Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The New Litmus Test

Mitt Romney had to assure Evangelical voters that his Mormonism was essentially in tune with their Christianity. Obama and McCain have both had to cut ties to spiritual leaders whose public statements offended large numbers of voters.

McCain has tried to convince the faithful that he is not actually a heathen (it's not working), and Obama has been forced to deny that he is a Muslim. The messy integration of religion into politics - largely the result of aggressive Evangelicals and an all-too willing GOP - has become an obnoxious and malodorous mixture.

Today's NY Times carries this attack on Obama from James Dobson:

“I think he’s deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own world view, his own confused theology,” Mr. Dobson said Tuesday in one of the regular radio broadcasts for the group he leads, Focus on the Family.

“He’s some kind of biblical authority?” Mr. Dobson also asked.
Dobson evidently feels entitled to challenge Obama's reading of Scripture - what is Dobson anyway, the Pope? And since when does a presidential candidate have to be a biblical authority? Has the Constitution been amended to add this litmus test?

I must have missed that.

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