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.[audio:http://focusfamaction.edgeboss.net/download/focusfamaction/c4daily/2008-06-24-daily-c4.mp3]
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.
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.”