James Dobson not out the door yet

Six years ago he stepped down as President of Focus on the Family, CEO of Focus on the Family, and finally James Dobson is stepping down as Chairman of Focus on the Family. Since the 1970′s it’s been his company, his show, his agenda, his product. Dobson informed employees during chapel he was not ‘limping away.’

The 72 year old has no intentions of giving up his radio show, his dominionist/theocratic beliefs or his political involvement. Spongebob Squarepants to minorities, GLBT, and Girl Scouts will remain on his hate list. Focus on the Family and it’s spinoff groups have taken economic hits and ire of researchers who have been used, abused and misquoted to further his opinions.

Dan Gilgoff, author of The Jesus Machine: How James Dobson, Focus on the Family, and Evangelical America are Winning the Culture War says most supporters don’t separate the organization from the man and Focus may not survive the slow transition to post-Dobson. The average listener of the radio show (which has not found a replacement) is 38, the average supporter in their 50′s, and his audience has remained flat since 2000. The main organization laid off over 200 employees recently. Page 66:

While the daily Focus on the Family radio program continues to be Dobson’s and Focus’s main pipeline to the evangelical masses, Dobson’s listener numbers have remained flat since around 2000. As of late 2005, the age of the typical listeners had risen to 38, and the average age of constituents on Focus’s mailing list was 52. For an organization whose primary mission is helping parents raise their children, the number are unsettling. “The people that have connected with [Dobson], they’ve aged right along with him,” said Focus President Jim Daly. “We’ve got to reach a very different 20-something parent, and to the degree we need to communicate with them differently, that will be the stretch for us.”

Dobson was not the sole founder of Focus on the Family, a co-founder was forced out some time ago.

But Dobson, now 72, did hold the reins of leadership too long. His authoritarian management style and his personal animus against women and ethnic minorities drove away at least one organization co-founder, Gil Alexander Moegerle, and ensured that the organization would drift from its original pro-family mission into political trench warfare for the preservation of white male evangelical privilege in a nation of numerous and increasing faiths, denominations, and cultures.

He has filled his organizations with hand picked partisan management who will continue his obsessive, authoritarian policies. Gil Alexander Moegerle has said: “I believe Dobson-style politics have been inept, simplistic, exclusionary, divisive and alarmingly sectarian…James Dobson’s political style has been one of relentlessly demonizing his adversaries.” 

Shirley Dobson is also finally stepping down from the Focus board. There is no word if she’ll keep up her political organizing. AP reports the new board chairman is retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Patrick P. Caruana, a longtime board member and a former executive with defense contractor Northrup Grumman.

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4 Responses to James Dobson not out the door yet

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  2. Ryan says:

    Many religious groups stray away from their basic ideals. Seeing his hate for those organizations displays that he is an unfit leader and just not a spiritual person.

    Any religion or preacher who makes it a point to judge others is spreading these judgemental ways. The best religion on earth is your intuition; follow it before you follow others. God or the Universe gave us all a perfect moral compass.

    Ryan

  3. Stephanie says:

    Just because you say you don’t agree with someone’s opinion or lifestyle DOES NOT mean you hate them. It is actually the Liberal side that is the least tolerant. If you believe they are wrong then they call you intolerant. How ignorant is that!

  4. Bene D says:

    Fotf is not a legislatively benign organization, you have to make your own decisions about the tolerance of theocracy Stephanie.

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