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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Pastor Dobson: Obama "Best Represented Fundamental Teachings of Jesus"

A Sunday treat: former pastor Ed Dobson (not to be confused with that other Jesus-talking Dobson) spent a year trying to live as Jesus would (following the example of secular Jew A.J. Jacobs, as documented in his book The Year of Living Biblically). Dobson's year included the presidential election. Dobson thought hard about Jesus's life and works, studied the candidates, and then, for the first time in his life, voted for a Democrat, for Barack Hussein Obama:

"I decided since I had read through the gospels at that point over 30 times, I wanted to know who best represented the fundamental teachings of Jesus, and I felt that he more than any other candidate represented the teachings of Jesus, so I voted for him," Dobson said [Jonann Brady, "Spending a Year Living Like Jesus," ABC News: Good Morning America Weekend, 2009.01.04].

Ed Dobson is no casual convert. He studied at ultra-fundie Bob Jones University and was an early mover and shaker in Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority. Boy, that Jesus sure makes people do some crazy things, doesn't it?

Come to Jesus, Brother Ed.

p.s.: Whiners at NewsBusters.org grouse that GMA would probably not give press to "a liberal who'd never voted for a Democrat but who after a year trying to live like Jesus decides to vote for McCain." Well, if you can actually find someone like that, you might have an argument. Find me some and bring 'em to me, and I'll write 'em up. (Sibby, do not put on a wig and pretend to be your liberal cousin from Cambridge.) In the meantime, NewsBusters, have fun with those straw men.

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