Ding dong the witch is dead. Rabidly anti-gay conservative evangelical leader James Dobson announces he is "resigning" as chairman of Focus On The Family. Apparently after spending a million dollars on Proposition 8 and laying off hundreds of employees over the holidays, the organization is "right on track" and the "resignation" is just part of the "succession plan." Dobson will continue to play a prominent role at the Colorado Springs-based ministry and media empire he founded thirty years ago.
Dobson, 72, will continue to host Focus on the Family's flagship radio program, write a monthly newsletter and speak out on moral issues. Dobson's resignation as board chairman "lessens his administrative burden" and is the latest step in a succession plan, the group said. Dobson began relinquishing control six years ago by stepping down as president and CEO
Dobson has a devoted following. His radio broadcast reaches an estimated 1.5 million U.S. listeners daily. Yet critics say his influence is waning, pointing to evangelicals pushing to broaden the movement's agenda beyond abortion, gay marriage and other issues Dobson views as most vital. ...
Dobson's wife Shirley is also stepping down from the board.
Focus on the Family is one of the main social conservative groups that has mobilized opposition to gay rights in the past two decades, and, promoted the dangerous "ex-gay" myth. It has been conservatively estimated their annual budget alone is more than double that of all LGBT rights organizations. But revenues are declining, hundreds of staff have been dismissed, and, conservative evangelicals are declining in influence. Sounds to me like the board wants to re-brand their organization with younger, more appealing faces to attract a new generation to their intolerance.