Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Is it fruitcake to ask these questions?

CNN has some audio from Dobson's radio address today where Dobson calls Obama a "fruitcake" for asking some questions about where exactly do we get our public policies and laws.

From CNN:
In the two-year old speech, Obama suggests it would be impractical to govern based solely on the word of the Bible, noting some passages suggest slavery is permissible and eating shellfish is disgraceful.

"Which passages of scripture should guide our public policy?" Obama asks in the speech. "Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is okay 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."

"So before we get carried away, let's read our Bible now," Obama also said to cheers. "Folks haven't been reading their Bible."

On the radio show Tuesday, Dobson said Obama should not be referencing antiquated dietary codes and passages from the Old Testament that are no longer relevant to the teachings of the New Testament.

You can listen to Dobson say, "What the senator is saying there, in essence, is that 'I can't seek to pass legislation, for example, that bans partial-birth abortion, because there are people in the culture who don't see that as a moral issue," Dobson also said. "And if I can't get everyone to agree with me, than it is undemocratic to try to pass legislation that I find offensive to the Scripture. Now that is a fruitcake interpretation of the Constitution."

But I want to know..is Obama so crazy? The New Testament certainly has plenty of pro-slavery passages. There is probably a case to be made for male-dominated leadership of the public and private realms. Isn't Obama right to ask, "How can we translate our Christian values into universal ones?"