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06/16/2014

Focus on the Family falls off the wagon, returns to its anti-gay addiction

by Jeremy Hooper

For the past two weeks, Focus on the Family has dedicated its weekly email blast to its old standby of a topic: Blasting homosexuality. Stand by for hostility toward a natural sexual orientation coupled with a picture of a shrimp on a fork:

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What's notable about this is that it's actually a departure from the current era of Focus on the Family. Under Jim Daly's leadership, Focus has shied away from its overt promotion of gay "change" and been generally more mealy-mouthed about its long held obsession with LGBT rights. That course alteration was in direct response to the decades of James Dobson's Focused leadership, wherein beating down gay rights was the favored company pastime. I'm pretty sure they used to playe "pin the nasty tale on the lesbian" at all company picnics. Jim Daly tried to quiet that down a little.

But it seems we're getting a return to form from Focus. With LGBT people winning, it's time to get aggressive with the condemnations. More talk of scientifically discredited "change" efforts. More stereotyping about "proper" masculinity and femininity. More agenda-driven talk about the "cause" of homosexuality. More shrimp photos!

I, for one, welcome the return of a more openly hostile Focus on the Family. Because let's be real here: nothing ever really changed other than the leadership's realization that they should be a little more pragmatic. The "softer" version of Focus has always been an illusion. A charade. A lie, even.

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