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Focus on the Family's Visitor's Welcome Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Focus on the Family's Visitor's Welcome Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The graphic identity of Focus on the Family
The graphic identity of Focus on the Family

Focus on the Family (FOTF, or FotF) is an American evangelical non-profit organization. It was founded in 1977 by Dr. James Dobson, and is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Focus on the Family is one of a number of evangelical parachurch organizations that rose to prominence in the 1980s. A major component of the American Christian right, it is active in promoting interdenominational work for a social conservative public policy. The organization describes itself as "dedicated to nurturing and defending families worldwide" and protecting conservative values. Some of the core promotional activities of the organization include a daily radio broadcast by Dobson and his colleagues, providing free family counseling and resources, and publishing a variety of conservative magazines, religious videos, and audio recordings. The organization also produces specialized programs for targeted audiences, such as Adventures in Odyssey for children, dramas, and Family Minute with James Dobson. Focus on the Family reaches 220 million listeners daily, on over 7,000 stations in 160 countries. Colorado Springs is most populous Home Rule Municipality in the State of Colorado. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Unbalanced_scales. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Relation to other religions Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Christianity Portal This box:      Evangelicalism is a theological perspective in Protestant Christianity which identifies with the gospel. ... A non-profit organization (abbreviated NPO, or non-profit or not-for-profit) is an organization whose primary objective is to support an issue or matter of private interest or public concern for non-commercial purposes, without concern for monetary profit. ... James Dobson, Ph. ... Colorado Springs is most populous Home Rule Municipality in the State of Colorado. ... Official language(s) English Demonym Coloradan Capital Denver Largest city Denver Largest metro area Denver-Aurora Metro Area Area  Ranked 8th in the US  - Total 104,185 sq mi (269,837 km²)  - Width 280 miles (451 km)  - Length 380 miles (612 km)  - % water 0. ... Many organisations set up in the last few centuries by evangelical christians are interdenominational and called parachurch organisations See also Neo-evangelical parachurch organisations Subcategories There is 1 subcategory to this category. ... The 1980s was the decade spanning from 1980 to 1989, also called The Eighties. The decade saw social, economic and general upheaval as wealth, production and western culture migrated to new industrializing economies. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      The Christian... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Ecumenism. ... Social conservatism generally refers to a political ideology or personal belief system that advocates the conservation or resurrection of what one, or ones community, considers to be traditional morality and social structure. ... Public policy is a course of action or inaction chosen by public authorities to address a problem. ... For other uses, see Family (disambiguation). ... The word counseling or counselling comes from the Middle English counseil, from Old French conseil, from Latin cōnsilium; akin to cōnsulere, to take counsel, consult. ...


From an ethics standpoint, Focus on the Family has been criticized by mainstream medical, psychological and mental health organizations for misleading the public, and top academics have charged Focus on the Family with manipulating research in misleading ways. [1][2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

Contents

Leadership

Leadership for the organization was provided by Dobson alone until 2003. In 2003, Donald P. Hodel became president and chief executive officer, tasked with the day-to-day operations. This left Dobson as chairman of the Board of Directors, with chiefly creative and speaking duties. Categories: 1935 births | U.S. Secretaries of Energy | U.S. Secretaries of the Interior | People stubs ... For other uses, see President (disambiguation). ... Chief Executive redirects here. ... A Chairman is the presiding officer of a meeting, organization, committee, or other deliberative body. ...


In March 2005, Hodel retired and Jim Daly, formerly the Vice President in charge of Focus on the Family's International Division, assumed the role of president and chief executive officer. For other uses, see President (disambiguation). ... Chief Executive redirects here. ...


