Dobson: Obama Distorting the Bible

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CBNNews.com  -- A heavy helping of harsh criticism is being handed to Sen. Barack Obama.

Focus on the Family's James Dobson leveled the complaints against the presumptive Presidential nominee Tuesday on his show.

For more reaction to Dobson's comments on Obama's theology, watch Bishop Harry Jackson, with the High Impact Leadership Coaltion.

Dobson took aim at a speech Obama gave on June 28, 2006 to the Christian group Call to Renewal. In that speech, Obama spoke of Dobson.

"And even if we did have only Christians in our midst, if we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America," Obama said. "Whose Christianity would we teach in the schools? Would we go with James Dobson's, or Al Sharpton's?"

Gutter Talk

During the radio broadcast, which largely focused on Obama, Dobson said "I think he is dragging biblical understanding through the gutter."

Dobson was critical of Obama's pro-choice position on abortion.

"Am I required in a democracy to conform my efforts in the political arena to his bloody notion of what is right with regard to the lives of tiny babies?" Dobson said. "What he's trying to say here is unless everybody agrees, we have no right to fight for what we believe."

Joshua DuBois, national director of religious affairs for the Obama campaign told CBN News, "Barack Obama is committed to reaching out to people of faith and standing up for American families, and a full reading of his 2006 Call to Renewal speech shows just that. Obama is proud to have the support of millions of Americans of faith and looks forward to working across religious lines to bring our country together."

Obama recently held a meeting of various religious leaders from across the country. The leaders prayed and discussed their faith walks as well as a wide variety of issues.

"It was a terrific meeting," Obama told CBN News. "I was so grateful that these religious leaders were willing to gather together very prominent from all across the country a wide ideological spectrum."

He also told the group, "I know you can't endorse me, but I endorse you. I endorse the good works that are being done, the wonderful ministries that are taking place all across the country and my goal here is just to have a dialogue to listen, to learn, to share my faith journey."

Critical of McCain Too

Even though most of Dobson's show focused on Obama, he also harshly criticized Sen. John McCain on the issue of gay marriage and the marriage amendment.

Dobson has been extremely vocal regarding his displeasure with McCain saying, at one point, that he would not vote for McCain. He has since changed his stance.

Neither Obama nor McCain have met with Dobson, but Tom Minnery, senior vice president of Focus on the Family tells CBN News that they are open to having Obama or McCain visit.

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