Focus on Family Cutting Jobs

Steve Benen reports feeling schadenfreude at the news that James Dobson’s Focus of the Family has announced that it is cutting 202 jobs, the deepest cuts in the organizations 32-year history, fresh off of having spent $539,000 to help pass an anti-gay marriage referendum in Colorado.  He cites Jim Newell‘s snark:

Sure, you have no income now because James Dobson burnt all of your company’s money on a state ballot proposition. But imagine the alternative! Would you want to be employed knowing that several hundred miles away, in another state, pairs of consenting adults that already have been living together, people whom you’ve never met and will never meet, were applying for state licenses (pieces of paper, really) that offered them some new tax and medical options??

Or, put another way, “Would you want to be employed at an activist institution that didn’t do its job?”

Look, I’m no fan of Dobson and see no reason why gays shouldn’t be able to marry one another.  But, surely, organizations that exist solely to do political activism in support of ideological causes ought to deploy their resources on the most high profile issues related to said cause.  Otherwise, what’s the point?

Beyond that, unless the 202 people in question were working for an average annual salary of $2661.31, not having fought Proposition 8 wouldn’t have saved their jobs.  Indeed, I’d guess that fundraising around Prop. 8 yielded a net plus in revenue for Dobson’s group.

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Comments

  1. Floyd says:

    Newell and his Ilk will be supporting Nambla’s fight for the rights of pedophiles with the same indignant fervor.
    “There was an old lady [liberty] who swallowed a fly I dunno why she swallowed that fly,
    Perhaps she’ll die.”

  2. Steve Plunk says:

    Someday the gay rights movement may understand the concept of pushing too hard on an issue.

    The layoffs are not of any consequence and will not likely have any effect on operations. I even heard the McCain and Obama campaigns laid some people off post election.

  3. odograph says:

    You want more snark, go read Andrew Leonard.

  4. hiitsnino says:

    If you believe in a specific right then there is no such thing as pushing to hard. Both Dobson and the gays are doing what they should if that’s what they believe. Personally, I think there should be a movement to nullify all marriages because the constitution says there shall be no laws created that favor one group of people over another and that’s what marriage does

  5. John425 says:

    Mr Joyner: Down through the ages society invented marriage as a device to control inheritance, form a more cohesive and stable society and end rules of successsion by murder and a whole lot of other like reasons. Society saw no reason to widen the concept of marriage to include same sex marriages, polygamy, incest and child-bride marriages because they did not advance society as a whole.
    Why let one category of exceptions in and not the other? Can you also justify incest, and the others?

    No “civil right” is boundless.

  6. Bandit says:

    FOF had 202 employees? Doing what?

  7. Our Paul says:

    James, let me answer your question.

    Look, I’m no fan of Dobson and see no reason why gays shouldn’t be able to marry one another. But, surely, organizations that exist solely to do political activism in support of ideological causes ought to deploy their resources on the most high profile issues related to said cause. Otherwise, what’s the point?

    Focus on the Family does not engage in ideological campf, their focus is to impose a fundamental Christian rule on the American people. Their interest is theocracy, not democracy. The point is they contributed money and effort to Prop 8, as did others. They won, but guess what, the youth, the future of the nation, or any “queasy religious movement”, voted 2:1 against Prop 8, and in favor of gay marriage. I see no reason to imply that Dobson and his movement deserve our consideration.

    Wasted post, Dr. Joyner

  8. Michael says:

    Mr Joyner: Down through the ages society invented marriage as a device to control inheritance, form a more cohesive and stable society and end rules of successsion by murder and a whole lot of other like reasons. Society saw no reason to widen the concept of marriage to include same sex marriages, polygamy, incest and child-bride marriages because they did not advance society as a whole.

    You’re claiming that, historically, societies have not endorsed polygamy, incest or child-brides?

  9. sam says:

    You’re claiming that, historically, societies have not endorsed polygamy, incest or child-brides?

    Sure he is. Why let historical fact trump ideology.

  10. Floyd says:

    “” Their interest is theocracy, not democracy.””
    “”””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””

    The above is simply untrue, but have heart and remember…
    Just ’cause you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean they’re NOT out to get you! hehehe!

  11. An Interested Party says:

    Someday the gay rights movement may understand the concept of pushing too hard on an issue.

    I’m sure the same argument was made about the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s…

    Meanwhile, it’s so nice to see people around here compare homosexuality to pedophilia, polygamy, and incest…I wonder if these people realize that the future is going to bring changes that are going to terrify them even more…

  12. Our Paul says:

    What can I say to you Floyd (com: November 18, 2008 | 09:33 pm )? Happily married, proud parent of four grown children, declared to be mentally competent by my physician, lawyer, wife, and children, without even a sniff of paranoia in my thinking, I guess I must turn to the dictionary.

    Theocracy: a system of government in which priests rule in the name of God or gods.

    It is my understanding that Focus on the Family is a Christian religious organization with an active, vigorous political action team that wishes to enforce its religious views on all citizens of this country. Ah yes, to know God, is to talk to Him and if you are lucky, as Pastor Dobson is, He will talk back to you, and tell you what to do, so you can tell all people, what God has told you.

    But, if you go to the Emergency Room with that story, they will put you in the booby hatch. There were no Emergency Room’s when our Founding Fathers got together. But they were smart enough to know who the booby’s were that deserved a hatch. So they wrote the First Amendment.

    I stand by what I said before, this post Professor Joyner was a waste of your time. And now, a waste of mine.

  13. Gippergal says:

    All nonprofits are hurting right now; I can’t say I’ll shed any tears over “Focus on the Family” and its troubles; whatever good James Dobson might have done, his leverage was gone long ago; his absurd critique of Obama actually made me wonder if he was starting to go senile. But it pays to remember that the leftist illuminati have their fringe, too – the media just ignores Ayers, Alinsky, the fact that the bail-out requesting UAW funds Democratic elections, etc.

  14. Floyd says:

    “”I wonder if these people realize that the future is going to bring changes that are going to terrify them even more…””
    “””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””

    The terror is not so much in seeing my country embrace perversion,that has become boring and commonplace. The terror is in seeing the lengths to which a country,in the grips of that embrace, might go to silence dissent in the name of civil rights.
    Germany had a population as well educated as any on earth on “Krystal Nacht”.
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    Note to Our Paul…
    As a Christian, I do not insist that anyone believe what I know to be true, but I do reserve my right to the “free exercise” clause,the right to an unintimidated voice, and the right to vote my conscience. None of these is a violation of the “establishment clause”.
    Something like 75-80% of this nation claim some form of Christianity. If they wanted a theocracy, you would certainly be living in one today.
    In fact, it is primarily their spirit of inclusiveness and tolerance that is the foundation of “civil rights” and indeed even “civil disobedience”.

    BTW, The reference to paranoia was a widely known phrase of admonition in jest, certainly not to be taken seriously.I regret your inference.

  15. Barry says:

    “Someday the gay rights movement may understand the concept of pushing too hard on an issue.”

    Posted by Steve Plunk

    Oh, look, children! A concern troll!

  16. An Interested Party says:

    re: Floyd | November 19, 2008 | 12:13 am |

    Oh I see, so we supposedly are heading in the same direction as Weimar Germany because dissent is supposedly being silenced in the name of civil rights? Exactly what dissent is being silenced and by whom and how? Nice to see you drifting into the same loony territory as Zelsdorf Ragshaft III…