Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Dr. James Dobson vs. Obama

I'm not going to lie, I think this little quarrel is so insignificant and stupid. Why am I writing about it? Because I feel like it. Ha! So there. Many in the conservative world respect Dr. Dobson. I think he does great work with his Focus on the Family organization. However, there are plenty of things to criticize the Senator about and fighting over Biblical interpretation shouldn't be one of them. Obama has church issues there is no doubt about it. But I don't see Dobson as the end all interpreter of the Bible. We have bigger fish to fry than to nit-pick what Obama said 2 years ago regarding the Bible. Obama has a right to believe what he wants and Dobson has the right to bloviate in like manner. Both are interpreting and leave it at that. Dobson just sounds like a sanctimonious blowhard that thinks he speaks for most religious people and Memo: To: Dr.Dobson: Shut it. Biblical knowledge and fluency should not be a litmus test for the Presidency. Its very tiring to hear evangelicals streamline their views in the republican party and then call out another person's beliefs. Evangelicals do not define who is and is not a christian. Question Obama on his choice in pastor's, but this is just plain religious bigotry. In this situation, Obama clearly should blast the doctor. He has and he has my blessing. My Mormon blessing. Read more about it here: Dr. Dobson

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bless your little pea-pickin' heart Nikki Richards. Hear! Hear!

Nikki said...

I think I know you who you are anonymous...I have some sweet software that helps me figure that stuff out

ba and the boys said...

i so agree about preachers of any kind telling politicains what they should believe. if they want a president who believes exactly what they do-then VOTE FOR YOURSELF!

CHATTI PATTI said...

Nikki, what the h-e double toothpick did Dobson do? I tried calling you via land land, but you were unavailable! Call me on my cell phone. Ciao, Chica!

Sandi said...

I totally agree. A person's interpretation of the Bible is SO not important to how he/she would run a country, run a business, or be a productive member of society. Nor is whether or not a person goes to church, what church they go to. Wasn't there something about separation of church and state a long time ago?? I seem to remember hearing about that.

Marbles said...

There is a reason why this is a bit more important than you might think. Obama's views on the Bible are the same as his views on the Constitution(both documents containing laws). Obama believes that we need to take modern opinions and mores into account when 'interpreting' either document. 'Interpreting' the contitution means getting around the legislative or amendment process just as 'interpreting' the bible based on opinion polls means man telling God what His law is.

namaste said...

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Nikki said...

Patti, I added the link to clarify the conflict...chat soon. :)N

Sandi are we agreeing on this? I won't tell anyone! haha :)N

Marbles I think you make a great point and its one I hadn't thought of. His interpretation on many things is scary to me and how he reached the end result is insignificant. The result sucks no matter what path he took to get there! I think in essence we agree. Thanks for the comment!:)N

Maria, the weather is nice. Its very warm and most salt lakers think it is hot and I think they are wussies cuz I think it is quite nice...and I will talk to you later on chickie! :)N

DB said...

Dobson's a complete douche ;-) Interpreting the Bible however one wants is about as Christian as it gets. I don't see the issue. Obama's problem is that he is even discussing the issue, which then makes it an issue. What does it have to do with anything going on? Economy? War? What? Ok, so he can interpret the Bible, congrats. How is he going to approach today's issues? At least McCain isn't playing with religion to get the votes (too much at least).

And Marbles, please clarify why it is wrong to take modern opinions and mores to interpret the constitution. Would slavery, suffrage, prohibition, etc be such opinions? All amendments change the contitution in one way or another and those are based off modern opinions and mores. The Constitution was written to allow change as society changes. What is the point of the Supreme Court (or any court) if they didn't have to interpret what is apparently clear?

Nikki said...

DB, Dobson was referring to something Obama said in a speech 2 years ago...he can opine about it all he wants on his show and I just think he is out of line, not that he should stop, he can pound the Obama Bible point all day as far as I am concerned, but prepare to hear about it and I think the religious rift it causes is not worth it and frankly wrong...:)N

DB said...

Yeah, I have heard it and it is nothing that hasn't been said before. You are right, this is an old issue. If anything, Dobson should jumpo on the video of Obama saying that Separation of Church and State is needed now more than ever. That one at least would be deserving of the religious right's attention.

Z said...

I'm with marbles...every word.

Righty64 said...

In general, I could agree with you. I am not a "follower" of Dr. Dobson, but I do agree with the general point. And, if you listen to the speech, it is straight out of the "Rev." Jeremiah Wright handbook. It is a back-handed slam against many a person of faith. And yes, he does a good job misstating a lot of biblical passages to make his points. It shows that he was NOT so removed from the rantings of the "Rev." Wright after all. You can take the parishoner out of Trinity UCC, but not the Trinity UCC out of the parishoner! BTW, are you in the congressional district that Chris Cannon represents? What do you think about him being defeated? I think it is a good thing.

Nikki said...

Hey righty, I didn't know that aspect of Obama's speech and I still think its not the doc's place to correct though it is his right. There is however no doubt that Barack subscribes to the reverend wright's doctrine...that my friend is for sure! The Chris Cannon thing is a shocker I guess, we have only recently moved back to Utah so I am not so up on the local stuff. From what I hear this new guy is awesome and more conservative than Chris who was the most conservative rep. in the house. He is a very dynamic handsome guy and I think a rising star in the republican party, and we need those don't we! :)N

Z said...

We can ALWAYS use "dynamic handsome guys", girl! tee hee!!

CHATTI PATTI said...

I've enjoyed listening to Dobson for over 2 decades. I can hardly believe that he is enetering the arena of insanity. He needs to shut his pie-hole before he goes down with John Hagee and Rev Wright. Shame.