Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Obama dares to confront Evangelical Hypocrisy

"Even if we had 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?"

Bang. Nailed it right on the head. Well played, Mr Obama.

Barack was speaking in Colorado, trying to bridge the divide between the Democratic party and the Evangelical right wing (who could possibly muster up to eighty million votes in the coming election.)

With John McCain losing out because of his lack of 'conservative credentials' (i.e. he won't pander to the pious nutjobs who lead the Evangelical movement) Obama was hoping to convince some Christian groups to support him in the upcoming election.

He's not doing too bad a job, either. Up to 15% of conservative Christians who'd previously identified as 'Republican' have left that party - dismayed by the war in Iraq and the gloomy state of the economy.

But his comments today have upset some people - including James Dobson, chairman of Focus on the Family and 'Kingmaker of the Religious Right.'

"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!"

Basically, unless you're shouting out your hatred and intolerance for gay people, you've got no right to call yourself a Christian.

Fortunately, most sensible people agree that James Dobson is a complete and utter idiot.

Before Obama, the last person he'd picked a fight with was annoying cartoon character Spongebob Squarepants, who he accused of promoting a 'homosexual agenda.'

He also wrote a popular book 'Dare to Discipline,' which advocated corporal punishment for children - and warned parents that if their kid cried as a result, they should "offer him a little more of whatever caused the original tears." [i.e. wallop him again - Editorial Bear.]

Unfortunately, non-sensible people hugely outnumber the sensible ones and Dobson boasts of having delivered election victories to Bush in both Ohio and Florida in the 2000 election. He even warned the president that unless Bush upped the pressure against advocates of abortion and gay rights, he'd 'pay a price in four years time.'

Obama's measured and thoughtful speech might have impressed many people today - but it didn't impress Dobson and I've got a feeling we'll hear an awful lot more bullshit from him as a result.


Reverse_Vampyr said...

I hate to admit it, but I agree with Obama on this one (hey, even a broken clock is right twice a day).

The Chemist said...

Finally! Someone had the balls to say it. Geez, I was voting for him before because he seemed like the most reasonable candidate, but I wasn't that excited. If he keeps the new 'tude, I might get a little enthusiastic.