Adventures in Odyssey

Main article: Adventures in Odyssey

FOTF also produces a children's radio drama entitled Adventures in Odyssey. It began in 1987 as Family Portraits, starring an elderly Christian gentleman named John Avery Whittaker (aka "Whit"), who runs a popular ice cream shop/"discovery emporium" called Whit's End; and he imparts Christian wisdom to the children of the town of Odyssey. It was renamed "Odyssey USA" in November 1987 and took on its present name, "Adventures in Odyssey" in April 1988. [7] Adventures in Odyssey, commonly abbreviated AIO or simply Odyssey, is an Evangelical Christian-themed radio drama/comedy series created by Phil Lollar and Steve Harris for Focus on the Family in 1987. ... Adventures in Odyssey, commonly abbreviated AIO or simply Odyssey, is an Evangelical Christian-themed radio drama/comedy series created by Phil Lollar and Steve Harris for Focus on the Family in 1987. ...


Radio Theatre

A wall in Whit's End at the visitor's center showing the Adventures in Odyssey voice actors, challenging viewers to match them with the characters.
A wall in Whit's End at the visitor's center showing the Adventures in Odyssey voice actors, challenging viewers to match them with the characters.

Focus on The Family Radio Theatre is a series of audio dramas adapting classic literature, mystery mini-series and biographical productions, extending its reach to the mainstream as well as the Christian audience. The endeavor began through the efforts of former Adventures in Odyssey producers Dave Arnold and Paul McCusker, along with casting director Philip Glassborow based in England. Whits End is the centerpiece of the radio series Adventures in Odyssey, founded, owned, and operated by John Avery Whittaker. ... Adventures in Odyssey, commonly abbreviated AIO or simply Odyssey, is an Evangelical Christian-themed radio drama/comedy series created by Phil Lollar and Steve Harris for Focus on the Family in 1987. ... A voice actor (or voice artist) is a person who provides voices for computer and video games, puppet shows, amusement rides, audio dramas, dubbed foreign language films, stop motion, and animation works (including cartoons, animated feature films, animated shorts), and radio and television commercials. ... Adventures in Odyssey, commonly abbreviated AIO or simply Odyssey, is an Evangelical Christian-themed radio drama/comedy series created by Phil Lollar and Steve Harris for Focus on the Family in 1987. ...


Radio Theatre began with historical biographies of Squanto ("The Legend of Squanto"), Jesus ("The Luke Reports") and Dietrich Bonhoeffer ("Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom"), and in 1996, a 90-minute radio drama based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol was produced and aired as a broadcast special. This article is about the actual historical figure. ... This article is about Jesus of Nazareth. ... Dietrich Bonhoeffer [] (February 4, 1906 – April 9, 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, participant in the German Resistance movement against Nazism, and a founding member of the Confessing Church. ... Dickens redirects here. ... For other uses, see A Christmas Carol (disambiguation). ...


In 2003, Focus on the Family Radio Theatre released an audio dramatization of C. S. Lewis' epic novel series The Chronicles of Narnia, with David Suchet providing the voice of Aslan, and over 100 English actors rounding out the cast. Lewis' stepson, Douglas Gresham, serves as host--sharing his personal stories at the beginning of each audio drama. Clive Staples Jack Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963), commonly referred to as C. S. Lewis, was an Irish author and scholar. ... Narnia redirects here. ... David Suchet, OBE (born 2 May 1946) is an English actor, known for his work on British television. ... For other uses, see Aslan (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Douglas Gresham (born November, 1945) is a British biographer and film producer. ...


Father Gilbert Mysteries

Main article: Father Gilbert Mysteries

Radio Theatre also had a successful original miniseries, the Father Gilbert Mysteries, which tell of the strange spiritual mysteries encountered by Louis Gilbert, a cop-turned-Anglican-priest, who lives in Stonebridge, an English village in the shire of Sussex (ignoring the fact that Sussex is not and never was a shire), and ministers to the people of the town from St. Mark's Church. Nine episodes have been produced in four volumes available on cassette and CD. The cover to the 10-CD gift box edition of Father Gilbert Mysteries Father Gilbert Mysteries is an original miniseries within Focus on the Familys Radio Theatre. ... The cover to the 10-CD gift box edition of Father Gilbert Mysteries Father Gilbert Mysteries is an original miniseries within Focus on the Familys Radio Theatre. ... The term Anglican describes those people and churches following the religious traditions of the Church of England, especially following the Reformation. ... A shire is an administrative area of Great Britain and Australia. ... This article refers to the historic county in England. ... The Compact Cassette, often referred to as audio cassette, cassette tape, cassette, or simply tape, is a magnetic tape sound recording format. ... CD may stand for: Compact Disc Canadian Forces Decoration Cash Dispenser (at least used in Japan) CD LPMud Driver Centrum-Demokraterne (Centre Democrats of Denmark) Certificate of Deposit České Dráhy (Czech Railways) Chad (NATO country code) Chalmers Datorförening (computer club of the Chalmers University of Technology) a 1960s...


