Oh goodie. I was afraid he was going away for reals.
Retiring is attractive, Dobson writes, but â€œthe institution of the family continues to be in deplorable condition, and children are growing up in a culture that often twists and warps their young minds.â€
His new organization will be called James Dobson on the Family and be based in Colorado Springs. Its goal is similar to that of Focus â€” standing up for family values.
The venture will mark the first time that Dobson and his 39-year-old son are working closely together in the same ministry.
Ryan Dobson was never on staff at Focus, Schneeberger said, though he did have a short stint in the 1990s at the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council, which is affiliated with Focus.
But in interviews, he has never expressed interest in following in his fatherâ€™s footsteps. In a 2005 biography of James Dobson, Dale Buss writes that Ryan â€œdoesnâ€™t feel called to succeed his father as head of Focus on the Family and doubts he ever will.â€
Ryan Dobson leads KOR World Ministries, designed â€œto build passion and identity in Christâ€™s followers,â€ according to its Web site. On the site, he hosts a daily podcast similar to his fatherâ€™s radio show in that both discuss current events and religion.
Some experts speculate that James Dobson formed the new group to raise the profile of his son.
â€œThe motivation may be he wants to set up his son in a parallel organization (to Focus),â€ said Randall Balmer, professor of American religious history at Barnard College in New York. â€œHe wants to pass the mantle on to his son.â€
John Green, who tracks American evangelical religious trends, said there is a long history of religious leaders, such as Oral Roberts and Billy Graham, wanting to pass their ministry on to their sons. â€œRyan and Dobson working together may be a way to establish Ryan in his own right,â€ Green said.
Well this sounds like a great idea. How long do you think it’ll be until the attacks against LGBT teens start? With a book called Be Intolerant and a focus on youth, we know it won’t be long.
By the way, check this little nugget at the end of the piece.
Jim Daly, whom James Dobson handpicked as his Focus successor seven years ago, said Focus wishes Dobson well in his venture.
â€œHe has a chance to share his lifeâ€™s work and passion with his only son,â€ said Daly, Focus president and CEO.
â€œWhat man wouldnâ€™t choose to do that?â€
That’s a fascinating window into how leaders of the Religious Right think. It’s clear that Daly doesn’t think it would be nearly as awesome if Dobson had started an organization with his daughter, for example, or with a second son. No, this is special because Ryan is his only child with a wiener.
It’s just so typically and unsurprisingly misogynistic.