Just how dense is James Dobson?
Very very dense.
Dobson also takes aim at Obama for suggesting in the speech that those motivated by religion should attempt to appeal to broader segments of the population by not just framing their arguments around religious precepts.
“Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal rather than religion-specific values,” Obama said. “It requires their proposals be subject to argument and amenable to reason.”
Dobson said the suggestion is an attempt to lead by the “lowest common denominator of morality.”
“Am I required in a democracy to conform my efforts in the political arena to his bloody notion of what is right with regard to the lives of tiny babies?” he asked. “What he’s trying to say here is, unless everybody agrees, we have no right to fight for what we believe.
“What the senator is saying there, in essence, is that ‘I can’t seek to pass legislation, for example, that bans partial-birth abortion, because there are people in the culture who don’t see that as a moral issue,’ ” Dobson said. “And if I can’t get everyone to agree with me, than it is undemocratic to try to pass legislation that I find offensive to the Scripture. Now, that is a fruitcake interpretation of the Constitution.”
I mean, I can see disagreeing that we shouldn’t try to legislate based on religion, but Dobson apparently doesn’t even understand the concept. Obviously, Obama’s point was that it’s fine if you support a policy because of your religious beliefs, but you need to make an argument for it on universal moral grounds. It’s trivial to do that for abortion, to use Dobson’s example (it’s not trivial to make a good argument, however).
Obama calling Dobson’s political worldview undemocratic is a more interesting point. It’s not strictly undemocratic to simply try to appeal to just enough people (or representatives, if you one of those people who thinks he’s needs to correct every application of the word democracy to our government) to get your way . Hell, that seems to be the way our government works more often than not. But it’s hardly in the spirit of good democratic government to use narrow sectarian arguments to oppress a segment of the population. Not to mention the fact that it violates the concept of inalienable individual rights our country is founded upon. So not very democratic and rather totalitarian. Wonderful views the man has.
Also, I will be patiently awaiting Dobson’s speech attacking essentially the entire Christian anti-gay movement for using Leviticus as a justification for being against homosexuality. I’d bet he’s used it, too, but since I can’t find a quote, I’ll have to give him a pass for now.