Sunday, August 23, 2009
Focus on the Fundies: FOTF sheds famous anti-gay program
Focus on the Family is still having money problems and has decided to end support for its anti-gay "Love Won Out" program -- one of those "ministries" which attempt to provide "encouragement" for gay people to stop being gay and pretend to be straight. The infamous Exodus International group will be taking it over, and that's got to be a natural fit. Exodus is the "ex-gay" organization whose co-founders finally gave up and stopped the pretense and went back to being as gay as the day they were born.
technorati: Focus on the Family, Love Won Out, antigay
Labels: closet cases, Colorado Springs, Focus on the Family, Focus on the Fundies
Sunday, April 12, 2009
How Colorado Springs became the 'evangelical Vatican'
The Colorado Springs Gazette, which seems to have doubled down on its coverage of the local evangelical industry -- somewhat belatedly, but any documentary evidence is a good thing -- today publishes a piece on how Colorado Springs became the nation's center for big-box Christianism.
technorati: Colorado Springs, evangelicals
Labels: Colorado Springs, Focus on the Family, Focus on the Fundies
Friday, February 27, 2009
BREAKING: Dobson resigns from Focus on the Family
James Dobson, founder and head of the Focus on the Family religious education and lobbying organization, is stepping down, the Associated Press reported.
The 72-year-old Dobson, who is a psychologist by training, has been one of the most powerful religious conservatives in the U.S. for decades. His Focus on the Family organization, despite a financial downturn in recent years, is one of the most influential right-wing Christian organizations. It was a major donor to California's anti-gay-marriage Proposition 8, and its daily radio program is heard on hundreds of religious radio stations around the country.
However, the Proposition 8 win (after which Dobson said he was "jubilant" over the anti-gay law) may have been the group's high point. Earlier this month they lost a battle when the Colorado House passed a domestic partners health care bill. And while it was giving lavishly to the Prop. 8 battle, it continued to suffer financially, laying off 20% of its staff.
The new head of the organization is a retired Air Force general -- Colorado Springs is also home to the Air Force Academy, which has been the site of alleged proselytizing by evangelical Christians -- who is also a former executive with defense contractor Northrup Grumman.
technorati: Focus on the Family, religious right, conservatives, Republicans, Dobson
Labels: Colorado Springs, Focus on the Family, Focus on the Fundies, religious right, Republicans
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Focus on the Fundies: Give money so he can 'minister without hindrance'
For a few months I've been monitoring the ravings of a Pentacostal preacher who is madly trying to establish a nationwide "ministry" dedicated to ridding American cities of Satanic influence. I first noticed him when he made some passing comment about how the Colorado mountain tourist town of Manitou Springs is well-known as a Satanic base camp.* Since then, I've seen him move spastically around the country, from Kansas City to Detroit, attempting to gather followers.
Recently he's been begging openly for money, and a blog posting yesterday really takes the cake for shameless solicitation. Emphasis mine.
Biblically it's clear that believers live in a different economic system, and I'm convinced that the church is called to be financial forerunners -- we are called to lead the way by giving our way out of this recession.So he goes to economically devastated Detroit and invites followers to "Give our way out of this recession." And how will he use that money? To help the poor of Detroit? To retrain auto workers being thrown out of their jobs?
We pray you would consider this to be fertile and good soil for your seed in 2009. In fact, we have many challenges right this very moment, and we'd like to invite you to give before the end of 2008. Your gifts are tax-deductible... Would you invest in this ministry of teaching, planting and revival? Your donation will help us as we... (m)inister in the cities of the earth without any financial hindrance. God has moved powerfully in Detroit and other places through the ministry in 2008. Due to a timely rumbling in this city, we will be ministering in Detroit 6 times (at least) in the first half of 2009 alone.
Your donation will help us as we... (d)evote ourselves to the time consuming yet deeply important ministries of prayer and study. It's common for full-time prayer missionaries to devote 6 hours or more to prayer each day. (And to) Nice! He wants to spend hours of day in prayer, and the rest of the time writing a book. Me too, dude!
Focus on our call to author prophetic materials. I've had a book burning in my spirit for over two years, yet have not had the time to start it.
To top it all off, he illustrates his plea with a picture of his family. Is it a nice soft-toned picture of them wearing sweaters around a Christmas tree? No, they're all looking glumly into the camera with tape over their mouths with the word "LIFE" written on the tape. (A one-year-old baby is spared this discomfort; they stuck the LIFE label on its chest.) I guess the point is, If you don't send him money, it's the same thing as gagging him and his whole family.