Political positions and activities

The Visitor's Center contains an indoor children's play area that includes a Whit's End, theater, three-story slide, radio facilities and cafe, amongst other amenities.
The Visitor's Center contains an indoor children's play area that includes a Whit's End, theater, three-story slide, radio facilities and cafe, amongst other amenities.

As a 501(c)(3) corporation, Focus on the Family is not permitted to advocate any individual political candidate. However, in its radio broadcast, it often discusses political issues and current events, usually through a Christian conservative point of view. Dobson is among the Christian conservative leaders who have met with and advised President George W. Bush. Focus on the Family's magazine Citizen is exclusively devoted to politics. The FOF also has an affiliated group, Focus on the Family Action (a.k.a. Focus Action), though the two groups are legally separate. As a 501(c)(4) social welfare group, Focus Action has fewer political lobbying restrictions. FoTF's revenue in 2005 was USD $142M, and that of FoTF Action was $14.7M.[8] [9] Whits End is the centerpiece of the radio series Adventures in Odyssey, founded, owned, and operated by John Avery Whittaker. ... 501(c)(3) is a provision of the US tax code that provides exempt status, for Federal income tax purposes, for some non-profit organizations in the United States (see 26 U.S.C. Â§ 501(c)(3)). The term refers to: Section 501. ... Focus on the Family Action (sometimes just Focus Action) founded in April 2004, is a evangelical Christian 501(c)(4) non-profit organization based in the United States. ... 501(c)(4) refers to a provision of the United States Internal Revenue Code providing an exemption from the imposition of Federal income tax for the following kinds of entities: Civic leagues or organizations not organized for profit but operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare, or local associations...

The Administration Building is one of four on the campus.
The Administration Building is one of four on the campus.

The group supports the teaching of "traditional family values". It advocates school sponsored prayer and supports corporal punishment.[10] It strongly opposes abortion, so-called militant feminism, homosexuality, discrimination against people of religion[citation needed], pornography, and pre-marital and extramarital sexual activity. Focus on the Family also embraces and reflects the wider political agenda of its audience, for instance promoting a religiously-centered conception of American identity and the support of Israel. School prayer in its most common usage refers to state sanctioned prayer by students in state schools. ... Corporal punishment is the deliberate infliction of pain and suffering intended to change a persons behavior or to punish them. ... Porn redirects here. ... This article is about sexual practices (i. ...


Focus on the Family maintains a strong pro-life stand against abortion, and provides grant funding and medical training to assist crisis pregnancy centers (also known as pregnancy resource centers) in obtaining ultrasound machines. According to the organization, this funding, which has allowed CPCs to provide pregnant women with live sonogram images of the developing fetus, has led directly to the birth of over 1500 babies who would have otherwise been aborted.[5][6] A crisis pregnancy center is a non-profit organization, generally established by Christian pro-life supporters, as a means of encouraging pregnant women not to have abortions. ...


