Obama and Dobson

Ok, I’m going to give more ink to this silly thing. I sometimes listen to Dr. Dobson’s radio program Focus on the Family in the mornings when driving. I don’t always agree with everything he says. In fact, sometimes he is very prejudiced, but it still is interesting.

Today was the exception. He interrupted his regular radio schedule to go on the attack against Barak Obama for a speech given 2 years ago. For those of you who are curious or have too much time on your hands, here is a link to side by side contrast of what Obama’s speech says and what Dobson said about it. Read Obama’s speech transcript for yourself.

Dr. Dobson’s organization Focus on the Family has done a lot of good supporting basic family values. My kids enjoy their radio drama Adventures in Odyssey. I enjoy their associated show Family News In Focus about family issues in the news. However, lately Focus on the Family has been out of focus. Especially today. I don’t see how today’s ranting broadcast did any good or served any point. (Truly it was. Normally he is calm and rational even when disagreeing with a guest or viewpoint, but today he was defensive and aggressive.) It made him sound silly. Some of the comments by Obama were meant to be sarcastic and Dobson took them as literal.

If this broadcast was meant to cast Mr. Obama is a bad light, it backfired. It showed me that Obama has a good grasp on reality and will consider others values along with his own when making decisions. Since this speech was 2 years ago, it shows me that he isn’t saying things now that don’t match what he has said in the past. He is consistent in his views of morality. He has an understanding of how culturally diverse America is even within the Christians. Nor is he afraid to quote scripture when appropriate and in proper context. I think his comments were right on if you stop to think about what he said.

Hence the mention of Dr. Dobson and Rev. Sharpton. Obama said, “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?” Obama said both “if” (twice) and “or”. He didn’t say when or and. He was being hypothetical to prove a point about Christian diversity. He was contrasting Sharpton’s liberal views to Dobson’s conservative ones. I would expect Dobson to be pleased to have been shown as a role model for conservative Christians. Although Obama could have made this distinction a bit more clear. If Dobson wasn’t mentioned at all or someone else was mentioned for either name, would Dobson still be upset at this speech?

The Obamas are Christians. He even encouraged people to read the Bible on their own. “So before we get carried away, let’s read our Bible now,” Obama said, to cheers. “Folks haven’t been reading their Bible.” (Excerpt from 2006 Call to Renewal speech courtesy CNN.com) In other words, don’t take his word for what it says but read for yourself. Combine this with leaving the church he was long associated with when remarks were out of line with Christian values and he has shown the strength to make his own decisions.

Really, Dr. Dobson, what were you thinking? Why wait 2 years to come up with this? I find it interesting that the last time Dobson interrupted the broadcast schedule (California homeschool rights) it was all over their website before and after. It shows the regularly scheduled program for today. I could find no mention of today’s actual broadcast or recent reference to Obama.

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One Response

  1. I only heard a snippet of his broadcast on You Tube, and I believe the reason why he said that he waited two years was because he had never heard of this speech before now.

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