homosexuality or sodomy). It would appear that perhaps Obama's view of Church and State isn't the one being warped to fit his own ends.

Mr. Dobson:
You have done great things in your life, but if you aren't going to vote in the upcoming election, please do us a favor and stop mudslinging.
For shame.

It's interesting to finally see how Rev. Wright's gutter misinterpretation of Christianity has influenced Obama's religious and political views.

Posted by: RM | June 24, 2008 9:30 AM

It's amazing how you've gleaned all of that from Dobson's diatribe.
Care to expand on exactly what you've seen, courtesy of Dobson's eyes?

What keeps Dobson awake at night, and most religious conservatives, is the fear that someone somewhere is having a good time.

Mr. Dobson is a nihilist. He's one of the select group who speaks to Dubya Saturday mornings, to promote the interests of Israel, because Israel needs to exist to bring about the apocalypse. In other words, Dobson seeks to kill most of us in order to fix the world. He's a miserable cowardly fool who should logically either kill himself or learn to deal with life, but in his cowardice seeks to "fix" the world in his image.

So let me see if I understand this correctly. Dobson is "An influential conservative figure..." who believes that Obama is "deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own worldview, his own confused theology..."

With over 34,000 different Christian groups worldwide, exactly what IS the traditional understanding of the Bible?

Dobson's use of the word "traditional" conjures up images of him dancing around a burning cross wearing his "traditional" outfit...a white hood and stained bedsheet.

The fact that Dobson is considered an "influential conservative figure" should give any intelligent person who may be riding the political fence plenty of reasons for running, not walking, to their local Obama campaign headquarters and begging forgiveness for ever doubting that Obama is the ONLY candidate who deserves to be president.

Then, these poor, misled, conservative-believing sheep should all go home, burn their boring neckties, turn off the Fox network, skip their weekly haircuts, rinse their mouths out with herbal tea and a 1994 Caymus Cabernet, and wait in the darkness contemplating their shame and the stupidity of their ways, until the elections are over, or until they have come to terms with the fact that anything connected to Dobson is poisoned, idiotic, hypocritical, subversive and smells like the rotting meat stuck between their unflossed teeth; which ever comes first.

Thanks for considering my “traditional” view of politics.

What, the good old boys, Robertson, Hagee, Richard Roberts and Jimmy Swaggert were all too busy counting their monies or their many hateful statements they are preparing for the upcoming presidential election. Get thee, gone , you hate-mongers!!

Dobson is an influential conservative? From the comments above, it looks like his main acheivement has been to convince people that he's a demogogue and a hypocrite. Is that how you influence conservatives?

Dobson does not speak for all, or even most, Christians. Most of us are ashamed of his hatemongering. Proof: the speech Dobson criticized was given to an evangelical Christian audience, and was very warmly received by them. Dobson’s blabbermouth makes great copy, but to learn what Christians really believe it would be better to quote Jim Wallis, Rick Warren, Tony Campolo or Mark Hanson, just to name a few. As Senator Obama said in the very speech Dobson criticized, “No matter how religious they may or may not be, people are tired of seeing faith used as a tool of attack. They don’t want faith used to belittle or to divide.” Amen to that.

Dobson's poor articulation does not help..

The bottom line here though is that Obama ( like Kerry in 04) are having to reconcile their pandering to abortion rights voters- and the christian abhorence to abortion.

Obama wants it both ways- to appear to have christian values-and to also not alienate pro choice voters..

This is not a new concept- and should be pretty easy for Obama "the slippery one" to navigate.

Just throw our some dishonest rhetoric and then shout yes we can- and the masses will swoon.

The way Obama distorts the Bible was probably learned in the 20 years spent with Wright. But, this is indicitive of how Obama will distort everything to suit him if he should get elected. Kind of like what we now have with Bush. Interpreting everything to suit his way of doing things, like the Iraq war. I guess you could say that if Obama is elected we will have another decider in the Whitehouse.

Dobson (and others of his ilk) has been described as not so much "Christian" as "Dominionist", meaning that their views of Christianity dictate that they are the ones who interpret god's word, THEY decide who's "good enough" to be saved when jesus x comes down to throw all us evil sinners who DON'T believe in things the way Dobson does into the bowels of hell, THEY sit in judgment over what we do and what we don't do, and they get to set up the New World Order the way they say it ought to be set up.

I believe (for what it matters) that it's DOBSON et al who are the ones distorting the bible.

The important thing to remember, though, is that these guys are DEAD serious about what they're doing, and they're set on making sure that we change from a Constitutionally-ordered society here in America to one dictated by the bible. In that respect, they're more like the Islamic Fundamentalists (despite their insistence that Muslims worship a different god, which just plain isn't true) than they are like you and me. Do NOT turn your back on any of these people!

meaning that their views of Christianity dictate that they are the ones who interpret god's word,
Posted by: Op109 | June 24, 2008 12:02 PM

That's why the fit so well with the right. The right will dictate who is "good enough" to be American.

"What keeps Dobson awake at night, and most religious conservatives, is the fear that someone somewhere is having a good time.

Posted by: C.Morris | June 24, 2008 10:52 AM "

Ah, but keep in mind that historically these folks have had some good times that would fit perfectly on a Girls Gone Wild video.

Why do the FOF freaks get tax exemptions to peddle their hate?