Focus on the Family also maintains a strong stand against gay marriage, the Matthew Shepard Act or any other movement it perceives to be a part of "The Gay Agenda". Focus on the Family's Love Won Out is involved in the ex-gay movement in cooperation with Exodus International & NARTH. Same-sex marriage is marriage between individuals who are of the same legal or biological sex. ... LGBT rights Around the world By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Discrimination Violence This box:      The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 (LLEHCPA; sometimes called the Matthew Shepard Act), HR 1592, would expand the 1969 United States federal hate... The ex-gay or exodus movement claims that homosexuals can become heterosexual or otherwise leave homosexuality behind through counselling, prayer, and other therapies if they choose to do so. ... Exodus International is the largest Christian referral and information ministry in the ex-gay movement, promoting the message of Freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ. ... The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) is a non-profit organization dedicated to affirming a complementary, male-female model of gender and sexuality. NARTH is a proponent of the idea that it is possible alter ones sexual preferences or sexual orientation, that homosexuality is a...


Focus on the Family also supports prohibition of all gambling in America. This position has created some controversy within the Christian community, as gambling is not prohibited in the Bible[11]. This schism is evidenced by the fact that many churches hold gambling contests, especially bingo, to raise funds. Focus’ insistence on this position, as a result, has been interpreted as “extra-Biblical doctrine” that was created by some within the Christian Right who are personally opposed to gambling. At the November 14, 2007 House Judiciary Committee hearing entitled “Hearing on Establishing Consistent Enforcement Policies in the Context of Online Wagers”[12], Family Research Council Vice President Tom McClusky testified that his organization favored banning Internet poker in the United States. When questioned further by Steve Cohen [D-TN] on how much gambling FRC advocated banning, McClusky testified that FRC wished to ban all gambling in America, including even poker[13]. Upon hearing this, Rep. Cohen incredulously asked "is there any fun you are for?", leading many in the blogosphere to nickname FoF “Foes of Fun”[14]. Gamble redirects here. ... For other uses, see Bible (disambiguation). ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      The Christian... U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary, or (more commonly) the House Judiciary Committee, is a standing committee of the United States House of Representatives. ... // Online poker adverts on the London Underground Online poker is the game of poker played over the Internet. ... Stephen Ira Steve Cohen (born May 24, 1949) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing Tennessees ninth district. ... For the domestic fireplace tool, see fireplace poker. ...


Focus on the Family broadcasts a national talk radio program of the same name hosted by Dobson or his aides. The program has a range of themes, such as Christian-oriented assistance for victims of rape or child abuse; parenting difficulties; child adoption; husband/wife roles; family history and traditions; struggles with gambling, pornography, alcohol, and drugs; and many other themes. When programs deal with civic issues, listeners often respond to these programs by contacting political leaders. For other uses, see Talk Radio. ... Child abuse is the physical, psychological or sexual abuse or neglect of children. ... For other uses, see Parent (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Adoption (disambiguation). ... Gamble redirects here. ... Porn redirects here. ... Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ... Drug addiction, or dependency is the compulsive use of drugs, to the point where the user has no effective choice but to continue use. ...


Focus on the Family has been a prominent supporter of intelligent design, publishing pro-intelligent design articles in its Citizen magazine and selling intelligent design videos on its website.[15][16] Focus on the Family co-published the intelligent design videotape Unlocking the Mystery of Life with the Discovery Institute, hub of the intelligent design movement.[17] Focus on the Family employee Mark Hartwig is also a fellow of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture, a connection which has helped to publicize intelligent design extensively; James Dobson often features intelligent design proponents on his Focus on the Family radio program. Focus on the Family's Family.org is a significant online resource for intelligent design articles.[18][19] For other uses, see Intelligent design (disambiguation). ... The Discovery Institute is a think tank based in Seattle, Washington best known for its advocacy of intelligent design and its Teach the Controversy campaign to teach creationist beliefs in United States public high school science courses. ... The intelligent design movement is a neo-creationist religious campaign that calls for broad social, academic and political changes derived from the concept of intelligent design. ... The Center for Science and Culture (CSC), formerly known as the Center for Renewal of Science and Culture (CRSC), is part of the Discovery Institute, a conservative Christian think tank in the United States. ...


Love Won Out

FOTF's bookstore at their headquarters contain a variety of material on Christian living, Bibles and religious paraphernalia.
FOTF's bookstore at their headquarters contain a variety of material on Christian living, Bibles and religious paraphernalia.

