"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?" Obama said. "Would we go with James Dobson's or Al Sharpton's?" referring to the civil rights leader.
(Obama cited examples )
...in asking which Biblical passages should guide public policy — chapters like Leviticus, which Obama said suggests slavery is OK and eating shellfish is an abomination, or Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, "a passage that is so radical that it's doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application."
"Folks haven't been reading their Bibles," Obama said.
This is far too intelligent a discussion to have with most Americans, but James Dobson, of Focus on the Family, immediately proved Obama's point:
"I think he's deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own worldview, his own confused theology," Dobson said.
"... He is dragging biblical understanding through the gutter."
What Dobson means is that the Christian bible means what Dobson tells you it means and don't go off thinking for yourself.
What Obama means is, "See what I mean?"
Dobson...accused Obama of wrongly equating Old Testament texts and dietary codes
that no longer apply to Jesus' teachings in the New Testament.
So is Dobson saying that slavery is ok but the dietary codes aren't? I doubt a sentient being could read what Obama said and think the Obama is "equating" Slavery with eating seafood, exactly the opposite in fact, and Dobson seems to be implying that Slavery IS OK.
These are exactly the questions that people should come to grips with when they decide to practice Christianity...The bible they are supposed to use as their religious foundation is as contradictory as Dobson's own twisted logic, but with a major difference...Jesus really loved people and cared for their welfare. To Jesus, near as I can tell from reading the bible, religion was about thinking and reasoning and loving, and helping and caring for each other...And NOT about smiting each other "in the name of the lord."
As much as anything, Obama's examples of the internal battle within religion, of its own polar opposite factions such as Leviticus and The Sermon on the Mount, frame the problem we face in our society's battle against fundamentalism today. The battle against fundamentalism essentially mirrors the ministry of Jesus Christ.
It is the same battle that intelligent , thoughtful, and caring people fight even now. At any rate, all of this is prima facia evidence in the case against allowing religious factions undue influence in the governance of our country.
I personally would prefer a consensus of the rational, and anyone who tries to thump a bible...ANY bible, claiming we should follow this or that particular passage in our democratic governance needs to be carefully monitored for the destructive symptoms of fundamentalism.