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(RNS) Focus on the Family has announced 110 job cuts in the latest round of layoffs that the Colorado ministry attributes to the departure of founder James Dobson and the reduced financial support from donors. This is not a happy time, obviously, having to say `goodbye’ to some of our ministry family, said Focus spokesman […] Read More

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 […] Read More

James Dobson’s detractors responded with glee to his announced resignation as chair of the board of directors of Focus on the Family. The reaction of his supporters was muted. Dobson’s decision probably means less than his detractors hope, more than his supporters fear and trouble for both groups. The gay blogosphere sparkled with celebration about […] Read More

For the past eight years, James Dobson’s brand of Christianity has been normative in the land. Dobson has preached a Christ acceptable to the present Bush administration. When George W. Bush and company get down on their knees, they pray to the same Christ to whom Dobson turns for guidance in making moral decisions. Not […] Read More

Focus on the Family founder James Dobson said in an e-mail to friends he will not support Fred Thompson for president, citing in part the GOP hopeful’s lack of church attendance. The Associated Press reported parts of a private e-mail that Dobson reportedly sent to friends accusing the former senator and actor of being wrong […] Read More

A major newspaper backed away from declaring Focus on the Family founder James Dobson a fan of Harry Potter, despite articles on Dobson’s Web site which fellow fundamentalists have long attacked as “conditional acceptance” of the hit fantasy film and book series that some Christians fear leads children into witchcraft. The Washington Post promptly corrected […] Read More

A group of anti-abortion activists accuse Focus on the Family founder James Dobson of selling out the pro-life movement by applauding an April Supreme Court ruling upholding a federal ban on “partial-birth” abortion. An open letter published as a full-page ad in two newspapers called the court’s April 18 ruling “wicked,” and called on Dobson […] Read More

Focus on the Family founder James Dobson–widely viewed as an influential kingmaker for the Religious Right–says he would not vote for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani under any circumstances. Given a “Hobson’s choice”–an apparently free choice that is no choice at all–between Giuliani and Democrats Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, Dobson said in a […] Read More

Focus on the Family founder James Dobson and about a dozen other pro-family leaders met privately with President Bush recently about Iraq, Iran and the war on terror. As reported first by Max Blumenthal at The Raw Story, Dobson described a series of meetings in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Washington on Monday’s […] Read More

In their book “Blinded by Might” conservative Christians Cal Thomas and Ed Dobson chided Religious Right leaders for becoming too involved in politics. In one chapter entitled “Focus on the Family, Not on Politics,” Thomas critiques comments and actions by James Dobson. “It is our concern that his current focus on politics will derail and […] Read More