6/24/08

WP: Christian Extremist Dobson Distorts Factual Reality

Here is what I read in the WP blog post below. Dobson probably won't vote for Obama or McCain - but he surely won't vote for anyone (i.e. Obama) who advocates killing tiny babies.

Now that is one heck of a rhetorical flourish - no actually it is an extremist political scare-rhetoric -- that someone who is pro-choice has a, "bloody notion of what is right with regard to the lives of tiny babies." That is beyond the pale and so far to the extreme - it works to the detriment of those who hold sincere pro-life views.

Dobson extremism works amazingly to discredit both the right and the left at the same time. We all should get together and ask this guy to put a sock in it. He's not gonna vote - so he ought to shaddap his face.
Dobson Hits Obama for "Distorting" Bible
By Krissah Williams
James Dobson, a long-time leader of conservative Christians, today accused Sen. Barack Obama of "deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to justify his own world view."

Dobson's comments, which aired today on his Focus on the Family radio show, come as Obama's campaign plans to launch a broad appeal to evangelicals and Catholics.
Dobson and Tim Minnery, a senior vice president at Focus on the Family, spent about 20 minutes of the show harshly critiquing a speech that Obama gave in 2006 to a group of liberal Christian leaders.

In the speech, Obama argues for religious diversity and acceptance and prods liberals not to cede issues of faith to Republicans.

"Whatever we once were, we are no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers," Obama said in the speech. "And even if we did have only Christians in our midst, if we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America, whose Christianity would we teach in the schools? Would we go with James Dobson's, or Al Sharpton's?"

Dobson said he had just recently learned of Obama's speech and that reading it caused his blood pressure to rise.

"Why did this man jump on me? I haven't said anything near that?" said Dobson, whose comments were first reported by the Associated Press today, which received an early copy of Dobson's remarks.

In response to Obama's contention that religious voters had an obligation to "translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values", Dobson asked: "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?"

Minnery told the wire service that Dobson's office had recently been contacted by Obama's campaign for a meeting this summer.

Joshua DuBois, director of religious affairs for Obama's campaign, said in a statement that a full reading of Obama's speech shows he is committed to reaching out to people of faith and standing up for families. DuBois, an Assemblies of God Minister, is leading an outreach effort for Obama that will include thousands of "faith forums" intended to connect people of faith and bridge religious divides.

Dobson, who has not backed Sen. John McCain, has said he is dissatisfied with both major party candidates and has suggested that he will not vote for president this year.

3 comments:

John D. Enright said...

You said:

"Dobson probably won't vote for Obama or McCain - but he surely won't vote for anyone (i.e. Obama) who advocates killing tiny babies.

Now that is one heck of a rhetorical flourish - no actually it is an extremist political scare-rhetoric
-- that someone who is pro-choice has a, "bloody notion of what is right with regard to the lives of tiny babies." That is beyond the pale and so far to the extreme - it works to the detriment of those who hold sincere pro-life views."

You don't know your candidate very well. This is from Michael Gerson's Washington Post blog:

"But Obama's record on abortion is extreme. He opposed the ban on partial-birth abortion -- a practice a fellow Democrat, the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, once called "too close to infanticide." Obama strongly criticized the Supreme Court decision upholding the partial-birth ban. In the Illinois state Senate, he opposed a bill similar to the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which prevents the killing of infants mistakenly left alive by abortion. And now Obama has oddly claimed that he would not want his daughters to be "punished with a baby" because of a crisis pregnancy -- hardly a welcoming attitude toward new life. "

Obama in fact supports infanticide.

bryce said...

You titled your piece, "WP: Christian Extremist Dobson Distorts Factual Reality"

The "Extremist" descriptor is yours, not the WP. Isn't quoting the source accurately an important job?

"Now that is one heck of a rhetorical flourish - no actually it is an extremist political scare-rhetoric -- that someone who is pro-choice has a, "bloody notion of what is right with regard to the lives of tiny babies." That is beyond the pale and so far to the extreme - it works to the detriment of those who hold sincere pro-life views."

A. What is a "sincere" pro-life view?
B. Isn't "that someone who is pro-choice has a, "bloody notion of what is right with regard to the lives of tiny babies" 100% true? If the pro-choicer thought for a moment that (s)he might be killing a little baby, even with a "5 percent unsurety," do you think (s)he would go ahead and do it? This scare-tactic as you call it is completely accurate.

Also, ditto what John said.

David Wozney said...

Re: “... we are no longer just a Christian nation; ...

I wonder when does Obama believe you ever were “just a Christian nation” and when does Obama believe you stopped being “just a Christian nation”.

The “...government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion...”, according to Article 11 of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship, signed at Tripoli on November 4, 1796, and passed by the United States Congress.

Article VI, Clause 2 of the U.S.A. Constitution states: “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land...”.