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James Dobson: Beat Your Dog, Spank Your Kid, Go to Heaven

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 10.10.2014 | Books
Barbara Falconer Newhall

It was a childrearing book. It sat on a bookshelf in our house for months until I couldn't stand the sight of it any more. Finally I got rid of it.

National Day of Prayer 2014 Postmortem -- U.S. Military Endorses Calling its Commander-in-Chief the 'Abortion President'

Chris Rodda | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Last Thursday, despite being in violation of a plethora of its own regulations, the Department of Defense allowed a whole bunch of uniformed military personnel to participate in Shirley Dobson's National Day of Prayer Task Force event on Capitol Hill.

Sympathy for the Christian Bigot

Mark Morford | Posted 07.06.2014 | Media
Mark Morford

Do you remember Focus on the Family? James Dobson's famously malicious, anti-everything crew from the Bush years? You might.

No, Megyn Kelly, Mikey Weinstein Is NOT an Atheist

Chris Rodda | Posted 06.30.2014 | Media
Chris Rodda

While I'm sure that people like the Dobsons are thrilled to have someone as influential as yourself to give them a platform for the hatred, bigotry, and lawlessness that they espouse, those of us who believe in true religious freedom find your venomous influence over so many of our fellow Americans to be quite disturbing.

Pentagon to Join in 'One Voice United in Prayer' (On Separate Days in Separate Locations, Depending on Your Religion)

Chris Rodda | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Next Thursday, May 1, is the National Day of Prayer -- that abhorrently unconstitutional congressionally mandated day each year when our government tells us all that we should pray.

Of Rose Parades and Dreams Coming True

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

One distraught woman from Florida pleaded with me -- in a conversation I'll never forget -- to "Please, please, please don't ruin the Rose Parade for us! We're Christians and watch it every year with our grandchildren. Homosexuality is an abomination. Jesus said so in Genesis." Seriously. "Jesus said so in Genesis." I couldn't make that up.

Another State Votes for Gay Marriage. Can Legalized Inter-Species Relationships Be Far Behind?

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

So, now that fully 30 percent of American states, including some of the largest, have affirmed legal equality for same sex couples, I have a few questions. How many states or municipalities have also legalized marriage between humans and non-humans?

Maybe God Is Mad At You, James Dobson

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

When others of your ilk blame gays for extreme weather like Hurricane Sandy, I laugh it off, because it is preposterous. But building a link between the Connecticut killings and homosexuality is malicious. I have had my fill of it.

Dear Dr. Dobson: Your God Isn't Irrelevant; Your God Is Anathema

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 02.18.2013 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

If we let Dobson speak for Christianity, then we fail to counter the toxic theology masquerading as the Good News of God in Christ and we fail to stand up for Jesus.

God 'Has Allowed Judgment To Fall Upon Us,' For Gay Marriage, Abortion, Says Christian Leader

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 12.18.2012 | Gay Voices

Focus on the Family founder James Dobson said Monday that the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary resulted from America turning its back on God, joining...

Voting Against the Tribe: The Year of the Sophisticated White, Conservative, Churchgoing Voter

Mark Joseph | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Mark Joseph

White conservative churchgoers, the story goes, have become unsophisticated robots who pull the lever for whatever Republican happens to be running at the time.

Jaweed Kaleem

Changing Focus: Right-Wing Group Focus On The Family Aims To Broaden Goals

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.25.2012 | Religion

Focus on the Family, the former evangelical powerhouse of the Religious Right that was known for its vitriolic campaigns against gay rights, same-sex ...

The Search for the Endangered Species -- GOP Voters

Ilan Dar-Nimrod | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Ilan Dar-Nimrod

It is mostly likely that Tony Abbott, the Australian opposition leader, would have probably made Mr. Romney pay much more dearly for his miserable "47 percent" comment than Mr. Obama did.

A Two Party System for World Politics

Thomas de Zengotita | Posted 11.23.2012 | Politics
Thomas de Zengotita

Looking forward to the day when the far right nightmare of a global social order looms larger on the horizon of the possible than it does now -- here's a modest proposal for how world politics might be organized during the transition.

Father Dobson May No Longer Know Best

Rev. Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 07.14.2012 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Cindi Love

For the last decade Soulforce has been asking for a face-to-face meeting with Focus on the Family to discuss our concerns about Dr. Dobson's harmful speech about gay people, but each time we pulled up to the FOF headquarters, our volunteers were arrested. Something changed this time.

Biblical Literalism, Secularism And American Politics

Christopher Lane | Posted 06.18.2012 | Religion
Christopher Lane

The atrophying of our national understanding of secularism has dramatic implications for the country's well-being, including, most fundamentally, its ability to separate politics from religion.

Santorum's Incredible Display of Ignorance On Euthanasia In the Netherlands

Dorian de Wind | Posted 04.27.2012 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

The Dutch are genuinely offended that a foreign politician would misrepresent Dutch culture and morality merely to make a political point back home.

Evangelical Leaders Calls Callista Gingrich A 'Mistress For 8 Years'

Posted 01.17.2012 | Politics

In making his case for Rick Santorum as the conservative consensus' alternative to Mitt Romney at a conference in Texas over the weekend, evangelical ...

When Will Culture Warriors Find Their Rainbow Connection?

Cliff Schecter | Posted 02.13.2012 | Home
Cliff Schecter

Too-big-to-fail corporations and their hand maidens in Congress (and the conservative echo chamber) most certainly pose a far greater danger to our children than a green frog-like puppet.

The West Memphis Three: Damien Echols, Capital Punishment, And Christian Hypocrisy

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 10.24.2011 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

Capital punishment is incompatible with the Christian faith for a number of biblical and theological reasons.

Tom's Shoes Founder Steps On Gay Toes

Rev. Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 09.12.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Cindi Love

Public scrutiny is tough business. My hope for Blake and for the rest of us, is that we turn our missteps into opportunities to inform and educate and advocate for justice and peace.

The Anointed Leaders Of The Religious Right

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 07.18.2011 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

American evangelicals, Fox News, and now the Republican Party take their intellectual cues from a roster of remarkably similar populists who head media empires.

The Gay Definition Of Marriage

Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge | Posted 06.07.2011 | Religion
Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

During a recent radio show appearance, a conservative pastor told the audience that gays and lesbians are unfit for marriage because "it takes discipline."

Weekly Audit: Republicans' Budget Declares War on Medicare

The Media Consortium | Posted 06.05.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger The Republicans are poised to unveil a model budget on Tuesday that would effectively end Medicare by ...

Focus On The Family Asserts Importance Of Social Issues, Embraces Softer Tone

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

When Focus on the Family's fiery founder, James Dobson, severed ties with the organization in 2010, many expected the conservative flagship to strike ...