August 12th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Focus on the Family gets stormy response to Web video

Does focus want the Almighty to rain on the Democrats’ parade?
Does focus want the Almighty to rain on the Democrats’ parade?

(CNN) - Last month, Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family posted a video on its Web site calling on Christians to “pray for rain” to disrupt Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the upcoming Democratic convention in nearby Denver. Weeks later, their efforts did result in a deluge – the flood of criticism and news coverage that accompanied their decision to take down the video.

Focus officials insist the video - narrated by the man in charge of Web operations for the group’s political wing - was intended as a joke, and not a request for any divinely-inspired weather patterns.


Filed under: DNC
soundoff (186 Responses)
  1. MikeB

    Oh come on. FOF and Dobson aren't even Christian's. Every Evangelical I know of thinks these people are a pseudo-christian cult whose sole purpose is to generate money and publicity for Dobson and the like scounderals that mislead so many people. Would you do a feature like this with any other group of nut cases? I think not.

    August 12, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. lovable liberal

    If they're going to pray about the weather, they might try to solve a real problem, though their friend Pat Robertson hasn't had much luck praying away hurricanes. Instead, these politicians want to rain down their spite on other people. And we supposed to believe it was just a joke. Some Christians!

    August 12, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. James

    Bunch of nutty people! Rain won't stop anything!

    August 12, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    for the valerie plame article that's now closed:

    DONT GIVE UP VALERIE AND JOE, all true americans are behind you!!!!!!!

    you're gonna have to wait til the repugs are gone in january, then APPEAL, APPEAL, APPEAL when we have REAL judges again! then one of your greatest services to this country will be to get all of those traitorous criminals CONVICTED for their crimes!

    you are TRUE American heroes!!!!!!!

    August 12, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. bobie

    who cares – it's a joke people

    like allah the moon god cares if it rains in denver

    August 12, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Oh, chill out already. Doesn't the Chosen One have a sense of humor?

    August 12, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Just "any" woman for POTUS? NEVER.

    The right woman? Yes. Hillary Clinton? NEVER

    August 12, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    PATHETIC AND YOU CALL YOURSELVES CHRISTIANS. YOU ARE KIDDING RIGHT.

    WHY DONT YOU PRAY FOR RAIN IN COUNTRIES THAT ARE IN NEED OF RAIN.

    PHONEY CHRISTIANS

    August 12, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. MLee

    Funny stuff. Don't have a sense of humor? I think just getting under liberal's skin was what they wanted and they accomplished it. Don't forget about the first amendment. Obama is the least qualified Senator to run for president in a decade. McCain is the best Senator currently. I'm voting for Obama. He doesn't deserve to be president but the country can't afford 4 more years of bush policy.

    August 12, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. Charlotte

    I love the way the Obama-bots call for party unity and want a republican as VP? Get real you mindless fans, the party is democrat, not repubacat? Who will run for President, God Forbid, if Obama should win the election and serve his term? What if a fanatic eliminated Obama, who do we want as President? The person to take his place is the VP. I cannot believe Obama would pick a republican as VP and expect any kind of party unity in November. His fans are pretty crazy, but I can't believe they could be that stupid. Maybe they are as dumb as I first thought they were. Whomever McCain picks as VP is, without a doubt, a hairs breath away from the Presidency. The party expects Hillary to be so loyal to the party, but Obama can pick a republican as VP, go figure. I will write Hillary on my ballot in November....

    August 12, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. Charlotte

    I love the way the Obama-bots call for party unity and want a republican as VP? Get real you mindless fans, the party is democrat, not repubacat? Who will run for President, God Forbid, if Obama should win the election and serve his term? What if a fanatic eliminated Obama, who do we want as President? The person to take his place is the VP. I cannot believe Obama would pick a republican as VP and expect any kind of party unity in November. His fans are pretty crazy, but I can't believe they could be that stupid. Maybe they are as dumb as I first thought they were. Whomever McCain picks as VP is, without a doubt, a hairs breath away from the Presidency. The party expects Hillary to be so loyal to the party, but Obama can pick a republican as VP, go figure. I will write Hillary on my ballot in November….

