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Focus on the Family Founder: 'We Lost the Entire Culture War'

Focus on the Family Founder: 'We Lost the Entire Culture War'

James Dobson
James Dobson

Now that same-sex couples can legally marry nationwide, evangelical leader James Dobson says he and his anti-LGBT contemporaries have officially lost the 'culture war' they started.

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A prominent evangelical leader who founded several of the nation's most virulently anti-LGBT groups has admitted that he and his contemporaries have "lost the entire culture war" when it comes to fighting LGBT equality, reports Right Wing Watch.

James Dobson, an evangelical Christian author and psychologist, founded Focus on the Family in 1977, was a founding member of the certified anti-LGBT hate group known as Family Research Council in 1981, and is listed as a founder of the right-wing, antigay legal group Alliance Defending Freedom. That organization, now based in Arizona, has become a powerful fundraising behemoth dedicated to fighting marriage equality and trans-inclusive nondiscrimination protections, and to enshrining a "right to discriminate" against LGBT people in state laws.

Speaking to televangelist Andrew Wommack on The Gospel of Truth TV show November 24, Dobson reflected on the day the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of nationwide marriage equality in fatalistic terms.

"I had a black cloud over me after June 26, when that decision was handed down," said Dobson, referring to the high court's pro-equality ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. "And [as] I was contemplating this foreboding, this black cloud, it hit me like a ton of bricks. ... That decision is not really about gay marriage. It's not. It's about everything else. It's about the entire culture war."

"It's about control of the public schools and it's what happens in universities," Dobson continued. "It's about the economy and it's about business and it's about the military and it's about medicine. It's about everything. We lost the entire culture war with that one decision. The gay marriage thing was just part of it, but it's going to touch every dimension."

Dobson, who rose to prominence in the 1990s after launching what was at the time a Christian radio show called Focus on the Family, has a long history of demonizing LGBT people and bemoaning societal steps toward equality.

Earlier this year, Dobson laid bare his fundamental confusion about what it means to LGBT, claiming on his radio show in April that being bisexual meant having "orgies." He also suggested that ministers who spoke the "truth" about homosexuality were at risk of being charged as "accomplices" to antigay hate crimes.

Dobson blamed the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. -- where a lone gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children -- on a nation that has "turned our back on God." Dobson specifically pointed to marriage equality and legal abortion as evils for which God "has allowed judgment to fall upon us."

Watch Dobson's remarks as clipped by Right Wing Watch below.

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Sunnivie Brydum

Sunnivie is the managing editor of The Advocate, and an award-winning journalist whose passion is covering the politics of equality and elevating the unheard stories of our community. Originally from Colorado, she and her spouse now live in Los Angeles, along with their three fur-children: dogs Luna and Cassie Doodle, and "Meow Button" Tilly.
Sunnivie is the managing editor of The Advocate, and an award-winning journalist whose passion is covering the politics of equality and elevating the unheard stories of our community. Originally from Colorado, she and her spouse now live in Los Angeles, along with their three fur-children: dogs Luna and Cassie Doodle, and "Meow Button" Tilly.