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Barack Obama has recently come under criticism from evangelical Christian personality James Dobson for comments he made back in 2006 while addressing a liberal Christian group.”Which passages of scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is OK and that eating shellfish is an abomination? Or we could go with Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith? Or should we just stick to the Sermon on the Mount…So before we get carried away, let’s read our Bible now…Folks haven’t been reading their Bible.” -Barack Obama

Dobson has accused Obama of distorting the Bible, but that’s an oversimplification of Obama’s mistake. What Obama has really done is put his ignorance of Christianity on public display.

Let me break it down for you in very simple terms: The Holy Bible includes many different types of literature; civil laws, religious laws, poetry, histories, narratives, prophecies, and many other subgroupings. What Obama is citing in Leviticus and Deuteronomy are the civil code and religious laws of the ancient Hebrews. These are a part of the Christian canon by virtue of their presence in the Jewish scriptures, but they don’t govern the Christian faith in any way. For Christians, the Old Testament (or Old Covenant, to be more precise) was superseded by the New Testament (or New Covenant) nearly 2000 years ago.

What Obama did, essentially, was to borrow a common anti-Christianity red herring argument and use it to pander to a liberal Christian group.

Conservative Christians have been rumored to be flirting with the Obama campaign, but this instance ought to serve as a warning. This man claims to be a Christian but doesn’t know the scriptures or understand the distinction between different types of religious texts.

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One Comment

  1. Obama is the perfect example of what is wrong with religion. The problem with religion in general is that no one human being other than the Divine Creator can even come close to understanding the limitless scope of Divine wisdom, whether you’re a Dobson, an Obama an Osama, a Bush, Joe Sixpack or Joe the Plumber. We’re all ignorant to one degree or another and in our ignorance, no matter how much we know about the Bible or any other book of “Divine” wisdom, we’re doomed because no matter how much we know, or how much we think we know, we just don’t get it.

    It’s just a shame that humanity, even with the help of Christ and all the others out there in the spiritual no man’s land of absolute divine misunderstanding, can’t put the religious books into their proper perspective and find a way to get along. It’s a shame we all can’t find a way to stop the hate, start the love and take care of the innocent victims of religious fanaticism. I’m praying for the girls who got acid thrown into their faces this week because some ignorant religious fanatic decided girls trying to live to their human potential by going to school, have the no rights at all. But that’s a whole other other story.

    Obama isn’t all that far off the mark when it comes to the damage religion does. Millions of people take the Bible and other religious books out of the divine context in which they were meant and as a result, people get stoned, people enslave people, and in today’s world, people bomb innocent bystanders and innocent school girls get acid thrown into their faces.

    I think Obama’s on to something. The Sermon on the Mount is what we need, and I am sure he does as well, but nobody gets that, either.


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