Jim Dobson’s new political organization

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The New York Times: James Dobson takes off the gloves
For years, Focus on the Family chief Jim Dobson has been careful to distinguish speaking out on ethical and moral issues from “politics,” by which he meant direct electoral politics. Focus on the Family engages in education and information for the benefit of the family, the organization said, not in political advocacy.

As Dobson put it in a 1995 letter (which he repeated verbatim in 1998), “My concerns – and the concerns of millions of evangelical Christians – are not political in nature. They are deeply moral and ethical, and we are determined to stand up for them with our very lives, if necessary. “

Things have changed. From now on, Focus on the Family will always be careful to avoid electoral politics (to do otherwise would risk its status as a nonprofit), but Dobson entered the political fray with, so to speak, reluctant enthusiasm.

“This year, in the midst of the gay marriage debate and the presidential election, he jumps into the fray, creates a political organization, searches for candidates, draws a crowd of 20,000 to a rally against same-sex marriage and supports one to register conservative Christian voters, “New York Times conservative reporter David D. Kirkpatrick writes today.

Dobson has never kept his point of view on what he calls moral issues to himself. He worried aloud for 30 years about abortion, divorce, gay rights and contraception. Every few years he has publicly warned Republicans not to take conservative Christian votes for granted, and two decades ago he created a separate organization, the Family Research Council, to lobby conservative social causes in Washington. But so far, Dr. Dobson has retained his most powerful asset, his …

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