Uh oh. Barack Obama might be losing all the tens and tens of evangelicals he's worked so hard getting…
As Barack Obama broadens his outreach to evangelical voters, one of the movement's biggest names, James Dobson, accuses the likely Democratic presidential nominee of distorting the Bible and pushing a "fruitcake interpretation" of the Constitution.
Loathe as I am to admit it, I think we'd better listen to James Dobson on this one. If there's anybody who knows about distorting the Bible to suit his own personal needs, it's him…
Dobson took aim at examples Obama cited in asking which Biblical passages should guide public policy — chapters like Leviticus, which Obama said suggests slavery is OK and eating shellfish is an abomination, or Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, "a passage that is so radical that it's doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application."
"Folks haven't been reading their Bibles," Obama said.
Um, maybe the problem is that they have been reading their Bibles. I'm just sayin'.
Dobson and Minnery accused Obama of wrongly equating Old Testament texts and dietary codes that no longer apply to Jesus' teachings in the New Testament.
"I think he's deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own worldview, his own confused theology," Dobson said. "… He is dragging biblical understanding through the gutter."
Gather 'round, children. The irony is growing plump and juicy on the vine. It's going to be an joyous irony harvest come fall.
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