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Obama Versus Dobson
Is there an issue that hasn’t been controversial during this election year? Well, add religious beliefs and questions of spirituality to the list. James Dobson, one of the most influential evangelicals in the country, is criticizing Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama for “distorting the Bible” in various ways. Obama pointed out Bible passages that feel “dated,” those that ban the eating of shellfish or promote slavery, for example.
Dobson, on the attack, says that these Old Testament excerpts that Obama is referring to have little to do with modern-day Christianity and Jesus’ teachings, which can be found in the New Testament. They have exchanged jabs, but have yet to meet in person.
Stepping away from the nitty-gritty for a moment and into the big picture, should issues of religion and spirituality really play a huge part in the presidential campaigns? Obama is not the first to point out controversial Bible passages, but should he be doing so in the first place as part of his platform? Does religion factor into your voting decisions? [MSNBC]