I think Jeffrey Weiss of the Dallas Morning News summed it up best:
So here’s the round by round so far. James Dobson of Focus on the Family disses Barack Obama’s theology. Jim Wallis of Sojourners disses Dobson’s theology. Then Will Hall of the of Southern Baptist Press backs Dobson.
Then Obama disses Dobson. “”I think you’ll see that he was just making stuff up, maybe for his own purposes.”
And the Rev. Kirbyjohn Caldwell, an Obama supporter, announces the creation of a website called “James Dobson Doesn’t Speak for Me” that compares statements by Obama and Dobson. (It’s really very good. Direct quotes offered side by side. I recommend the lick, no matter what you POV is on the matter…)
And oh, here‘s a good idea: Rabbi Brad Hirschfield decides to critique the back-and-forth in the name of civility. (Rabbi, if I were you, I might have let this particular sectarian scrum pass me by…)
Are we done rasslin’ with this one yet? Here’s the simple truth: Obama and Dobson have very different understandings of Christianity. The “truth” is not going to be settled in this world unless Something Happens.
As a matter of politics and public policy, the only question I really want to see Obama answer on this topic is: How do your religious views inform how you would govern as president? But that’s just me.