This is the kind of post that causes me to despair. It is a terrible mistake to try and demonize Obama on religious grounds with a view to weakening him politically. Obama is a very slick political force, even more clever than Clinton. He does not get drawn into fights he does not want to have.
He already knows he cannot lose the religious debate. If, he loses the fight with Dobson 75% to 25% among evangelicals, he is ahead by 25% from the last election. It was reported on CNN yesterday that Obama may already be polling as high as 35% among evangelicals. More important, he cannot lose this debate among Catholics and especially Jews. By escalating the religious elements of this debate it will allow Obama to further soften (clarify) his position on abortion (which he will). He will take the position that he holds sacred the right of the woman to choose, at the same time, he will affirm the sanctity of all human life and call for specific measures to dramatically reduce the number of abortions among young woman. I would even venture that he might propose funding and call on the faith communities to lead this initiative. It will allow him to appear to be the reasonable man, except for the most militant activist who acutely oppose abortion.
The only way to defeat Obama is on pure policy issues. These religious distractions and the attacks on his character only provide him with more ammunition to ramp up the “change” theme of his campaign.
But his policy issues have everything to do with religious/moral convictions (example, abortion, “gay” rights, socialist style economics etc.) and for those of faith, you can’t compartmentalize or separate your convictions according to politics vs. every day life. That is exactly why it is on Biblical grounds that Dobson made these statements. If nothing else, maybe people will look more closely at Obama’s true record and policies and not just what comes out of his spin machine and his mouth.