If only it were so.
* cached web page
technorati: fundamentalists, Christianists, far-right, evangelicals, bipolar
Labels: bloggers, Colorado Springs, depression, dystopia, economy, evangelicals, Focus on the Family, Focus on the Fundies, religious right
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Focus on the Fundies: Dobson 'jubilant' over anti-gay election wins
Focus on the Family head James Dobson was "jubilant" over passage of gay marriage bans in Florida, California and Arizona, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported. While Dobson praised the election of Barack Obama as "historic," he also said he was concerned that Obama is "in favor of much of the homosexual agency" (sic -- don't know whether this is a typo in the news story or just a brain fart by the sexegenarian Dobson; he undoubtedly meant to refer to the well-known, if non-existent, homosexual agenda).
Dobson's group contributed half a million dollars to help pass California's Proposition 8, which intends to amend the state's constitution to disallow gay marriage. Pro-marriage groups sued Thursday to keep the vote from being enforced.
technorati: James Dobson, Focus on the Family, gay marriage
Labels: Colorado Springs, crypto-fascists, election, Focus on the Family, Focus on the Fundies, gays, James Dobson, religious right, Republicans
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Focus on the Fundies: FOTF to shed more employees
Focus on the Family, the influential fundamentalist media empire headed by Dr. James Dobson, will lay off 46 employees after sales of videos, books and other products failed to meet expectations, an article in the Colorado Springs Gazette reported.
The Colorado Springs company -- which has radio, television, publishing, marketing, distribution and internet divisions -- has been highly influential over the last 25 years in creating the politicized Christian Right. In addition to initiatives like the antigay Love Won Out, which claims that gay people can be converted to heterosexuality, and Pure Intimacy, which addresses porn addiction and other sexual problems among evangelicals, the group has an influential political policy and lobbying arm.
But with disillusionment with the Republican Party spreading among evangelicals, FOTF's influence has also lessened, with donations and newsletter subscriptions way down, according to a January 2008 Time article.
technorati: Focus on the Family, Dobson, evangelicals, Fundies, Christian Right
Labels: Focus on the Family, Focus on the Fundies, James Dobson
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Focus on the Fundies: Scared to death of trannies
A bill in the Colorado Senate would extends gay rights in the state, so the local Taliban are up in arms, saying giving any rights to transexuals would mean "sexual predators will be able to cross-dress and legally use restrooms designated for the opposite sex" and so on.
Focus on the Family and another group are behind this disgusting crap. They are based, of course, in the same city that's home to the Purity Ball I recently wrote about.
technorati: fundamentalists, transexuals, SB200
Labels: Colorado Springs, Focus on the Family, Focus on the Fundies, gays
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Focus on the Fundies: Dobson gives Gingrich a pass
In his continuing stealth campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, Newt Gingrich appeared on foamer James Dobson's Focus on the Family radio show yesterday, confessed his sins, which included committing adultery at the same time he was leading the congressional charge against Bill Clinton.
Jerry Falwell was quick to get in on the story, also obsolving Gingrich and inviting him to speak at Falwell's college.
That he chose Dobson's show for this odd forgiveness ritual -- odd because Dobson, for all his power in the religious right, is not even a minister but only a psychologist -- is a transparent attempt to appeal to the far religious right.
technorati: Newt Gingrich, Jerry Falwell, James Dobson
Labels: Focus on the Family, Focus on the Fundies, hypocrites, James Dobson, Newt Gingrich, religious right
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Colo. Springs evangelical image out of focus, officials believe
Focus on the Fundies ¤
This just in: Colo. Springs evangelical image out of focus, officials believe. Link courtesy Non-Prophet.
Oh, so it's only:
- The home of Focus on the Family, whose founder and head James Dobson on Wednesday compared those who support stem cell research to Nazis
- The home of New Life Church, one of the largest megachurches in the West
- The site of the Air Force Academy, where an investigation recently revealed that Christian proselytizing by staff, teachers and senior cadets had gotten out of hand
Aside from that, I guess those evangelicals are just a drop in the bucket.
New Life Church, Air Force Academy, Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs
Labels: Colorado Springs, Focus on the Family, New Life Church
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