June 23, 2008

Rocky Mountain News:

As Barack Obama broadens his outreach to evangelical voters, one of the movement's biggest names, James Dobson, accuses the likely Democratic presidential nominee of distorting the Bible and pushing a "fruitcake interpretation" of the Constitution.

The criticism, to be aired Tuesday on Dobson's Focus on the Family radio program, comes shortly after an Obama aide suggested a meeting at the organization's headquarters here, said Tom Minnery, senior vice president for government and public policy at Focus on the Family...read on

OK, anyone see the absurdity of this statement?

"I think he's deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own worldview, his own confused theology," Dobson said.

I'm not going to even comment on his own distortions, but I will say that he's just trying to get his flock motivated a little bit. And notice that he calls Obama's interpretation of the Constitution, "fruitcake." We know how he feels about gay marriage. See any connection there? The discredited conservatives like Rove are trying to paint Obama this way too:

"He's the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini and a cigarette that stands against the wall and makes snide comments about everyone who passes by."

As Digby says:

It's very clever to add in the country club and martini imagery, even though it's patently absurd. Gives it a nice sort of cover to what he's saying. After all, conservatives can't just come right out and call someone an Uppity Negro these days.

Now Dobson adds "fruitcake." to their mix. It's all in the imagery. (h/t Becca)

UPDATE: Our friends at Americans United for the Separation of Church and State wrote in to say Dobson's "Alliance Defense Fund" is encouraging pastors to deliberately break the law and engage in politicking at church services during a pre-arranged "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" scheduled for September 28. [Memo to the IRS you'll be working that weekend.]

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