James Dobson Starts New Business, Radio Show

Oh goodie. I was afraid he was going away for reals.

The Colorado Springs Gazette revealed this morning that outgoing Focus on the Family Hater In Chief James Dobson will be starting a new business with his son Ryan.

Retiring is attractive, Dobson writes, but “the 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.”

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 — 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.

Since 2003, Ryan Dobson has written several edgy faith books, such as “Be Intolerant” and “2 Die 4,” and he has spoken regularly at Christian youth events.

But in interviews, he has never expressed interest in following in his father’s footsteps. In a 2005 biography of James Dobson, Dale Buss writes that Ryan “doesn’t feel called to succeed his father as head of Focus on the Family and doubts he ever will.”

Ryan Dobson leads KOR World Ministries, designed “to build passion and identity in Christ’s followers,” according to its Web site. On the site, he hosts a daily podcast similar to his father’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.

“The motivation may be he wants to set up his son in a parallel organization (to Focus),” said Randall Balmer, professor of American religious history at Barnard College in New York. “He wants to pass the mantle on to his son.”

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. “Ryan and Dobson working together may be a way to establish Ryan in his own right,” 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.

“He has a chance to share his life’s work and passion with his only son,” said Daly, Focus president and CEO.

“What man wouldn’t choose to do that?”

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.

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2 thoughts on “James Dobson Starts New Business, Radio Show

  1. “…children are growing up in a culture that often twists and warps their young minds.”They sure are. Unfortunately, it's hateful bigots such as Dobson and his ilk who are doing a great deal of the warping and twisting. It's a damn shame that his son is so determined to impose that kind of bigotry and ignorance onto a new generation of young minds.

  2. “…children are growing up in a culture that often twists and warps their young minds.”They sure are. Unfortunately, it's hateful bigots such as Dobson and his ilk who are doing a great deal of the warping and twisting. It's a damn shame that his son is so determined to impose that kind of bigotry and ignorance onto a new generation of young minds.

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