James Dobson is no longer a part of Focus on the Family and some people in the wingnut set have never gotten over that. The Worldnutdaily is one of them, and they’re rallying the troops to slam the group after its leader, Jim Daly, actually said something almost reasonable after the election.
Jim Daly, who succeeded Focus on the Family founder James Dobson as president in 2005 and took over as host of the radio show in 2010, struck a conciliatory tone in the aftermath of the Nov. 6 election in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. The interview reflected Daly’s emphasis on a more bipartisan appeal, stressing the good works of Christians, rather than their condemnation of sinful behavior, and maintaining civil discourse with opponents.
Daly said conservative Christians have lost the fight against same-sex marriage in part because they’re on the losing side of the cultural paradigm and have not reached out to people with whom they have disagreements to find common ground, according to the Times.
Compromise? Common ground? Burn the heretic!
In an interview with WND, Rev. Ken Hutcherson, a longtime Dobson ally who was at the forefront of opposition to the same-sex marriage initiative in Washington state, summed up his response to Daly’s Times interview with an allusion to Jesus’ sheep and wolves metaphor in the Gospel of John, chapter 10.
“Those who are supposed to be shepherds of the flock end up being just hirelings. And when the wolf comes and things get tough, they run and hide behind compromise,” Hutcherson said.
He said Daly’s evaluation is “absolutely wrong.”
“I think what we’ve lost is we’ve moved away from the base of our conservative constituents and values voters and tried to win the moderates,” he told WND. “We’ve tried to show them a more loving and more inclusive way by backing off a little bit and not seeming so harsh in our views.”
Hutcherson believes all four of the marriage battles were lost “because the value-voting Christians didn’t show up.”
Yeah. Except that poll after poll shows that the public now supports marriage equality by just about exactly the margin that it won by in those states, 52 or 53%. But those are facts, to which Hutcherson and the WND have a terrible allergy.