Focus on the Family's Love Won Out ministry's mission is to exhort and equip the church to respond in what they claim is a Christ-like way to the "condition" of (non-biological) homosexuality from, "a biblical point of view." They work with Exodus International and NARTH to work with people with an ego-dystonic homosexual orientation to be healed and those who have participated in homosexual behavior to achieve forgiveness for what they consider a sin.[20] It teaches that "The foundation of society for the family is marriage of a man and a woman for life" and that "Scripture is very clear in its condemnation of homosexual conduct, for such sin is a deviation from God's creation and design."[21] Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... A medieval copy of the Bible. ... Exodus International is the largest Christian referral and information ministry in the ex-gay movement, promoting the message of Freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ. ... The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) is a non-profit organization dedicated to affirming a complementary, male-female model of gender and sexuality. NARTH is a proponent of the idea that it is possible alter ones sexual preferences or sexual orientation, that homosexuality is a... Egodystonic sexual orientation is an egodystonic condition. ... Sexual behavior is a form of physical intimacy that may be directed to reproduction (one possible goal of sexual intercourse) and/or to the enjoyment of activity involving sexual gratification. ... For other uses, see Forgiveness (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Sin (disambiguation). ...


They are against same-sex marriage, gay-affirming curricula taught in schools, and other aspects they perceive to be a part of "The Gay Agenda", which they believe is normalizing destructive and "unhealthy" abnormal behavior.[22] They have stated Recognized in some regions Foreign marriages recognized Civil unions and registered partnerships Recognized in some regions Unregistered co-habitation Recognition debated Same-sex marriage debated, recognition granted United States (CT, DC, HI, ME, NH, NJ, OR, VT, WA) See also This box:      Same-sex marriage (also referred to as gay...

homosexuals are entitled to the same basic rights as other citizens. Focus on the Family stands against any movement to deny them rights, persecute them, deprive them of employment or housing or harass them in any way. Nevertheless, Focus does take strong exception to the activist movement that seeks to gain special privileges and protected minority status for the homosexual community. There is no evidence that homosexuals as a class are discriminated against in the present society. They are not like African-Americans, Hispanics or other historically disadvantaged groups, for their identity is based on changeable behavior, not on unchangeable skin color or ethnic status. Additionally, homosexuals have far higher average incomes, education that most Americans, along with a significant political influence.[23]

Controversy and Criticisms of Love Won Out

"The American Psychological Association, for instance, declared in 2006: 'There is simply no sufficiently scientifically sound evidence that sexual orientation can be changed. Our further concern is that the positions espoused by NARTH [the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality] and Focus on the Family create an environment in which prejudice and discrimination can flourish.'" [24] The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) is a non-profit organization dedicated to affirming a complementary, male-female model of gender and sexuality. NARTH is a proponent of the idea that it is possible alter ones sexual preferences or sexual orientation, that homosexuality is a...


International Associate and Regional Offices

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Controversy and criticism

The Christian flag flies alongside the organization's flag outside the Administration Building.
The Christian flag flies alongside the organization's flag outside the Administration Building.

On July 17, 2006, Soulforce, a gay rights group, "accused Focus on the Family founder James Dobson of manipulating research data to say gays and lesbians are not good parents ... [but a] Focus on the Family official denied the allegation."[3] Judith Stacey, a sociologist at New York University, said Focus on the Family "manipulated" her work "in an attempt to show gays and lesbians do not make good parents."[3] Focus on the Family officially denied the allegation.[3] The Christian Flag The Christian Flag is a flag designed to represent all of Christianity (see also Christendom), but flown mainly by Protestant churches in North America, Africa, and Latin America. ... Soulforce is an interfaith organization based in the United States committed to religious-based hate, violence and discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons. ... The gay rights movement is a collection of loosely aligned civil rights groups, human rights groups, support groups and political activists seeking acceptance, tolerance and equality for non-heterosexual, (homosexual, bisexual), and transgender people - despite the fact that it is typically referred to as the gay rights movement, members also... New York University (NYU) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in New York City. ...


