I’m not sure the big deal. Cute commercial and, you know, free country if you can buy the air time.
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Okay… so… some are finding this offensive…
Just look at the flippant claim central to this video. The “ex-gay” Jeff Johnston is positioned alongside the the “used to be” alcoholic (Gary Schneeberger) and “used to be” orphan (president Jim Daly), as if all three things are universally accepted struggles or hardships. Do they even realize how unbelievably offensive this is to so many people?! And not just gay people either: The idea that LGB people are in need of some sort of “redemption” is seen as deeply out-of-line by anyone who supports the credible science as it applies to our world and its spectrum of normalcy.
Rules of Engagement: All are Created in the Image of God. Remember that.
This pretty well sums up what I’ve seen from Focus on the Family:
“He wants to take Focus back to the original mission of helping marriages and family, distancing themselves from the more political emphasis that they had under Dr. Dobson,” says Pederson, who has spoken with Daly several times. “The stations that carry Focus have noticed that and appreciate the change.”
Even non-Christians have noted a shift at Focus. “Friendly atheist” blogger Hemant Mehta wrote about how surprised he was when he attended a Wheaton College event where Daly spoke and did not mention gay marriage. A Focus spokesperson e-mailed Mehta and said he appreciated the feedback. “I wasn’t expecting that type of outreach.” Still, Mehta says, he and his friends see Focus on the Family as an obstacle when it comes to issues like same-sex marriage.
“I assure you no gay people are saying, ‘Focus on the Family is a great organization now that James Dobson has left!’” Mehta says. “The group may have a more affable public face in Jim Daly, but its positions haven’t changed, so Daly has a very uphill battle ahead of him if he wants to build bridges to the non-Christian community.”
Read the entire article, please.
*support the good that they are doing and the acknowledgement that everyone deserves respect and dignity as well as religious rights and gay rights aren’t opposed to one another. I would encourage you to note the changes, the sometimes slow pace, but the slow shift to focusing on ministry, and not politics.
- Apprising Ministries-Focus on the Family Disrespects Lighthouse Trails To Promote Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism (theexpositor.wordpress.com)
- The Revamped Focus on the Family (friendlyatheist.com)
- TOMS Shoes: Focus on the Family Misrepresented Relationship (bilerico.com)
Really? That was it? What – 30 seconds? Even NOW – the National Organization for Woman – did have a problem with it:
College football superstar Tim Tebow is standing fast behind a pro-life ad developed by Focus on the Family and set to air on CBS on Super Bowl Sunday. Although the ad has not been released, abortion advocacy groups are already demanding that it be scrapped, since it likely features the story of how Tebow’s mother chose life when doctors were urging her abort her now-famous son.
Several gay rights organizations have announced they plan to protest a Focus on the Family “Love Won Out” conference on homosexuality that will be held Saturday (Nov. 7), at this city’s Metropolitan Church of God.
James Dobson, the voice of conservative Christian group Focus on the Family since its inception, is leaving the organization’s flagship daily radio broadcast.
Focus on the Family spokesman Gary Schneeberger says Dobson will go off the air at the end of February. He said Friday it was a mutual decision of Dobson and the board, and that more details are forthcoming.
Dobson, 73, a strong voice in conservative Christian politics, has taken on a reduced role at Focus on the Family as part of a succession plan. He resigned as president in 2003, and as board chairman in February.
The evangelical group recently laid off staff because of a decline in donations.
Focus on the Family, James Dobson’s anti-LGBT empire and the largest organization in the religious right, announced earlier this week that it would be selling off its ex-gay therapy program called “Love Won Out.” The organization says it’s part of an effort to downsize in the wake of record profit losses of nearly $6 million. The news comes days after the nation’s largest psychological organization released a report condemning ex-gay therapies.
You just thought the Crusades were so last year. I really don’t like to get into politics on this blog, however I do monitor the cross section of religion and the world around us. Well, I attempt to at least. Today, the Nation broke a story which may or may not interest us, but is certainly worth noting – especially for the play it will get in the Islamic areas: