I found myself with some uncharitable thoughts about James Dobson while reading about his criticism of Barack Obama yesterday. I don’t care if Dobson thinks Obama would make a poor president- that’s his prerogative. What drives me nuts is when people like Dr Dobson distort sound bites for, what appears to be, purely political purposes. I expect this sort of thing from political pundits and party spokespeople, but not our Christian leaders.
Thankfully Scott McKnight, a much more articulate blogger than yours truly, has a very thoughtful and charitable response on his blog this morning.
Here’s my take: Dobson and his companion commentator routinely distorted what Obama was saying by rephrasing and capturing what he said in their own context and for their own agendas. For instance, Obama hypothesized (Dobson didn’t get this) what would happen if we moved all nonChristians out of our society. Even then, he was suggesting, we’d have diversity. Then, Obama asked, if we lived out the Bible which parts would we choose? Would it be Leviticus or Deuteronomy — and he brings up shell fish and stoning one’s son — or would it be the Sermon on the Mount, which Obama stated would be difficult for the Defense Dept to apply. Dobson and his guest got into how the OT laws aren’t for today.
I hope you’ll read Scott’s entire post. Anyone hear Dobson’s broadcast yesterday? Any thoughts?
Update: Brian asked for the transcript of the original speech that received Dobson’s criticism. Here it is: