Focus on the Family Bookstore in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: James Dobson. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: The Christian flag flies outside the Focus on the Family headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Español: La bandera christiana – La sede de Enfoque a la Familia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Focus on the Family Welcome Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. Español: El “Welcome Center” de Enfoque a la Familia en Colorado Springs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Focus on the Family’s Whit’s End in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Focus on the Family Administration Building in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. Español: Edificio de la administración del Enfoque a la Familia en Colorado Springs, Colorado, EEUU (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Before you write off Focus on the Family as some sort of fringe group, you have to understand that this fringe group has achieved main stream acceptance around the world and they have vast media resources that constantly pump out their distorted lies and wishful thinking. They have supporters their political efforts have installed in our congress and in many state houses to do the bidding of James Dobson their king maker. Remember Sarah Palin? Dobson’s choice. FoF is a political organization masquerading as a tax free religious organization.
James Dobson is the creator of a vile series of parenting books that advocate old testament treatment of small vulnerable children. To include “switching” babies. He claims all children are born evil based on old testament notions of original sin. The evil must be beaten out of them. No matter how stupid that sounds, he is absolutely serious and many ignorant people willfully follow him and his stupidity.
The physical punishment of children is not simply a harmless parental choice. Years of social research have established the clear links between hitting and humiliating children and their subsequent anti-social behavior and lifelong mental problems. But the FoF crowd doesn’t cotton to fancy notions of scientists, never mind their careful patient examinations.
The following is from the wikipedia entry. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focus_on_the_Family)
International associates and regional offices
Focus on the Family New Zealand logo pictured in original
Focus on the Family New Zealand is an organisation promoting a conservative Christian ideology. It has a similar agenda to the Focus on the Family organisation in the United States. Focus on the Family supported a Citizens Initiated Referendum on the repeal of section 59 of the Crimes Act 1961.
- Australia: Focus on the Family Australia, Clayton, Victoria
- Canada - Focus on the Family Canada
- Latin America Region: Enfoque a la Familia, San José, Costa Rica
- Middle East Region: Focus on the Family Middle East, Cairo, Egypt
- Indonesia: Fokus Pada Keluarga, Jakarta
- Ireland: Focus on the Family Ireland, Dublin
- Korea: Open Family Korea, Seoul
- Malaysia: Focus on the Family Malaysia, Selangor
- Singapore: Focus on the Family Singapore
- Africa Region: Focus on the Family Africa, Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
- Taiwan: Focus on the Family Taiwan, Taipei
- United Kingdom: Care for the Family (formerly part of Christian Action Research and Education)
Photo appears in the original article.
The Administration Building is one of four on the headquarters campus
The Focus on the Family headquarters is a four building complex47-acre (19 ha) located off of Interstate 25 in northern Colorado Springs, Colorado.
As of 1998 the entire Focus on the Family headquarters property had over 77 acres (31 ha) of land. 1,300 employees work in the complex, which has its own ZIP code (80995). Christopher Ott of Salon said in 1998 that the FOTF campus has “handsome new brick buildings, professional landscaping and even its own traffic signs” and that “The buildings and grounds are well-maintained and comfortable. If there is any ostentatious or corrupt influence here, it is nowhere in sight.”
The headquarters includes the Focus on the Family Welcome Center. While visiting the Focus on the Family complex, a couple had asked the staff if handling the sightseers in the main building was a distraction. The staff told the couple that it was a distraction; afterwards the couple donated $4 million to have a welcome center built. A visiting family donated 7 miles (11 km) of wood trim from the family’s Pennsylvania lumber business so FOTF could build its administration building. As of 1998, James Dobson, in his welcome center film, compares his decision to build the headquarters in Colorado Springs to the founding of the temple in Jerusalem
You can read an extensive report on James Dobson, researched and compiled by People For the American Way:
The web site maintained by People for the American Way Foundation, published a comprehensive report on James Dobson that every American should read. Not only does Dobson promote secretive, devious and dishonest political practices, but he is directly responsible for misinforming thousands of gullible parents who maltreat their children based on his warped notions of parenting. He is a menace to our society and a warning to us all how dangerous it is to pay unthinking respect to religion. Men like Dobson trade on the trust people offer in good faith only to be stabbed in the back.[quote]Dobson’s Choice: Religious Right Leader Becomes Political Power Broker
A report by People for the American Way Foundation
Table of Contents
It Begins with a Dare
The Dobson Empire
Turning Listeners into Lobbyists
Dobson and the GOP: When Is Far-Right Far Enough?
