Tuesday, June 24, 2008

I've said it before and I'll say it again: religion should keep its nose out of politics and vice-versa.

Therefore, James Dobson (who is a terrible hypocrite) should leave Barak Obama (and John McCain, for that matter, if he decides to go after him some more) alone about his reading and interpretation of the Bible. How a candidate understands the Bible should not enter into a presidential campaign. At all. Period.

I especially like this quote from Dobson:

"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."

Dr. Dobson, an awful lot of people, yours truly among them, believe that you and your ilk are doing the same thing.

Here's the thing. We are human beings. We can't know the mind of God, and we all have our own agendas. No matter how we read the Bible, and how we interpret a particular passage, we are all adapting the Scripture to fit our own worldviews. Until we die and are with the Big Guy in paradise, or until the Second Coming, that's pretty much all we can do, and all we have to go on.

Oh, and while I'm criticizing politics and religion, Obama's campaign has a "director of religious affairs." Why? This is not a theocracy, and I don't want to see it turn into one. The diversity of religions in this country is a good thing, and an even better thing is the doctrine of separation of church and state. Religion has no place in a political campaign, in my opinion.

I'm done being controversial now. But on the politics and religion front. Check out this fine bit of merchandise from Overstock.com. Ran across it when I was looking for a tasteful cross pendant to replace the one I lost years ago.


1 comment:

tomzgrrl said...

I received not one but TWO copies of a book by Dobson when I got married. Yeah, I read a few pages and promptly sold them to the used book store. I'm not one to go for the whole submissive wife thing.

I checked out the item at Overstock -- funny but I'm not compelled to buy it!