Dobson vs. Obama

Renowned evangelical Christian James Dobson will be giving a monologue today on his radio program Focus on the Family criticizing Barack Obama. I’d listen to it myself, but I don’t know where or even if, Dobson’s program is broadcast here in Chicago (for some reason I doubt it). I’ll have to wait for the transcript to come out afterwards. For those who don’t know Focus on the Family is a nonprofit organization Dobson founded in 1977, as part of his role in the organization he produces his daily radio show.

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.

I couldn’t agree more Senator. Perhaps if you had attended a church with a Pastor that actually preaches Christianity rather than one who rants about how America got what it deserved on 9/11, developed diseases to kill off the black population, and the now infamous “God damn America”, you might have a better understanding of the Bible yourself.

As most people (even atheists) know, the Bible is divided up into two main sections, the Old Testament, and the New Testament. Tthe Old Testament contains the rules and laws that God gave the people if Israel to follow, while the New Testament contains the story of Jesus Christ, God’s son, sent to die for all the sins of mankind. This sacrifice is what freed everyone from all the formal rules and restrictions of the Old Testament. Something I think every Christian has, or at least should have, a basic understanding of.

What about the question Obama posts regarding whose Christianity we would teach in schools? I have no doubt that if Obama was forced to answer his own question he would side with his good buddy Al Sharpton. I mean, who wouldn’t? With Sharpton’s Christianity, there’s apparently nothing sinful about tax evasion or shaking down major corporations for payouts to avoid a boycott. Sounds like fun!

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