James Dobson said
that Barack Obama is "distorting" the Bible
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. (Emphasis mine.)
So Old Testament texts "no longer apply" now? Odd, because they did just a few years ago
, when Dobson was quoting those same books to attack homosexuality.
The book of Leviticus issues this decree about homosexual behavior: "Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind; it is abomination" (18:22, KJV). Why is that wording so emphatic? Theologians tell us it is because sexual deviancy distorts God's original intention and corrupts the relationship between men, women and their Creator. When God looked at His arrangement in the Garden, he called it "good."
So, which Christianity would we choose to press on our citizenry in order for it to become a "Christian nation"? The Christianity of James Dobson today, when he (rightly) says that the restrictions of the Old Testament were wiped out with the coming of Christ, or the Christianity of Dobson of a few years back, when he used to pick and choose from the Old Testament as the mood struck him?