James Dobson to Barack Obama: Guess Who's Not Coming to Dinner

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In a June 24 article by former Denver Post religion writer Eric Gorski, who's currently writing (and kicking ass) for the Associated Press, Focus on the Family spokesman Tom Minnery said that an aide for Barack Obama recently suggested a sit-down at the evangelical organization's Colorado Springs HQ. Doubt something like that will happen now. In a June 24 broadcast that was leaked to the AP in advance, Focus frontman James Dobson suggests that in some of his remarks, Obama "is dragging Biblical understanding through the gutter."

The program, which should be available a few hours after this post goes live at CitizenLink.org, a Focus-affiliated site, takes specific issue with a speech Obama gave in 2006 that calls Jesus' Sermon on the Mount "a passage that is so radical that it's doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application." Dobson argues that Obama is "deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own worldview, his own confused theology" by making such statements. And he was equally disturbed by Obama's suggestion that people of faith talk about issues like abortion in ways that even those who don't share their religious beliefs can understand, calling it "a fruitcake interpretation of the Constitution."

Too bad Dobson probably won't be hosting a meal for Obama. After all, he's already got the dessert menu planned. -- Michael Roberts

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