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July 1, 2009
By John Aloysius Farrell, Thomas Jefferson Street blog
When I was a liberaltarian columnist for a great Western newspaper, I got well acquainted with Focus on the Family, the big Christian ministry based in Colorado Springs. The Focus organization, run for many years by James Dobson, was one of several Christian mega-churches that settled in Colorado and helped make the state Republican Red.
For many years, Focus was content to preach family values, and many young families appreciated the counseling that was offered. Then Dobson decided that the country was going to hell, and he had to get involved politically. It was a major misjudgment. The more he ranted about abortion and gay marriage and Democratic politicians, and aligned himself with the crazies of the Republican Party, the more he alienated the West's voters, who are live-and-let-live, libertarian types.
Like much of the West, Colorado is now at least purple, if not blue. So I found it significant when the Washington Post interviewed Jim Daly, the new president and CEO of Focus, and he sang a conciliatory, rather than confrontational, song.