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Bobby Jindal’s Conversion

Don’t miss Robert Costa’s piece in today’s Wall Street Journal, “Rebel With a Cause: Bobby Jindal’s Spiritual Journey.” Bobby Jindal is the governor of my home state of Louisiana. And though he was born into a Hindu family, he converted to Roman Catholicism when he was in high school.

Jindal describes his journey to Christian faith as a long process. But one passage from the Journal article describes a breaking point. Continue Reading →

Dobson and Mohler Oppose Obama Candidacy

I wrote yesterday about Dr. Dobson’s announcement on his radio program that he may in fact support Senator John McCain’s candidacy after all. Dr. Albert Mohler appears on the program with Dr. Dobson, and both men vociferously oppose the candidacy of Senator Barack Obama. They agree that Obama is one of the most liberal candidates ever to run. The broadcast is now available online, and you should listen to it.

“Dr. Dobson Says He ‘Might’ Endorse Sen. McCain” – CitizenLink.com

(HT: albertmohler.com)

Dobson May Support McCain after All

Dr. James Dobson made news in early 2007 saying that he would not support Senator John McCain for President of the United States. Dr. Dobson didn’t mince words in his opinion of McCain:

“I would not vote for John McCain under any circumstances. . . He’s not in favor of traditional marriage, and I pray that we won’t get stuck with him” (see here). Continue Reading →

Abortion, Race, and the NAACP

Yesterday, Senator Barack Obama addressed the 99th annual conference for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). William McGurn of the Wall Street Journal notes why the meeting was important:

“For one thing, the first African-American to head the presidential ticket of a major party was on hand. Yet there was another interesting appearance that went mostly unmentioned. This was a protest by African-American pro-lifers – many NAACP members – who can’t understand why America’s most venerated civil rights organization turns a blind eye to what they say is the abortion industry’s practice of targeting poor minority neighborhoods.” Continue Reading →

Dobson Says Obama Distorts the Scripture

Dr. James Dobson sharply criticized Senator Barack Obama yesterday on the “Focus on the Family” radio program. If you missed it, this is one you’ll want to hear. Among other things, Dr. Dobson said of Obama, “He’s deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own worldview, his own confused theology.” Dobson says that Obama is “dragging biblical understanding through the gutter.”

Dr. Dobson is responding to a speech that Senator Obama gave in 2006 in which Obama compares Dr. Dobson to Rev. Al Sharpton. You can listen to the broadcast below, or visit CitizenLink.org and listen to it there.

The speech to which Dobson is responding is the one that Obama gave at a conference hosted by Jim Wallis in 2006 (read transcript here). I wrote about the speech a couple of weeks ago. Dr. Albert Mohler wrote about Obama’s speech a couple of years ago.

Dobson’s response was uncharacteristically sharp. His urgent opposition to Obama’s candidacy is worthy of note, given his usual, friendly reserve. At the end of the day, Dobson is right. Obama does twist the scripture, and he does so in support of public policies (like gay “marriage” and abortion) that are not consistent with what the Bible teaches. Thus, Dobson was right on the money in confronting Obama.

“Dobson accuses Obama of ‘distorting’ Bible” – by Eric Gorski (Associated Press)

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UPDATE!

Senator Obama has responded to Dobson with these words: “I think you’ll see that he was just making stuff up, maybe for his own purposes.”

Maggie Gallagher on California Gay “Marriage”

Maggie Gallagher on the California Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay “marriage”:

‘If the California decision stands, there simply is no longer any case to be made we have begun to win the war for judicial restraint. If a court can rule that same-sex marriage is a fundamental right (i.e., one deeply rooted in our nation’s traditions) then it can make up anything. Elite legal minds get to figure out what they think and break it to the rest of us once they’ve decided. . . Continue Reading →

President Bush Regrets Being Misunderstood

The Times of London has a fascinating exclusive interview with President Bush. Here’s an excerpt:

‘In an exclusive interview, he expressed regret at the bitter divisions over the war and said that he was troubled about how his country had been misunderstood. “I think that in retrospect I could have used a different tone, a different rhetoric.”

‘Phrases such as “bring them on” or “dead or alive”, he said, “indicated to people that I was, you know, not a man of peace.”‘

When I read those lines, it reminded me of a sermon by John Piper from 2004 in which he rebuked the “swagger” of the President. I think Piper may have seen then what the President is regretting now. You can listen to the relevant portion below. It begins at 46:08.

I won’t reproduce here all of Piper’s remarks. But at 46:08, Piper says this: “Being Christian pilgrims in American culture does not end our influence, it takes the swagger out of it. There’s just so many strutting conservatives, including our President.”

Obama and Religion

In today’s Wall Street Journal, William McGurn praises Senator Barack Obama for a speech that he delivered two years ago on religion and public life. In the speech, Obama rebuked liberals for pushing religious opinions out of the public square. Obama’s take on religion sounds pretty positive, and McGurn’s take on the speech is therefore pretty upbeat as well. You can read Obama’s speech here: “One Nation . . . Under God?Continue Reading →

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