Wingnut on Wingnut Crime: Hutcherson vs Focus on the Family


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.

Comments

  1. dingojack says

    “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’.
    [Emphasis mine].

    Apparently, ‘sincerity’ and ‘honesty’ are not christian values.

    Dingo

  2. Gvlgeologist, FCD says

    Frankly, I hope they continue in their belief. It will insure that, as the world becomes more accepting of SSM (and hopefully, other more reality-based concepts such as evolution and climate change), they will become more and more marginalized.

  3. Jordan Genso says

    Is there any evidence that conservatives stayed home in those states where the marriage equality votes were being held? Not that I expect Hutcherson to require evidence supporting his position, but just curious if there could be any truth to the idea that the conservatives have gone so far to the right that they won’t even show up to vote anymore unless there is the “perfect” candidate on their side.

  4. anubisprime says

    Let the religiotards continue to flounder around and blame red herring irrelevancies, while the real work goes on rolling back their flatulent influence and ambitions.
    By the time they realize, or rather admit, reality and smell the metaphorical coffee they would have well and truly lost the war big time.

    They are looking in the wrong place…let them!

  5. thisisaturingtest says

    I see something close to a contradiction here (a necessary one for Hutcherson to maintain his belief structure, though). If those “value-voting Christians didn’t show up,” maybe it’s because they don’t really have the commitment to those “values” that would qualify them as ever really having had them at all. IOW- maybe the support Hutcherson imagines he has for his position is actually (GASP!!!) not really there to begin with; he’s just assuming something he needs to believe.

  6. lldayo says

    Is there any evidence that conservatives stayed home in those states where the marriage equality votes were being held? Not that I expect Hutcherson to require evidence supporting his position, but just curious if there could be any truth to the idea that the conservatives have gone so far to the right that they won’t even show up to vote anymore unless there is the “perfect” candidate on their side.

    I think at this point if Jesus showed up to run for POTUS he be shunned as not being the perfect candidate.

  7. Bill Openthalt says

    @2: Acronym Alert: The world definitely needs more Solid State Memory :)

    The change of focus in marriage from producing children and protecting assets to providing companionship has been going on for a long time. SSM is part of that shift in focus, as a matter of fact it’s marrying for love made complete.

  8. bradleybetts says

    “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,”

    Exactly what have they done to try and win the moderates?

    And why is it that extremists everywhere think they are in the majority? We get the same thing over here. Every time I call some Right-wing nut job out (generally on the Sky news forum) they start banging on about how “The majority of the British public are fed up to the back teeth with Muslims, immigrants and slackers and the liberals who support them”, or somesuch paraphrasing of that. It’s as predictable as the tides. And no matter how many times I explain it they never seem to be able to grasp that because they are fed up with it does not mean every British person is. They genuinely seem to be unable to distinguish between the phrases “I am” and “the majority of the British public are”. They are convinced everyone agrees with them and that anyone who challenges them must be a rare example of a Liberal extremist. It’s infuriating. Where do they get this idea?

  9. eric says

    Hutcherson believes all four of the marriage battles were lost “because the value-voting Christians didn’t show up.”

    Keep thinking that. Please please please please. This is right up there with Ed’s prayer for Allen West 2016.

  10. Sastra says

    Gvlgeologist, FCD #2 wrote:

    Frankly, I hope they continue in their belief. It will insure that, as the world becomes more accepting of SSM (and hopefully, other more reality-based concepts such as evolution and climate change), they will become more and more marginalized.

    The Christian Righteous have a love-hate relationship with marginalization.

    On the one hand, they love to think they’re what’s meant when people casually refer to “everybody.” Fundamentalist Christian values and beliefs are the standard ground from which all differences depart. Yes, they are the mainstream – and proud of it.

    On the other hand, the romance and drama of being a rebel, a brave maverick group of faithful fighting valiantly for God against the entire world is also appealing. They’re different than the mainstream — and not ashamed but proud of that.

    I love watching what happens when they forget they can’t have it both ways.

  11. says

    Jordan Genso “Is there any evidence that conservatives stayed home in those states where the marriage equality votes were being held?”
    Yes. And it’s worse than you think. It was clearly voter suppression. Values Voters got to the polls in the millions, but were scared away by the Gay Black Panthers*.

    * Even they thought “the Pink Panthers” was too on-the-nose.

  12. RickR says

    Jordan Genso- “Is there any evidence that conservatives stayed home in those states where the marriage equality votes were being held?”

    Not that I’ve seen. The problem isn’t that they didn’t turn up to vote, it’s that more normal people did. And they can’t wrap their heads around the fact that the election showed that their views are in the minority.

    (I’m adopting raven’s term “normal people” to describe those of us who aren’t delusional conservative christian theocratic nutjobs. It does the same work with fewer words.)

  13. Ichthyic says

    I think at this point if Jesus showed up to run for POTUS he be shunned as not being the perfect candidate.

    not perfect?

    hell, they would brand him a marxist and traitor, and never even allow him a platform, let alone even letting him into the republican primaries!

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