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Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell is Senior Pastor of Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. Windsor is the largest United Methodist Church in the nation. He is one of President George W. Bush's most influential spiritual advisors. Today he sent this letter to his supporters:
Senior Pastor, Windsor Village United Methodist Church
My name is Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell. Some folks know me as one of President Bush's spiritual advisors. I'm also a strong supporter of Barack Obama, because he's a Christian who's unashamed of his faith and wants to bring Americans of all faiths and backgrounds together.
Today, Dr. James Dobson from Focus on the Family attacked Barack Obama for a thoughtful, powerful speech that Obama delivered on faith and politics in June of 2006. You can read Obama's speech here and Dobson's attack here.
In his speech, Obama spoke about his own Christian journey. He called on progressives to recognize the power of faith in the lives of millions of Americans. He called on conservatives to uphold the separation of church and state. And he called on both sides to work together to find common ground.
I didn't agree with everything in his speech, but I agreed with Obama's courage, his compassion and his message of healing.
But what did Dr. Dobson say in response?
He called Obama's view of the constitution "fruitcake." He said that Obama was "deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible."
And he charged Obama with going to the "lowest common denominator of morality."
Normally, folks don't respond to overheated charges like Dobson's. But not any more.
We have created JamesDobsonDoesntSpeakForMe.com to send a message to Dr.
Dobson and the entire country that it's not OK to launch faith-based attacks on other Christians. I am asking American Christians to visit JamesDobsonDoesntSpeakForMe.com and sign the statement below today. Tell Dr.
Dobson that he doesn't speak for you when he attacks Barack Obama.
We've already had a number of prominent signers. We hope you'll add your name to the list.
Please go to JamesDobsonDoesntSpeakForMe.com and sign up today. Or you can simply reply to this email with your name, title, house of worship (optional), and any message you'd like to send.
It's time for Christians to stand up to attacks like this. We honor Dr.
Dobson for his service on behalf of American families, but when he unfairly attacks another American, we're here to say: James Dobson Doesn't Speak for Me.
Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell
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