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Just in time for the War On Christmas

Attention shoppers!

Focus on the Family’s “Stand For”, which rates retailers according to the intensity of their hatred for Christmas, has published their new list of retailer ratings for 2009.   A partial list:As usual, stores are rated as either “friendly”, “negligent” or “offensive” by the Focus on the Family Christmas Gestapo.

If a store’s catalogue features the word “Christmas” in a oversized font, it might be “Friendly” (like Cabela’s): 

Some stores show distinct signs of an impending yuletide event, and even use the word “seasonal”, but it’s just not enough: they are “negligent”.  Like Borders:

“Offensive” stores seem to be those that blow the minds of Focus on the Family year-round, and Christmas is just another opportunity to bitch about it.  The worst offenders are Banana Republic and GAP:

With their commercial suggestion that people should celebrate whatever they want, GAP was especially offensive to the tender sensibilities of Calvinist punishment freaks to whom anyone enjoying anything is anathema:

Okay, Operators are standing by.  As for me, I’m giving GAP a few more bucks for going the extra distance to offend with such libertine flair.  Happy shopping!

Dobson: “We will have our day!”

This is a bit late, but I thought it was worth posting as a followup to my post about the report that Daddy Dobson was admitting defeat and throwing in the towel in the (cue thunder SFX) “Culture Wars”.

The supposed admission of defeat, which originated in the UK’s Telegraph, caused a minor media explosion (along with the sound of a billion corks popping), so a distressed Dobson appeared a few days later (last week) on the Hannity Show to set the record straight. DD explained that while he and his ilk have been defeated on every front in their ridiculous “Culture Wars” (which is kind of like, oh I don’t know, admitting defeat?), he wasn’t admitting defeat. So without further ado, heeeeeeeere’s Daddy:

Predictably, the whole thing is just a ploy by the “Left Wing Media”, who want the religious right to wave the white flag of surrender and hand the country over to them…??? Huh? Since when is “the country” the religious right’s to hand over? Talk about delusions of Grandeur.

But oh, that pornography is horrible, wretched stuff, ain’t it? And there’s no avoiding it — you just “stumble across” it on the internet. Over and over and over and over and over… Funny, I’m on the internet all the time, and I never “stumble across” porn. But anyway!

Dobson’s still flogging the same tired old bullshit that nobody cares about anymore, and even though he and his ilk “lost the white house, lost the house, lost the senate and will probably lose the courts”, he still doesn’t get that. The disconnect is just amazing.

Sunday Feelgood Post

Hot damn! did this ever turn my after-work frown upside-down.

In a farewell speech delivered to Focus on the Family staff, Daddy Dobson sounded despondent and dejected as he bemoaned the religious right’s lack of success, and a culture “awash in evil”.  “EVIL!” he cried, further pontificating:

The battles that we fought in the Eighties now, we were victorioudobsons in many of those conflicts with the culture, trying to defend righteousness, trying to defend the unborn child, trying to preserve the dignity of the family and the definition of marriage. We fought all those battles and really it was a holding action. […]

[W]e made a lot of progress through the Eighties but then we turned into the Nineties and the internet came along and a new president came along and all of that went away and now we are absolutely awash in evil. And we are right now in the most discouraging period of that long conflict. Humanly speaking, we can say that we have lost all those battles, but God is in control and we are not going to give up now, right?

Axis of Evil V.2.0:  the Internets and Bill Clinton.

It’s most interesting that Dobson thinks the world started becoming “awash in evil” with the advent of optimized communication and vast knowledge at our fingertips.  It makes sense:  what Dobson thinks of as “Good” has no hope of survival in that kind of environment — knowledge and communication are anathema to ignorance and bigotry.


Family Values FAIL

Obsessing about the sex lives of other people is an incendiary formula of dark depravity that’s bound make a mess when it finally, inevitably explodes. Surprise! Yet another dancer joins the religious right’s covert conga line of Lewdness and Lust:

“Do you like older guys?” a 42-year-old Colorado Springs man who listed his employer as evangelical ministry Focus on the Family asked 11 minutes after initiating contact in an Internet chat room with a girl he believed to be younger than 15, according to an arrest affidavit released Monday by the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.

Turns out the “teenager” was really an investigator with the district attorney’s office, as Juan Alberto Ovalle discovered the next afternoon when he was arrested on two felony counts in Lakewood after arranging to meet the girl for sex, according to the affidavit.

Won’t someone think of The Children?? No, NO! Not that way!

Snark-a-licious UPDATE: Physician, heal thyself.

(via pandagon)

Re-arranging deck chairs on the religious right’s Titanic

spongebob-copy1Focus on the Family’s James Dobson, aka Daddy D, is finally hanging it up:

Conservative evangelical leader James Dobson has resigned as chairman of Focus on the Family but will continue to play a prominent role at the organization he founded more than three decades ago.

Dobson notified the board of his decision Wednesday, and the 950 employees of the Colorado Springs, Colo.-based ministry were informed Friday morning, said Jim Daly, the group’s president and chief executive officer.   […]

At the same time, Focus officials have acknowledged difficulties in raising money from younger families critical to its future. The economy also has hurt. Last fall Focus on the Family eliminated more than 200 staff positions, its largest employee cutbacks ever.

Dobson is taking a hike because Focus on the Family is losing support and hemmorrhaging money.  Maybe nobody wants to listen to their sanctimonious horseshit anymore, or maybe people have figured out that there are more important things to be concerned with than other peoples’ sex lives.   Or maybe, as Pam Spaulding said:

I guess after blowing the coffers on Prop 8 and having to lay off staff, it’s time to exit.

Then again, maybe Dobson just wants to spend more time with his dog.

Dobson might be officially stepping down, but he’ll still be lurking around in the shadows, mouthing off about things that are none of his business and excreting his inky, poisonous bigotry.  So this probably is just a rearrangement of the deck chairs on the religious right’s sinking ship of fools.  But it means FotF is hurting, and if it’s  hurting that much in the US, it’s only a matter of time until the axe falls on its metastasis here in Canada.  Can’t happen soon enough for me.

(h/t Bruce @ Canuck Attitude)

Official Focus On The Family “N & N” Shopping List

Wherein I throw on the hip waders and navigate the Focus On The Family septic tank in search of the Naughty & Nice Store List, so you don’t have to:


Notice how they’ve thoughtfully outlined the “Christmas-friendly” retailers for the benefit of imbecilic Family Focusers who might otherwise have trouble making the distinction.  For the rest of us, there are the two *other* categories:  “Christmas-negligent” and “Christmas-offensive”.  Oh what luck, I just happen to love Old Navy.

While I was there, I voted in their “War On Christmas” poll… with shocking results:

welcome-to-focus-on-the-family_122706039926364% say the de-emphasis of the word “Christmas” doesn’t bother them!?   GAME OVER!  HAHAHAHAHA!

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