In determining whether an organization that advocates a particular point of view is educational or not, IRS examiners are supposed to follow Revenue Procedure 86-43, 1986-2 C.B. 729. These guidelines further clarify the distinction between education and propaganda. They provide that the presence of any of the following factors in presentations made by an organization is indicative that the organization is not educational:
1. The presentation of viewpoints unsupported by facts is a significant portion of the organization's communications.
2. The facts that purport to support the viewpoints are distorted.
3. The organization's presentations make substantial use of inflammatory and disparaging terms and express conclusions more on the basis of strong emotional feelings than of objective evaluations.
4.The approach used in the organization's presentations is not aimed at developing an understanding on the part of the intended audience or readership because it does not consider their background or training in the subject matter.

He says Obama, who supports abortion rights, is trying to govern by the "lowest common denominator of morality," which is "a fruitcake interpretation of the Constitution," Dobson says.

ALL LIBERALS have "a fruitcake interpretation of the Constitution". It is apparently a required measure of their zealotry for the cause, comrade. Definitely one of the more scarrier aspects of entrusting them with this kind of power.

There's a reason why we Catholics have a Pope. It is so that some run-of-the-mill would-be pastor doesn't assume the position of religious vicar.

Unfortunately for the rest of you, you're stuck with (take your pick) the Robertsons, Falwells, Dobsons, Haggee, Wrights of the world.

What a knucklehead! Why does anyone --especially those in the media--pay attention to this crackpot minister?

He gets what he wants: publicity for his brand of hate and bigotry. But those of us who are Christians are once again embarassed by a "leader" who neither speaks for us, nor represents what Christianity is all about.

For everyone attacking James Dobson, you all forget that during the time Obama gave this speech, he was still a member of Jeremiah Wright's church. He was under the teachings of Jeremiah Wright for 20 years! Trust me, his interpretation of the bible should be a distorted after all that time. Unfortunately, Obama is not someone who thinks on his own but makes his decision only based on what other people think is popular and not by his own beliefs. What a shame.

Dobson: 21st Century Pharisee.

Truth is NEVER negotiable, but you who are so igorant of God's Word think self-righteously believe you know more than God. Wake up, Dobson is trying to prevent your eternal demise.

I agree with James Dobson, we need someone in office who has a spiritual relationship w/ God. Go back to your roots, we were founded on biblical principles. The government is slowly taking away our rights as christians before it's over there will not be a right or wrong in this country. People already donot understand the Bible because of their own interpretation.. If people would get on there face and pray, seek God and then read the Bible, then maybe they would have a true revelation. The US is going to know who the Alpha and Omega is cause he's gonna bring us to our knees if we don't return to him on our own. Remember 911. That wasn't just a terrorist attack that was GOD almighty showing us what it's like without his hand on us. Without his protection!!!

I don't understand all the hatred towards a man who has done nothing but try to promote the sanctity of strong families. Dr. Dobson has a Phd in child physcology from USC. He is not a pastor, but the basis for his beliefs in the raising of children is firmly rooted in biblical principals.

The context of Obama's speech starts as seemingly reaching out to all conservatives, but then ends with basically saying Christians more than anyone have to adapt to the values of the world in order to be accepted. Is that what your teachings on Jesus Christ have taught you, Sen Obama? You may want to go back and read your bible.

Here is a link to a piece on Obama in the Chicago Sun-Times:,obamafalsani040504.article

Below are some of my own comments on excerpts from the article. I think Dobson is right on the mark.

Obama...I believe that there are many paths to the same place...

Me...Many paths indicate there are ways to heaven other than Jesus Christ. (John 14:6 (ESV) 6Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.) So it seems Obama thinks most other religions can get you to heaven also which is contrary to the born-again christian view.

Obama..."My mother, who I think had as much influence on my values as anybody, was not someone who wore her religion on her sleeve," he says. "We'd go to church for Easter. She wasn't a 'church lady.'"

Me...So she hid her religion he is saying and she is his example? A once a year christian. Not much of a Christ-like example. So if she is his example we can begin to see who he really is.

Obama...In his 1993 memoir, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, Obama describes his mother as "a lonely witness for secular humanism.

Me...Atheists are part of that crowd. Secular Humanism is based on atheism, naturalism, evolution...not christianity. Again here is his example, his mom, that formed him.

Obama..."It's not formal, me getting on my knees," he says. "I think I have an ongoing conversation with God.... I'm constantly asking myself questions about what I'm doing, why I am doing it.

Me...Sounds like he is too good to get on his knees before God. So does he think he is God? He says he has an ongoing conversation with God and then describes that as constantly asking myself questons. So if he thinks asking himself questions is conversation with God then he must think he is God.

CST...Obama doesn't believe he, or anyone else, will go to hell.

Me...Draw your own conclusion but if you don't believe in hell and that people will go there then you don't believe in the Bible and Jesus Christ.

So to wrap up if Obama is going to call himself a christian(American Heritage Dictionary: Professing belief in Jesus as Christ or following the religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus.) then as all christians his words and actions are held accountable to the Word of God. If he's just a pretend christian to lure in the christian vote then he should back off the I'm a christian stance.

Dobson the dullard.

I very much enjoyed hearing Obama attack the Bible. Religion could use a little (OK, a lot) more insulting.


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