Focus on the Family chief James Dobson, who will always resonate with me for his assertion that the words "tolerance," "diversity," and "Spongebob Squarepants" are buzzwords that mean "homosexual agenda," has a problem with Barack Obama. Specifically, he has a problem with this statement:
I can't simply point to the teachings of my church, or evoke God's will. I have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths, including those with no faith at all.
Inartfully phrased perhaps, but as I read it, and as he clarifies for himself, Obama means simply that one's religious views should not be the lens through which one interprets the Constitution. Or in other words, that in America the law is what it is, and that it stands apart from holy books such as the Bible, which provide us moral guidance and which may guide our votes and legislative decisions on new laws but don't guide interpretation of the law as it is now written, a view with which I believe Dobson would agree were the book in question the Koran or perhaps A Book of Five Rings.
That isn't exactly a controversial view among lawyers, as Antonin Scalia, a most observant Catholic who's shown no qualms about applying the death penalty, has made clear in interviews.
Yet it is for Dobson, who describes Obama's remarks as a "fruitcake interpretation of the Constitution." Though I shouldn't, I'll assume that Dobson is not implying that Barack Obama is a homosexual by using the word "fruitcake" in this context.
What the senator is saying is that I can’t seek to pass legislation that bans partial birth abortion because there are people who don’t see that as a moral issue,” Dobson said. “Now that is a fruitcake interpretation of the Constitution. … We don’t have to go to the lowest common denominator of morality which is what he is suggesting. 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?
That isn't what Obama said at all. Whether it's moral or not to abort tiny babies, Obama, a lawyer, is speaking of a Constitutional right which has been upheld by the Supreme Court in multiple decisions, and, again as I read him, says that the existence, or non-existence, of the right should be found in the Constitution (which can be amended) rather than in the Bible, the Koran, or A Book of Five Rings.
Stick to your day job Jim.