Video: Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Focus on the Family

Dobson's Colorado ministry is mostly apolitical, which is what makes it so politically effective.

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By Dan Gilgoff, God & Country

Focus on the Family, whose founder James Dobson resigned as board chairman last week, has developed a reputation as the Christian right's most powerful political organization. But the paradox about Focus is that it's predominantly apolitical, aimed at helping parents raise kids and thrive in marriage. It's what makes Focus's political advocacy—conducted mostly by sister group Focus on the Family Action—so effective. Dobson has parlayed the clout built up by dispensing family advice to loyal radio listeners into political causes like battling abortion rights and gay marriage. For a better idea of how this works, watch this video tour of Focus, narrated by yours truly:

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