In December 2006, two more scientists alleged that Dobson misrepresented their research. In a guest column published in Time Magazine titled Two Mommies is One Too Many, Dobson argued that same-sex couples are unsuitable parents, citing research by New York University educational psychologist Carol Gilligan, Ph.D, and Kyle Pruett, M.D. of the Yale School of Medicine.[25] After the article's publication, Gilligan accused Dobson of "twisting" and "distorting" her research.[4] Pruett also disagreed with Dobson's representation of his work, saying in a letter to Dobson, "You cherry-picked a phrase to shore up highly (in my view) discriminatory purposes...This practice is condemned in real science, common though it may be in pseudo-science circles. There is nothing in my longitudinal research or any of my writings to support such conclusions."[4] It was reported that Pruett's work suggests the opposite of Dobson's assertions.[4] Truth Wins Out called on Time magazine to renounce Dobson's article. Gilligan asked Focus on the Family to never quote from her work again, and to issue an apology.[26] Pruett requested that Focus on the Family seek his permission before using his work in the future.[27] Dobson has defended his usage of the research.[28] New York University (NYU) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in New York City. ... Carol Gilligan (1936– ) is an American feminist, ethicist, and psychologist best known for her work with and against Lawrence Kohlberg on ethical community and ethical relationships, and certain subject-object problems in ethics. ... Dr. Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry and Director of Medical Studies at the Yale University Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine. ... The Yale School of Medicine is a private medical school located in New Haven, Connecticut. ... A typical 18th century phrenology chart. ... Longitudinal studies form a class of research methods that involve observations of the same items over a longer time. ... Truth Wins Out (abbreviated TWO) is an organization formed by Wayne Besen to counteract what it refers to as the ex-gay myth. ... TIME redirects here. ...


On August 11, 2006, James Dobson publicly defended Mel Gibson after Gibson made anti-Semitic remarks to police officers during a DUI traffic stop.[8] In a statement, Dobson announced he supported "Mel Gibson and his film, The Passion of the Christ," saying Gibson's anti-Semitic remarks had nothing to do with "one of the finest films of this era." He explained further that "we certainly do not condone that racially insensitive outburst," but added, "Mel has apologized profusely for the incident and there the matter should rest." On the movie, "Our endorsement of it stands as originally stated. We did not believe it was anti-Semitic in 2004, and our views have not changed," Dobson said. Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson, AO (born January 3, 1956) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American-Australian actor, director, producer and screenwriter. ... Antisemitism (alternatively spelled anti-semitism or anti-Semitism, also known as judeophobia) is prejudice and hostility toward Jews as a religious, racial, or ethnic group. ... For other uses, see Under the influence. ... This article is about the film. ...


Perhaps the most frequent controversy surrounding Dobson is that despite his assertion that he is not a partisan, he has often advised President Bush and advocated for conservative policies. Liberal critics accuse him of using his position to advance a right-wing agenda. Writing in Slate magazine in 2004, Michael Crowley said that Dobson "...proselytized hard for Bush this last year, organizing huge stadium rallies and using his radio program to warn his 7 million American listeners that not to vote would be a sin. Dobson may have delivered Bush his victories in Ohio and Florida." [9] There are also numerous examples of Dobson openly advocating on behalf of Republican candidates. (See for example the New York Times article by David Kirkpatrick, 13 May 2004, "Warily, a Religious Leader Lifts His Voice in Politics.")


In May 2008, the American Psychiatric Association was forced to cancel a workshop on religion and homosexuality during its annual conference "after gay activists campaigned against the two evangelicals slated to appear on the panel ... of the symposium, 'Homosexuality and Therapy: The Religious Dimension....'" FOTF was accused by "the openly gay New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson" of "us[ing] this event to draw credibility to the so-called reparative therapy movement...." The Bishop suddenly backed out of his scheduled appearance, essentially killing the symposium. "'It was a way to have a balanced discussion about religion and how it influences therapy,' said David Scasta, a former AGLP, (Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists,) president and a gay psychiatrist in charge of assembling the panel. 'We wanted to talk rationally, calmly and respectfully to each other, but the external forces made it into a divisive debate it never intended to be.'" [10] Due to the epidemic of medical errors, readers are cautioned to be aware that the American Psychiatric Association isnt immune to this. ...


