Have you heard the news? The "culture wars" are over! Well, not really. They were over for about five minutes. Now they're back on again.
Here's what happened: Word started getting around that James Dobson of Focus on the Family had given a farewell speech to his staff during which he conceded that the Religious Right had failed to achieve many of its policy goals. Some in the media interpreted this as an admission of defeat and a sign that the Religious Right is giving up. Read more
The relentlessly grim James Dobson has a spring in his step today and a song in his heart. The hopelessly dour Richard Land is sipping eggnog and humming the Hallelujah Chorus. Chuck Colson is doing a little end-zone victory dance.
No, it's not a sudden burst of the Christmas spirit infecting these hard-line Religious Right Scrooges. It's the news that Rich Cizik has been forced out as vice president for governmental affairs at the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). Read more
The day after Thanksgiving is "Black Friday," the traditional start of the December holiday shopping season.
Nervous retailers are watching the bottom line, fretful that the economic downturn will reduce the throngs that usually swamp malls and big box stores on this day.
But Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family has a different worry: Dobson and his band of Religious Right "Christmas Police" are fretting that Americans might accidentally shop at a store that fails to use the proper religiously correct terminology. Thus, they've prepared a handy list for us to use. Read more
Next week, Americans will kick off the holiday season, but sadly, several employees at James Dobson's Focus on the Family (FOF) probably have lost that festive spirit.
On Dobson's radio broadcast yesterday, he shared that Colorado-based FOF is "experiencing the same financial shortfall and some of the pressures that have resulted from the economic downturn in this country." With that said, he announced that 149 filled staff positions and 53 open staff positions are to be cut, 20 percent of the total staff. Read more
Look out, California, the Religious Right is bringing out the big guns!
That is, James Dobson of the Focus on the Family broadcasting empire has accepted an invitation to attend a prayer rally in San Diego this Saturday as the Religious Right's last attempt to pass Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that would deprive gays and lesbians of the right to marry in California. Read more
Back in the fall of 2007, I attended the Family Research Council's "Values Voter Summit." The Republican presidential field was quite crowded then, and all of the major contenders showed up to seek the Religious Right's support.
Some were received with more enthusiasm than others. Mike Huckabee was a big hit, while Fred Thompson fizzled. The reaction to U.S. Sen. John McCain was polite but restrained. Read more