EJames Dobson from the neo-conservative group, Focus On The Family, is throwing stones at Barack Obama’s interpretation of scripture, while hiding in a glass house himself.
“… He is dragging biblical understanding through the gutter.”
He says Obama, who supports abortion rights, is trying to govern by the “lowest common denominator of morality,” which is “a fruitcake interpretation of the Constitution,” Dobson says.
Christianity is all about interpretation. Hell, for that matter EVERY religion is about interpretation. And every believer, every follower of scripture, claims to have a lock on the ‘correct’ understanding.
Dobson, in essence, is telling Obama that though ‘we have read the same book, the same tome that has been edited, altered, rephrased and rehashed through centuries of Christianity, my understanding is correct and you have a bastardized distillation of the text'(paraphrased). You cannot gather two believers in the same room who completely agree on meaning and intent regarding a collection of passages and when the bible is read as a whole, the differences become even more broad.
These holy books were written, as many books of the time were, as mythology and allegory to explain a world which was not fully understood, and through fear a story was made-up instead of admitting a lack of knowledge. The tools to comprehend the world and the natural processes were not readily accessible to most men, so to calm their uneasiness, campfire stories were created that which explained the things that went ‘bump’ in the night (or day for that matter).
So, James Dobson is a fruitcake, because anyone who takes literally, words written in the first century and that were then manipulated and molested in every century since, by editors and interpretors, is surely more intellectually strained than someone who tries to extract a moral without taking the words to their extreme.
For what it’s worth, Barack Obama also would do well to ditch the so called ‘scripture’ and focus on governing for the people, no matter the faith or creed.
“ese things I’ll carry on
And when you’re gone I’ll honor you
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