Archive for the ‘Focus On The Family’ Category

Focus On The Family, Government-Sponsored Religion, Religious Right Research

The Missouri Senate has spoken, and for the third year in a row, it has refused to advance a constitutional amendment permitting government-sponsored religious activities.

Religious Right activists, who lobbied hard for the measure, are none too happy about losing, again –and have pinned the blame on Americans United and our allies.

We’re happy to accept this blame. AU […] Read More

Focus On The Family, Government-Sponsored Religion, James Dobson, Religious Right Research

Today is the congressionally mandated National Day of Prayer (NDP), and despite a recent federal court decision ruling the day unconstitutional, it must still go on.

A few weeks ago, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb of the Western District of Wisconsin ruled that the 1952 statute mandating a national day of prayer was unconstitutional because it’s sole purpose “is […] Read More

Focus On The Family, James Dobson, Religious Right Research

Bust out your radios, kiddies, because Dr. James Dobson has returned to the airwaves.

You might recall that Dobson, founder of the Religious Right powerhouse Focus on the Family (FOF), announced last year that he planned to retire from the group and cease his daily radio broadcasts.

Not long after that, Dobson announced that he wasn’t really retiring. He […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives, Focus On The Family, Marriage & Sexuality

Just how rotten was the “faith-based” initiative under President George W. Bush?

Let the Iowa Independent fill you in.

In an April 16 report, the online newspaper reported that the Iowa Family Policy Council (IFPC) has received more than $3 million in federal grants through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The money was supposedly earmarked for […] Read More

Focus On The Family, James Dobson, Religious Right Research

Told ya so!

Back in April, when Religious Right bigwig James Dobson announced his “retirement” from Focus on the Family, Americans United was skeptical. We pointed out that while Dobson was giving up some managerial duties, he still planned to broadcast over the radio, issue monthly letters to supporters and hand out political endorsements. It didn’t look like much was […] Read More

Focus On The Family, James Dobson, Religious Right Research

James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family (FOF), is not a happy camper these days.

“What is happening in Washington right now is my greatest nightmare,” Dobson said during a recent radio broadcast. He opined that everything he has worked on for 25 years is “coming apart…. It’s unbelievable what’s taking place.”

In separate remarks while accepting an award […] Read More

Family Research Council, Focus On The Family, Marriage & Sexuality, Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research, Tony Perkins

I endured my second Values Voter Summit over the weekend, and as my colleague Rob Boston shared with you yesterday, it was an interesting time.

Like Rob, I was subjected to some crazy Religious Right rants and raves. But it doesn’t upset me that much any more. After all, I’ve read or heard most of them before, and the […] Read More

American Family Association, Don Wildmon, Family Research Council, Focus On The Family, James Dobson, Religious Right Research, Tony Perkins

I’m back from the Religious Right Bizarro World that is the “Values Voter Summit.” As always, it was quite an experience.

I’ll have a full report on the event in the October Church & State, but I wanted to share some things I learned at the Summit with you today:

* Be As Partisan As You Want To Be: I’m […] Read More

Focus On The Family, James Dobson, Religious Right Research

A few months ago, it seemed Focus on the Family may have been coming around to – dare I say it? – a refreshingly moderate outlook.

Jim Daly recently took over president and chief executive responsibilities from James Dobson, the founder of the Religious Right outfit.

Back in June, while visiting Washington to participate in President Barack Obama’s White House […] Read More

American Center for Law and Justice, American Family Association, Don Wildmon, Family Research Council, Focus On The Family, James Dobson, Jay Sekulow, Jerry Falwell Sr, Religious Right Research, Tony Perkins

I don’t know what kind of Supreme Court justice Sonya Sotomayor will turn out to be.

My hope is that she’s much in the vein as the man she will probably replace – David H. Souter.

But although I’m uncertain about Sotomayor’s views on separation of church and state, there’s one thing I know for sure: She deserves a fair […] Read More

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