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06/29/2009

While we were away: Denver Post gifted new anti-gay leader with credibility-lending puff piece

by Jeremy Hooper

Jim-DalyAt last year's so-called Values Voters Summit, new Focus on the Family president Jim Daly said the following about those of us who "find [ourselves] in homosexuality" and who will, via our love, bring forth the "judgement of God":

(click to play audio clip)

And over the years of monitoring his work and blog, we've routinely been enraged by the anti-equality sentiments that he's expressed against the "radical homosexual agenda" (and by FOF's refusal to post our comments that calmly push back against Daly's rhetoric). Daly may not be James Dobson, but the two men certainly share more in common than just initials!

So what does a journalistic outlet like The Denver Post do when covering this, someone who is fighting to keep LGBT people unequal, unmarried, and, ultimately, "changed" into "ex-gays"? Well, they run a 2,000 word puff piece that makes him sound as non-controversial as :

[James] Dobson rarely engaged directly and publicly with political opponents, although he sometimes met them behind the scenes. Daly expects to be more open.

"We're in a democracy. How do we express Christian ethos in a way that draws people into the discussion?" Daly asked. "We are the church. We have to be more understanding and not expect the world to act like the church. We also don't accept the church acting like the world."
...
Daly says he is results-oriented, not an ideologue.

"When those who are right, left and center all say, 'Let's make abortion rare,' let's meet at that starting point," Daly said. "Let's shove off the rhetoric and get together on practical matters."
FULL PIECE, WITH NARY A HINT OF EXTENT OF HOMO-HOSTILITY: Focus on the Family's new CEO shifts perspectives [Denver Post]

This would NEVER happen with someone who was boldly denouncing Christian love and pushing people of faith into "ex-religious" therapy. Any lengthy piece that covered that person's views would make those views known in the headline! But for a social conservative figurehead who wants similar "reform" for the pesky queer "sinners"? A prominent media outlet gives a complete pass. He is made to sound like a new, more "mainstream" foe of [gays, liberals, progress, equality, accurate usage of the words 'protect marriage'].

And that, dear readers, is why we do what we do. Because call this writer crazy if you must, but I don't feel like God hates me now that I'm happily, LEGALLY married!

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Jeremy - I know for a fact that God NEVER hated you - - or anyone! tom

Posted by: tom | Jun 29, 2009 8:51:02 AM

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