Dr. James Dobson walked into a media maelstrom stoked by the Obama for President campaign and ironically led by the minister who recently officiated at the wedding of Jenna Bush. In less than 24 hours, the exchange split evangelicals and led to the creation of a new Web site highlighting Christians attacking Dobson.
It all started earlier in the week when Dr. Dobson, a child psychologist and founder of the Christian ministry Focus on the Family, accused Senator Obama of distorting the Bible saying, "I think he's deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own worldview, his own confused theology."
Obama claims to be a Christian despite his denial of basic Christian tenets. For example, Obama does not believe that acceptance of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus is necessary for salvation. Obama has repeatedly said belief in Jesus is only one of many paths to salvation.
At one campaign stop, Obama said that his mother was in heaven despite her atheism and outright rejection of Christ. While speaking at a town hall forum in North Carolina on March 26, 2008 he said his late mother was “not a believer.” He continued, "But she was the kindest, most decent, generous person that I have ever known," Obama said. "I'm sure she is in heaven, even though she may not have subscribed to everything that I subscribe to."
A basic tenet of Christianity is that profession of faith in Jesus Christ is necessary to gain the reward of eternal life in heaven. Christians do not believe the door of heaven is open to every “kind” and “generous person.” Christians do not believe that adherence to Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism or other religions opens the door to eternal life in heaven with God. That is why Christians send missionaries seeking the conversion of these religions’ practitioners to Christian beliefs.
When faced with Dobson’s remarks, the Obama campaign became unglued, going on the attack. They even launched a new Web site to slam and disparage the psychologist. The anti-Dobson Web site address is www.jamesdobsondoesntspeakforme.com. Senator Obama himself got into the act saying that Dobson was “making things up.” The Web site features Methodist pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell. Caldwell is a spiritual advisor to President Bush and recently endorsed Obama. He is the leading Obama attack dog in the campaign against the more conservative Dobson.