    August 12, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. Dave

    This is Dobsons flock of fools who also believe that Obama is the Anticrist based on Biblical prophecy.

    Since the antichrist must come before the second coming of the Lord, you would think 'Gods People', as they like to call themselves,would be supporting Barrack to put him in power to fullfil prophecy and hasten His return.

    August 12, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. CM

    It takes a religious zealot to think that he/she is so right that God is on his/her side! Such was the zealotry that thought the earth was flat, etc. The religious leaders during Christ's time were sure that Jesus was evil and had to be eliminated. Everything changes and still it's all the same!!!

    August 12, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. anonymous

    ME ME ME ME Susan – better back up and rethink your stupid post. No one group is more that the NOBAMABOTS at being self-serving idiots thinking of only ME ME ME.

    August 12, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. Nia - AZ by way of MN

    So lets see....lets not pray for a better economy, end to war, families losing everything they had, etc...no, no. Lets Immaturly pray for it to rain. Humm God doesn't like being played with especialy in this way. But he will deal with them in due time.

    August 12, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. bhogan

    Proud Army and Navy Mom:

    "That is awesome……I will pray for rain as well maybe clean up some of those fowl mouth Obama supporters and short circuit the teleprompter"

    You shame the selfless service of your own children.

    August 12, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. Nancy

    Butch Dillon August 12th, 2008 2:01 pm ET

    The video answers that age old question: WWJD? And after it rained torrents forever, they'd probably hold his head under water until he drowned……..just for fun, mind you.

    Oh! Yeah, I can see them doing that.

    August 12, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  18. Left Coast Mike, Laguna Niguel, CA

    Focus on the Family is nothing more than a an American version of the Taliban ... filled with hate mongering racists who want to take your freedom away, trash the Constitution of the United States of America, and replace it with their twisted version of a ne-Bible written to fit a political agenda. It's a domestic terrorists organization that funds and supports the bombing of family planning clinics and the murder of physicians. It's time that Dobson and his henchmen were arrested, tried for treason, and thrown in jail. Let's focus on freedom for a change, and that means the freedom to parctice any religion you ascribe to .... not just fundamentalist radical versions of christianity.

    August 12, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  19. Ron Democrat turned independent

    big deal as if the rain would touch HIM

    August 12, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. boered1

    patriciajadav@gmail.com August 12th, 2008 3:41 pm ET

    Before people start knocking down Christian faith please feel free to enlighten me… Obama born a muslim and claims he is christian but the word is out there he has no documentation of being baptized… so wouldn't that make him a muslim??? Why do muslims endorse him?

    Let me ask you this are you a MORON or simply too deluded to see reality?

    Obama was NOT born Muslim.. and he has never been Muslim pure simple fact sorry your preacher is still lying to you about this!

    And the Constitution makes it a point to state that no religious test shall EVER be used as a determinant in whetehr a person is fit for office... so even if he is NOt a Christian (which he is) this does not matter. If you are so shallow minded that you cannot vote for anyone who might believe differently than you than maybe you should just stay home.. or do you support all those who ahve broken the law in office are you like them?

    August 12, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  21. California Gold

    Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family has a hollow faith if they think God answers prayers for rain to disrupt a meeting. Do they also pray for winning lottery numbers and believe people get cancer as a punishment by God?

    August 12, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  22. arlene, CA

    I am glad it's gone. Ads are expensive & you did NOT intend it as a joke or you wouldn't have put it out there, it would be a waist of time & money. You did it to show hate towards Obama, that you hope to take down.If it were not for a flood of criticism it would still be out there. You are the one that needs prayer. Your sense of judgment is WARPED.

    August 12, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. George w. McCain

    Change the name to Focus on the Frauds

    August 12, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  24. New Democrat

    Would Jesus do this?

    August 12, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. Pat Riot

    “A people who will not be ruled by God are destined to be ruled by tyrants.” William Penn.

    Consider that quote when you vote for a socialist ego-maniac. Some of you liberals are so vicious in your criticizm that you forget to defend another individuals right to say and think as they please.

    August 12, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8