Barack Obama says evangelical leader James Dobson was "making stuff up" when he accused the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee of distorting the Bible.
Dobson used his Focus on the Family radio program yesterday to highlight excerpts of a 2006 speech in which Obama called Jesus' Sermon on the Mount "radical" and said the Old Testament suggests slavery is OK and eating shellfish is an abomination.
Dobson accused Obama of "dragging biblical understanding through the gutter."
Speaking to reporters on his campaign plane Tuesday, Obama said he was arguing that people of faith should translate their concerns into "a universal language" rather than having religion divide Americans.
Dobson said that would deny the legitimacy of people's religious convictions.