“Any notion that I was distorting the Bible in that speech, I think anyone would be hard pressed to make that argument,” Obama told reporters on board his press plane Tuesday night.
“Someone would be pretty hard pressed to make that argument,” he told reporters aboard his campaign plane. “It is a speech that affirms the role of faith not just in my life but in the life of the American people, that suggests that we make a mistake by trying to push faith out of the public square.”
“I do make the argument that it’s important for folks like myself, who think faith is important, that we try to translate some of our concerns into universal language so we can have open and vigorous debate rather than having religion divide us,” Obama said. “And I do suggest that the separation of church and state is important. But there’s no, no theological work being done in that speech in terms of the Bible.”
And, not to be outdone, Dobson’s colleague said,
“There is no need to ‘make stuff up’ as it relates to Sen. Obama’s interpretation of Scripture and the role of religion in the public square. His statements and record make clear his questionable perception of both. … He is editing God’s word to fit his liberal worldview, and the more exposure his views on these matters get, the more obvious this will become to American Christians.”
But, if you read my earlier post of the transcript, it is clear that Dobson “made stuff up”, or at the very least, did not choose the clips of Obama’s speech that related to the point Dobson was attempting to make.
Religious types (and I include myself here) are accustomed to talking to people who are generally like-minded and are willing to “give a pass” on some of our mistakes. That can lead to an overinflated sense of influence and competence. When our comments enter the realm of professional politics, we are no longer given that pass. It is as if a bunch of amatures are attempting to play with the pros.
Dr. Dobson got caught. He took two year old comments out of context and entered the fray. I’ll guess that his regular listeners will flood him with support and contributions. That’s too bad.