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June 24th, 2008
05:17 PM ET

Obama's Bridge to Nowhere

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Tony Perkins
President, Family Research Council

Before Sen. Barack Obama tries to extend his presidential appeal to the faith community, he would do well to understand its core beliefs.

In his daily radio show today, Dr. James Dobson is taking a deeper look at Sen. Obama's a la carte interpretation of God's Word. During today's broadcast, he questions a speech Obama gave in 2006 in which the senator said, "Which passages of Scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is OK and that eating shellfish is abomination? How about Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith? Or should we just stick to the Sermon on the Mount-a passage that is so radical that it's doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application? So before we get carried away, let's read our Bibles."

As Dr. Dobson said on today's show, "I think he's deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own worldview, his own confused theology." He said Obama, who supports radical abortion rights, is trying to govern by the "lowest common denominator of morality," and labeled it "a fruitcake interpretation" of our Constitution.

"Am I required in a democracy to conform my efforts in the political arena to his bloody notion of what is right with regard to the lives of tiny babies?" Dobson said. "What he's trying to say here is unless everybody agrees, we have no right to fight for what we believe."

Obama's statement reflects the Democratic Party's pre-2008 position, which is that you must check your faith at the gate of the public arena. Now that Democrats appear to have gotten religion, Sen. Obama is saying that while he is a Christian, he doesn't think that faith or the Bible should have any role in shaping public policy.

There's either a disconnect between Sen. Obama's faith and the policy positions he holds, or his theology is off. Every Christian – including Dr. Dobson – has the right to evaluate a candidate's use of faith. As Obama tries to build bridges into the Christian community, we have to ask – are these bridges stable or swinging?


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  1. Rose

    I am an Evangelical Christian and as I listen to Obama's faith talk to see how it measures up to his public policy positions I see that in some areas it just doesn't.. Most recently when he went back on his word to accept public financing it centainly didn't show good Christian Character.

    June 24, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  2. lana

    Lets face it. the bible hasn't REALLY affected politics....well ever. You can spout all you want about how you want a candidate who will create and follow laws based on the bible, but if that was the case, how would you justify war? Or not feeding the poor? Or your intense hatred for anyone not just like you? Quit using your bible as a soapbox.

    June 24, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  3. Aware

    I repeat: I have never been a Dr. Dobson fan but I listened to Obama's speech from 2006. And, I have listened to him since. I agree with Dr. Dobson on this one. He could have said a whole lot more!

    Unity at the expense of truth is an unacceptable compromise. Obama uses words to indoctrinate not to enlighten. This means he will say anything to influence the masses (he thinks are ignorant) into accepting his point of view.

    For Obama, it is all about lust for power which means winning the presidency at any cost! At the moment Michelle Obama is under the bus for a makeover 🙁

    Most Americans, including Evangelicals, are not that stupid. They can see through the Obama con. 🙁

    June 24, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  4. Annie Kate

    Sounds like those bridges are swinging to me and that Obama will need to do some work to stabilize them If Obama has a fruitcake interpretation of the Constitution what does that say about Dobson's interpretation? Its never good to mix religion with politics – it just gets ugly – a wise man once said "Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's." Perhaps we should keep that in mind and keep the two separate.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    June 24, 2008 at 9:28 pm |