Academics and others have criticized Focus on the Family for misrepresentation of research data that was published in a Time magazine article. [3] [4] [29] [30]


See also

The culture war (or culture wars) in American usage is a metaphor used to claim that political conflict is based on sets of conflicting values. ... Focus on the Family Action (sometimes just Focus Action) founded in April 2004, is a evangelical Christian 501(c)(4) non-profit organization based in the United States. ... Focus on the Family Canada is a Canadian affiliate of the American evangelical Christian organization Focus on the Family. ... The Focus on the Family Institute is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado and is a satellite organization of Focus on the Family. ... The Family Research Council (FRC) is a Christian conservative non-profit lobbying organization, formed in the United States by James Dobson in 1981 and incorporated 1983. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      The Christian... For other people with the surname Dobson, see Dobson (surname). ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.apa.org/pi/lgbc/publications/justthefacts.html American Psychological Association: Just the Facts About Sexual Orientation & Youth "was developed and is endorsed by the following organizations:American Academy of Pediatrics, American Counseling Association, American Association of School Administrators, American Federation of Teachers, American Psychological Association, American School Health Association, Interfaith Alliance Foundation, National Association of School Psychologists, National Association of Social Workers and the National Education Association"
  2. ^ http://www.psych.org/psych_pract/copptherapyaddendum83100.cfm American Psychiatric Association Position Statement on Therapies Focused on Attempts to Change Sexual Orientation (Reparative or Conversion Therapies)
  3. ^ a b c d e Paulson, Steven K. (2006-08-17). Gay Rights Group: Dobson Manipulated Data. Washington Post. Retrieved on 2008-05-21.
  4. ^ a b c d e Scientists fume after Focus on the Family chief Dobson 'misrepresents' work on gays Raw Story, December 15, 2006.
  5. ^ James Dobson Slammed By Professor For Distorting Her Research In Time Magazine, news release from Truth Wins Out, retrieved December 15, 2006.
  6. ^ Yale Professor Says James Dobson 'Cherry Picked' His Research in Time Magazine Article, news release from Truth Wins Out, retrieved December 15, 2006.
  7. ^ Adventures in Odyssey online. Retrieved on 2007-10-11.
  8. ^ Focus of the Family Form 990s tax filing
  9. ^ Focus of the Family Action Form 990s tax filing
  10. ^ Focus on the Family Defends Parents' Right to Discipline Archive copy at the Internet Archive
  11. ^ [1]May 6, 2003, Moral Crusader Says He Will Gamble No More, New York Times
  12. ^ [2]Hearing on Establishing Consistent Enforcement Policies in the Context of Online Wagers
  13. ^ [3]Hearing on Establishing Consistent Enforcement Policies in the Context of Online Wagers
  14. ^ [4]FoF = Foes of Fun?
  15. ^ Inferior Design Chris Mooney. The American Prospect Online, September 2005
  16. ^ Expert Witness Report Barbara Forrest. Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. (PDF file)
  17. ^ Unlocking the Mystery of Life Stephen C. Meyer and W. Peter Allen. Center for Science and Culture July 15, 2004
  18. ^ Feature Articles Focus On Social Issues - Origins. CitizenLink, Focus on the Family
  19. ^ Recommended Reading List Focus On Social Issues - Origins. CitizenLink, Focus on the Family
  20. ^ Love Won Out Guide, Pg 7 "The sin of homosexual behavior, like all sins, can be forgiven and healed"
  21. ^ Focus on the Family's Love Won Out Conference Guide Copyrighted 2005–2006Archive copy at the Internet Archive
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