6/25/2008                                                                                       View Comments

That was the Old Testament...

By DocMike

leader said, yesterday, that was "distorting the " when he made the following statements in a speech:

Obama asked, "Which passages of scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is OK and that eating shellfish is an abomination? Or we could go with Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith? Or should we just stick to the Sermon on the Mount?"

Dobson said, "I think he's deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own world view, his own confused theology," adding that Obama is "dragging biblical understanding through the gutter." He went on to say that Obama should not be referencing "antiquated dietary codes and passages from the that are no longer relevant to the teachings of the ."

Isn't this typical? It's okay for Dobson and other Christians to distort the Bible to fit their world view; for example calling certain parts "antiquated" and "no longer relevant" while claiming other parts are still completely relevant. I wonder who decides which is which...

In my world view, the entire book is antiquated and irrelevant!

I especially like the phrase "traditional understanding of the Bible." I guess that means don't use your own mind (or reason) to figure out what it says or means. Just ask Uncle Jimmy. He'll set you straight on the "real" meaning. After all, we're all too stupid to figure out what the sky-daddy was talking about. Right?

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10 comments:

Kyan said...

One of the funniest things about this comic is that every panel is exactly the same, and yet it works.

Samuel said...

Obama president !!

boomSLANG said...

Yes, yes!..he's "distorting" the bible!

NO; he's taking it at face-value; he's taking it for what it actuallys says. Throw out the OT because it's obsolete? FINE, throw out "the Commandments" too, then.

"But, but, but...how will we ever know that killing is wrong, then?...::sniff, sniff::"

BTW, I'm fairly certain "traditional understanding of the bible" simply means family "tradition".i.e..what our mommys and daddys told us it means.

John of Indiana said...

How convenient...Throw out the bits of Leviticus that deal with killing your son for getting mouthy and not eating Pork BBQ or Lobster or wearing Wool-Cotton blends, but KEEP the one entry about laying with a man as a woman.

OK, Jim Dob, so Jeebus replaced the OT. Show me where Jeebus even MENTIONED Queers.

Loki Neves said...

"I think he's deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own world view,

I don't know about any one else but if I read something I think I am going to have my own opinion about it. What makes Obamas opinion any more distorted than any of the psychos who preach from the lie manual??????????????????

THE ACE said...

If Obama is simply quoting from the
Bible, how is he distorting it? He's just saying what the Bible says, a practice that has been a
fundamentalist mainstay for years.

Or is this another example of Christian "cherry picking"? The parts of the Bible they don't like they'll ignore, or claim those parts are no longer valid.

The radio station where I work used to carry Dobson's daily program (but no more, thanks be to
Zeus, Isis, Horus, Mithras, Baal,
or whoever) and I assure you he
quoted from the Old Testament many
times.

Twazzi said...

I guess James Dobson hasn't come to the realization that the bible has always been distorted. What is a huge distortion is the way these
people like Dobson live their lives. I would like to see what Dobson et al would put in a new version of the
bible if given a chance.

eel_shepherd said...

Dobson's a dolt. I used to hear him every once in a while on the local Xtian radio station (Blaine, WA), before the novelty of listening to it wore off, and I heard the same thing in Dobson's voice that I hear in all the Xtian patriarch types' voices --- they speak with more certainty than is either healthy or normal in an adult. Their statements are uniformly declarative, with no questions and no caution/circumspection. It's like: I did my listening when I was younger and those days are over; now I get to be the one who does the telling and you get to be the one who does the listening. From here on out.

What can I say? Power corrupts; and it has corrupted James Dobson, as it would have corrupted anyone. He's anything but unique.

Saw an interesting quotation the other day. Paraphrasing, it said, "Why should I bear any ill will to someone who disagrees with me? That would be the same as bearing ill will to the opinions of myself, ten years ago."

melodramy said...

What disturbs me even more than loony old Dobson saying this, is that an online poll showed nearly half of respondents agreed that Dobson "had a point." Obama had no business mentioning Leviticus, when xians know darn well God changed his mind and now says they can wear clothes of mixed fabrics and eat shellfish with impunity, fornicate and commit adultery and he looks upon them with tender forgiveness now, not the death penalty! Oh and if Obama had mentioned that the bible says women should sit down and shut up with her head covered, and learn only from her husband at home in all submissiveness, I suppose that would be mocked as a gross distortion too even though it's in their precious NEW Testament.

Barbie Brains said...

We all know that Dobson is completely insane. He refers to women as "receptacles", he describes homosexuality as "curable" and espouses "post-abortion distress disorder" which is a "mental condition" NOT FOUND ANYWHERE in the DSM-IV. Dobson is a professional liar for Jeebus.