2004: Power and Prejudice
The Senate as Means to an End
Celebrations and Threats
Focus on the Family founder and chairman James Dobson is perhaps the most influential right-wing Christian leader in the country, with a huge and loyal following that he can reach easily through an impressive media empire. He is a household name for millions of parents and families who have come to know him through his parenting advice books and videos. He is increasingly using his goodwill and media access to promote far-right politics and politicians, and to push the Republican Party to more vigorously adopt the Religious Right’s social agenda. Yet many Americans probably heard of him for the first time in January thanks to SpongeBob SquarePants. When Dobson argued that an educational video featuring a number of popular children’s cartoon characters advanced the homosexual agenda, he was ridiculed for “outing” SpongeBob. In fact, Dobson wasn’t asserting that SpongeBob is gay, but that teaching children to be tolerant of those different from themselves, particularly gays and lesbians, is a sinister proposition.
Dobson’s stance – equating tolerance with evil – reflects the extremism of his policy positions and his unforgiving stance toward those who disagree with him. While his comments about SpongeBob were deserving of ridicule, Dobson must not be dismissed as a buffoon. In fact, it is urgently important that journalists and other Americans pay closer attention to the positions Dobson promotes – and his influence with the politicians he is helping get elected.
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They both feed on emotional appeals and they both employ propaganda that distorts history, and plays up to the native fears and prejudice of the uneducated. They both distort reality with deliberate lies. Christian nationalism in the USA (and possibly in Australia and Canada) has morphed into Christian fascism in recent decades. Christian fascists are implementing a bold plan using childhood indoctrination to raise a fifth column in the USA that will seize power during a crisis. In light of the recent near collapse of the financial markets and the huge losses families have suffered, the willingness to blame fascists is hard to resist. Especially since the unceasing drum beat from the extremists on the right has been all about destroying the government. America seethes with anger and hatred in all quarters.
By Jeff Sharlet
“We keep trying to explain away American fundamentalism. Those of us not engaged personally or emotionally in the biggest political and cultural movement of our times—those on the sidelines of history—keep trying to come up with theories with which to discredit the evident allure of this punishing yet oddly comforting idea of a deity, this strange god. His invisible hand is everywhere, say His citizen-theologians, caressing and fixing every outcome: Little League games, job searches, test scores, the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, the success or failure of terrorist attacks (also known as “signs”), victory or defeat in battle, at the ballot box, in bed. Those unable to feel His soothing touch at moments such as these snort at the notion of a god with the patience or the prurience to monitor every tick and twitch of desire, a supreme being able to make a lion and a lamb cuddle but unable to abide two men kissing. A divine love that speaks through hurricanes. Who would worship such a god? His followers must be dupes, or saps, or fools, their faith illiterate, insane, or misinformed, their strength fleeting, hollow, an aberration. A burp in American history. An unpleasant odor that will pass.
Harpers, Through a Glass Darkly How the Christian Right is Reimagining American History
American Fascists The Christian Right and The War on America, by Chris Hedges
Kingdom Coming by Michelle Goldberg
American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21stCentury by Kevin Philips
Roads to Dominion, Right-Wing Movements and Political Power in the United States, by Sara Diamond
The Fundamentals of Extremism, The Christian Right in America, Ed. Kimberly Blaker
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http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7422542 Is America Too Damn Religious, NPR
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