"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


in which i alienate another quarter of the readership

Although I have never really understood why it is that anyone would rely upon a child psychologist for advice about for whom to vote, it seems that Dr. James Dobson has once again weighed in on this year's presidential race, and, not suprisingly, he doesn't like Obama. (That's not to say that he likes McCain's, either. He apparently doesn't.)

Dobson's main problem with Obama is that he is supposedly "distorting the Bible" and giving a "fruitcake interpretation" of the Constitution. He is particularly annoyed that Obama has pointed out that in a secular society, purely religiously-based arguments just don't cut it: you have to give a good reason that's acceptable to everyone, regardless of their personal religious belief. I'm inclined to agree, given that the Founders explicitly prohibited our country from being a theocracy.

I am quite certain that most of Dobson's listeners won't vote for Obama (or any other Democrat) anyway, so this probably won't have much of an effect on the race. But I do find it interesting and disturbing that Dobson apparently believes that Obama's calls to promote justice for those in need are somehow out of line with Biblical teaching. Much as Dobson might want it to be so, the primary message of the Gospel is not about building strong families or sexual ethics. It just isn't, and no honest reading of the text in all its inerrant glory can come up with that conclusion. Jesus - and the Bible as a whole - talked far more about the way individuals and a society treat their poor and disadvantaged than any other topic. And that seems to me to be as important an issue as any for Christians who are trying to pick their candidate in this election.


Blogger Tauratinzwe said...

Dobson's critique of Obama is best directed at himself. One thing is certain, Dobson's "christianity" is certainly not congruent with the Bible. He, and others of the "religious right" (or is that irreligious wrong?) are experts at proof-texting to support their preconceptions. They conveniently ignore all of the Bible that challenges their positions.

Let's go straight to the text and let it speak for itself. Yes, even struggle with those passages we find difficult to accept and those that conflict with other passages in the same Bible. We might learn something. If only humility and knowledge of our own ignorance.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 12:30:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Couldn't have said it better, tauratinzwe.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 10:07:00 PM

Anonymous Chris Marlow said...

i heard that today. very frustrating for sure.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 11:29:00 PM


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