Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Obama accused of distorting Bible

Obama accused of distorting Bible

Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington
June 26, 2008

A LEADING figure of the US Christian right has accused Obama of distortion the meaning of the Bible to confound voters.

The attack by James Dobson, the founder of the center of attention on Family organization, was framed as a wholesale negative response of the Democratic presidential candidate's views on faith.

It appeared to be intended to thwart Senator Osama’s efforts to reach out to evangelicals, who have been a significant source of votes for the Republican Party in US elections but are cool on the party's candidate, John McCain, this year.

"I think he is exhausted biblical understanding through the gutter," Dr Dobson said on his regular radio program in a dissection of a speech Senator Obama gave to a liberal Christian organization two years ago on the role of religion in public life.

"I just don't know whether he is responsibility it deliberately or accidentally," he said.

Dr Dobson took issue with Senator Osama’s suggestion that religious organizations opposed to abortion should make their case in terms easily reached to secular organizations, calling it a "fruit cake" elucidation of the law.

The Democrats have been operational hard since 2004 to win over younger and more liberal evangelical voters through Christian radio shows and blogs.

The attack came as another poll gave Senator Obama a big national lead over Senator McCain. The Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg survey performed at the weekend said that in a head-to-head contest, Senator Obama had 49 per cent support against Senator McCain's 37 per cent.

It was the second key poll to give the Illinois senator a double-digit margin, after Newsweek on Friday had Senator Obama ahead by 51 to 36 per cent among registered voters nationwide.

The great majority of Hillary Clinton's supporters had transferred their allegiance to Senator Obama, the poll recommended.

On Tuesday Senator Clinton said she was not thinking about being vice-president in an Obama administration. "I am not seeking any other position," she said as she made her first look in Congress since losing the Democratic nominating race on June 7.

"It is not something that I think about. This is totally Senator Osama’s result and that's the way it should be."

A spokesman for Bill Clinton offered a faint voice of hold up for Senator Obama, saying Mr. Clinton was "committed to doing whatever he can and is asked to do to ensure Senator Obama is the after that president of the United States".

But he chose not to declare his allegiance to Senator Obama in public. And he is not scheduled to speak at the first joint campaign rally between his wife and Senator Obama tomorrow, in the aptly named New Hampshire town of Unity.

Guardian News & Media, Agency France-Press

[Right side of the law … Barack Obama poses with members of the California highway patrol at Los Angeles airport.]

Ref: http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/obama-accused-of-distorting-bible/2008/06/25/1214073342431.html


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