Wednesday, June 25, 2008

I Know I Am But So Are You

James Dobson cracks me up. His attack on Barack Obama is so impossibly shallow, and so obviously self-serving, that I just have to laugh.

Take, for example, this quote:
"I think he's deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own worldview, his own confused theology," Dobson said.

Oh, really? You don’t say! Dr. James "gays will destroy the earth” Dobson says Obama is distorting the Bible to support his own worldview? That’s abso-freaking-hilarious. The irony is just killing me.

Well, I guess the doctor is the expert! Oh, wait. He’s not. He has a degree in child development, not theology. He never went to seminary or divinity school. Basically his views on religion are as colored by his politics as are mine.

Imagine that.

Who’d have thought the Bible could be used to support a variety of political and social viewpoints?! Maybe that's why it's not a good idea to use the Bible as a political hammer, ya think?

I’ve written a lot about religion here, and the phony morality of people like James Dobson. It bears remembering that James Dobson hates being ignored, and his pending irrelevance has caused him to stamp his foot in frustration.

It’s his ego doing the talking, and I for one hope he keeps it up. Dobson and Pat Robertson are both right-wing wackadoodles with dwindling influence over the American political scene. Writes former colleague Frank Schaeffer:

As a result of his power grabs and bullying of other evangelicals, not to mention his telling people how to vote and pointing them to the failed W, Dobson & Co. have zero credibility with a growing number of otherwise conservative evangelicals who happen--this year--to be looking favorably at Senator Obama's holistic Christian-based world view. Unlike Dobson they like Obama's theology just fine.

All that was missing to put the frosting on the Obama cake was for Dobson to attack him. For Obama to win all he needs to do is peel off a chunk of heretofore solid evangelical Republican votes. Dobson just handed Obama those votes.

Thanks, Dr. Dobson! Keep it up!