Headlines today attack Senator Barack Obama’s interpretation of the Christian Bible. Really? Seriously? Is this an issue?
Apparently, James Dobson, a conservative Christian with millions of books published, challenged Obama’s interpretation as “dragging Biblical understanding through the gutter.” Mr. Dobson fails to appreciate the differences among the differing versions of Christianity. Honestly, has Dobson challenged the Catholic church and its designation of the Pope being second only to God, the prayers to Mary?
WHY take on Senator Obama’s religion? No one person or entity owns or possesses the ultimate understanding and control of christianity. People choose to believe what they believe; Dobson and the Christian Right cannot control this. But the Christian right continues to strive to foist its own interpretation of Christianity on society: prime example-the abortion issue.
The actual reason to challenge Obama’s Christianity, to create animosity over a wedge issue instead of dealing with real issues. The Christian right is NOT unanimous in opposition to abortion. The Right hopes to separate Obama from those Reagan Democrats through religion and interpretation of the Bible.
Please find real political issues to create drama. Religion and esoteric religious interpretations are better left for pulpits and dinner tables. If individuals follow the religious beliefs that Obama espouses then they will follow Obama. Beating Obama over the head with a Bible and disparaging his beliefs will only serve to alienate those who follow him. To convert the “mislead” the Right should make a better, more persuasive argument. Ad hominem attacks will only turn people away.