Wednesday, June 25, 2008

James Dobson Doesn't Speak For Me

James Dobson gave a radio show yesterday that was very critical of Barack Obama's views on faith and politics. Reports on his remarks can be found here. Well within a day, there is a website up called "James Dobson Doesn't Speak For Me" that responds to Dobson's attacks. What is interesting is who is behind this website. CBN Corespondent David Brody explains:

The effort is being spearheaded by Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell. Caldwell is the well-known, well-respected minister of Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. Windsor Village began with 25 members. Today it has more than 14,000.

You probably remember Caldwell from the 2000 RNC Convention. He introduced President Bush. The two men are still very close. He is one of President Bush's closest spiritual advisors. According to reports, he conducted Jenna Bush's wedding. . .

Sources tell The Brody File that as of 8 a.m. EST, more than 2,700 people have logged on to this Web site.

Read it all here.

The website includes a point by point refutation of Dobson's remarks, and includes this statement:

James Dobson doesn't speak for me.

He doesn't speak for me when he uses religion as a wedge to divide;

He doesn't speak for me when he speaks as the final arbiter on the meaning of the Bible;

James Dobson doesn't speak for me when he uses the beliefs of others as a line of attack;

He doesn't speak for me when he denigrates his neighbor's views when they don't line up with his;

He doesn't speak for me when he seeks to confine the values of my faith to two or three issues alone;

What does speak for me is David's psalm celebrating how good and pleasant it is when we come together in unity;

Micah speaks for me in reminding us that the Lord requires us to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with Him;

The prophet Isaiah speaks for me in his call for all to come and reason together and also to seek justice, encourage the oppressed and to defend the cause of the vulnerable;

The book of Nehemiah speaks for me in its example to work with our neighbors, not against them, to restore what was broken in our communities;

The book of Matthew speaks for me in saying to bless those that curse you and pray for those who persecute you;

The words of the apostle Paul speak for me in saying that words spoken and deeds done without love amount to nothing.

The apostle John speaks for me in reminding us of Jesus' command to love one another. The world will know His disciples by that love.


Gary said...

These people are guilty of the same things they accuse Dobson of. Simply by disagreeing with Dobson they are causing division. They are hypocrites.

Religion is a divider. Christianity divides believers from unbelievers. These morons can't seem to distinguish between the two, don't want to, and want to pretend that is what God wants.

Valerian said...

What about when one "believer" attacks another "believer"? Is Christianity dividing between one kind of Christian and another? If I recall correctly, Paul had a few words on that, and they were NOT about dividing people. They were about uniting people of faith. Dobson was attempting to divide people of faith.