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Hate Group Co-Founder Says Dobson Was Pushed Out of Focus

Jim Burroway

March 9th, 2010

Seattle-area pastor Ken Hutcherson, a co-founder of Watchmen On the Walls which is one of about a dozen anti-gay hate groups monitored by the Southern Poverty Law Center, mourns the retirement of James Dobson from Focus On the Family. Not only that, but Hutcherson sees a conspiracy — Dobson didn’t retire; he was pushed out:

I am not very happy with the new, progressive, “loving” leadership at Focus on the Family. However, it is God’s ministry, and He will do with it what He pleases.

While I don’t work for Focus, I definitely have an opinion. God used Dr. James Dobson as its founder to change the world’s view of the family. Taking him off the air effective this month was not Dr. Dobson’s decision but a board decision. Why was that decision made? What prayerful consideration did the board engage in that ended with their choice to remove Dr. Dobson from the air? Evidently, he didn’t want to stop his voice from being heard over the airways after turning over leadership to the new team. The new radio program he is launching tells me that.

Hutcherson also complains that he wasn’t offered the leadership post at Focus On the Family. Then he says he would have turned it down because he already has a ministry. Then he says he has no ego. Self-awareness is definitely not his strong suit.



March 9th, 2010 | LINK

I’m sure Hutcherson wasn’t even considered, because he has “small-timer” written all over him. They need someone more sophisticated to run an organization of that size and prominence.

My guess is that the Dobson brand was starting to look a little dated. I doubt there’s been any real shift in FoF’s position on gays, or anything else.

March 9th, 2010 | LINK

“God used Dr. James Dobson as its founder to change the world’s view of the family.”

What?! You can change the view of the family! The family is the oldest institution in the world and the bedrock of civilization. Changing it will lead to global catastrophe. Dobson told me so.

Priya Lynn
March 9th, 2010 | LINK

Right on Ephilei.

David C.
March 9th, 2010 | LINK

Self-awareness is definitely not his strong suit.

Neither is his brain.

Eric in Oakland
March 9th, 2010 | LINK

“change the world’s view of the family”

Sure. Cause the world to view the word “family” as fundie code for “anti-gay”.

March 9th, 2010 | LINK

if you read hutcherson’s entire piece you’ll note that he seems utterly gay for james dobson.

Regan DuCasse
March 9th, 2010 | LINK

Okay, it’s been a while since I could laugh out loud at something Hutcherson says, or when these people bitch about each other.

Anti gay folks make some strange bedfellows, but didn’t Hutcherson notice the racial divide in the most visible anti gay groups?

Hasn’t he noticed that engaging black folks against gay folks was for the purpose of tilting the popular vote, not running the show?

He should have checked the histories of those groups.
It’s not like they were in the forefront or visible as allies during the Civil Rights movement. Lou Sheldon, Jerry Falwell and James Dobson were around for that. Falwell was a committed segregationist.

Some black folks are screamingly stupid. Does it not occur to Hutcherson that anyone supportive of systemic bigotry and discrimination, usually doesn’t do so against a SINGLE group of people?

Jeff L
March 19th, 2010 | LINK

I am sure whomever replaces Dobson will lead in his same domineering style. As a Christian, I was always dismayed by the preaching of hate as being acceptable and welcomed.

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