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02/27/2009

Holy mother of 'culture war' developments!

by Jeremy Hooper

Dobson resigns as chairman of Focus on the Family [SF Gate]

On political matters, Dobson "will continue to speak out as he always has — a private citizen and not a representative of the organization he founded," said Gary Schneeberger, a Focus on the Family spokesman. He said the nonprofit ministry and Focus on the Family Action — an affiliate set up under a different section of the tax code that permits more political activity — will continue to be active on public policy.

Who will they ever find to fill such big(otry-encouraging) shoes?

**UPDATE: GLAAD has a response

*Wayne Besen, who has been a major Dobson critic in recent years, also has some thoughts

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Your thoughts

I vote for Phred Phelps!

Posted by: Dick Mills | Feb 27, 2009 2:00:42 PM

I have an official response, too!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsaTElBljOE

Posted by: Laura | Feb 27, 2009 4:12:56 PM

I guess Ding Dong the Wicked Witch is dead isn't quite yet appropriate. But it still deserves a big yahooo!

Posted by: Patrick B. | Feb 27, 2009 4:50:59 PM

I'm glad people are posting about this. The sentiment seems to be the same in all the pages I've read so far. I posted, too. :)
Dobson is Done
http://dhconcerts.wordpress.com/2009/02/27/dobson-is-done/

Posted by: deb | Feb 27, 2009 6:25:08 PM

When I was a little girl in Amarillo we ate breakfast while watching the news. During that time Dobson had a short tv spot that was sent out the affiliates. I grew up listening to him. His advice was always good, solid, "
Spend time with your family" kind of advice and I always thought of him like a grandpa I never had.

Then I grew up...and from what I've learned of my Grandpa on my moms side(racist, sadist, sexist, and once said to my mom "boys don't marry tubby Tessies" Dobson is probably more like my grandpa than I ever knew!

Seriously, his brand of paternalistic bullshit is particularly damaging. It makes the argument sound more like "I'm fighting hard against you because you aren't a full adult, you don't have the right to run your own life." And gives people the old argument of "we ARE loving you by treating you like shit!" to fall back on.

I don't hold out much hope for a more centrist leader, but maybe they will try to hard to become culturally relevant and make themselves into a joke instead of a politically powerful group.

Posted by: Piper | Feb 28, 2009 7:50:39 PM

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