June 24th, 2008
08:38 PM ET

Dr. Dobson and Sen. Obama uncut

James Dobson, one of Christian conservatism's most influential voices, is taking aim at a speech made two years ago by Sen. Barack Obama.

In the speech at a conference of liberal Christians, Obama discussed the role religion can and should play in politics, suggesting it would be impractical to govern soley along Biblical guidelines.

Tonight on AC360° at 10p ET, we'll play excepts from both Dr. Dobson's and Sen. Obama's comments.

If you'd like to hear more, you can link to Dr. Dobson's radio broadcast HERE. The site also shows some excerpts from Sen. Obama's speech.

You can read Sen. Obama's entire 2006 speech HERE. You can also see it on YouTube by searching "Obama Call To Renewal."


Filed under: Raw Politics
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  1. Ismael Medina

    I thank God we still have individuals like James Dobson who will not compromise the truths of the Bible and challenge any person or entity that portrays itself as having faith. We all have faith in something, some in the government, some in man and most in themselves, but to have true faith in God is not what many in this nation still have.

    Ismael CA

    June 24, 2008 at 11:06 pm |
  2. Tom Frayne

    The Bible, in the Judaeo-Christian tradition, is just that – a Judaeo-Christian book. Thus, for Sen. Obama to juxtapose passages from the First and Second Testaments is entirely appropriate. To dismiss the First Testament as somehow superceded by the Second Testament is to deny the Judaeo- part of the Judaeo-Christian tradition.

    June 24, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Christopher

    Claiming that the U.S. is a christian nation is very offensive. North America was already inhabited when Europe brought capitalism and trade.

    Dobson and his ilk would just as soon throw out the Constitution to be replaced by their bible. Thankfully, it is the Constitution that protects us from theocrats like him.

    Keep religion out of school, out of work, away from the courts, and out of politics.

    June 24, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  4. Brandon

    The Dobson comments are exemplary of the attempts by evangelicals to distract voters from the salient issues at hand during this Presidential election cycle rather than have Americans focus on the damage that the candidate whom they backed in 2000 and 2004 has done to this country. They've had their way with this last President for the last 8 years and look where its gotten us. Frankly, with the state of our economy, gas prices, food prices, and the need to end this war in Iraq the whole argument seems rather insignificant. People should be left to draw their own conclusions about their faith and interpretations of the bible have no place in Presidential politics. Sen. Obama has expressed his view and he has the right to do so without being attacked, just as evangelicals should have the right to express their views.

    June 24, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  5. Sean H- Portland, OR

    Cindy, you believe you should live your life biblically, honoring every law. I suppose this means you're an Orthodox Jew, honoring the Torah's many dietary and cleanliness laws (separating yourself from your husband during your time of the month), shunning clothing woven of two fabrics, and sacrificing two turtle doves every time you have a blood discharge, among the many other commandments you rigorously follow. I hope for your sake you had your husband's permission to post in this forum. You can't pick and choose Cindy!

    Of couse, Cindy does not follow every Biblical law and neither does James Dobson. He's chosen to focus on other peoples' sex lives, and issues not mentioned in the Bible – gay marriage and abortion. By focusing on small segments of the population, he avoids alienating his own followers by condemning actions that may hit too close to home. Any time I hear commentators say that "evangelicals" care about gay marriage and abortion, I hope that these evangelicals are being mischaracterized. No American could possibly look at the problems facing our nation and think that our most pressing issues concern the imagined sex lives of total strangers.

    June 24, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  6. Sharon N. Swink

    I can't believe that James Dobson is once again being a pawn in the Republicans hands to reach his listeners. James Dobson has gone so far away from his original ministry (Biblical parenting), I have no respect for him or what he says! Taking things (including comments made in speeches) out of context makes it sound very different from the original speech. God loves truth- NOT SPIN. I am a Christian who is voting for Obama for president. This was my first time voting in a primary (Democrat) since I am registered as unaffiliated.
    Sharon Swink
    Clemmons, NC

    June 24, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  7. Tracey - Boston

    First, the separation of Church and State is based on Jefferson's view of the Anglo Saxons before the Normans conquered England.

    The Anglo Saxon's had a 'relaxed' religion however when the Normans arrived they brought Catholicism 'strict' and forced the Anglo Saxons to obey. It was the Church running the State.

    That is the basis of separation of Church and State !! If people understood their American history this would not be an issue.

    Second, I think this is what Obama was trying to say..and remember the second highest commandment is to love thy neighbor as you love you God the highest is to love thy god with all your heart.

    The Beatitudes

    He said:

    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.

    Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely
    say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

    June 24, 2008 at 9:46 pm |
  8. Sam Johnson

    Religion should stay seperate from politics. To find out EXACTLY why, your should read Letter To A Christian Nation by Sam Harris, or The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. Both excellent books!!

    June 24, 2008 at 9:42 pm |
  9. Stacy

    Cindy, the US is not a Christian nation. The Treaty of Tripoli even states as much: "As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion . . ."

    If you live your life by every law in the Bible does that mean you endorse execution for those who work on the Sabbath? Everyone picks and chooses what to believe when it comes to the Bible. Even James Dobson.

    June 24, 2008 at 9:41 pm |
  10. skipper

    this country was founded on Christian principles, to deny that would be erronous.

    June 24, 2008 at 9:32 pm |
  11. Carol

    Religion should not have ANY role in politics. Separation of church and state.

    The US is supposed to be a melting pot – how can we when the Christians want it all their way or no way.

    June 24, 2008 at 8:52 pm |
  12. Cindy

    What's wrong with living your life in every area of your life by Biblical guidelines? Like the Bible says....

    James 2:10...For whoever shall keep the whole law and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.

    Meaning...you have to live your life by every law in the Bible. You can't pick or choose...even in the governing of your country. Either you are a Christian and a Christian nation or you aren't. You can't live on the fence! If you choose to do that then you are guilty of sinning and not living your life to the fullest as a Christian. Maybe Obama needs to realize that!


    June 24, 2008 at 8:52 pm |
  13. Annie Kate

    Our constitution created a govenment where church and state were separate. I'd like to see it stay that way – while everyone is entitled to their own beliefs I'd like to not have to listen to them or be forced to comply with them. This election in particular I would think we have enough issues to occupy us without throwing religion into the mix.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    June 24, 2008 at 8:48 pm |