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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

Falwell is back. What are centrist-to-progressive people of faith going to do about his agenda of using pulpits to mobilize Christian voters? When Jerry Falwell first emerged with the Moral Majority in the late 1970s, a lot of centrist-to-progressive faith leaders dismissed his crusade and underestimated the potential of his movement. Prideful dismissal among the […] 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 new book by a survivor of domestic violence says churches are failing abused women through a combination of bad advice, faulty theology and a Catch-22 where women are told divorce is not an option and yet held in contempt for staying in the situation and tolerating abuse. Author Jocelyn Andersen opens Woman Submit! Christians […] 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