August 12th, 2008
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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.


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  1. jimmy

    Praying is a solemn act of worship and fellowship with The Almighty
    Sovereign of all creation. not to be taken lightly. Personally I am disappointed that Focus on the Family founder Dobson chooses
    to use it for a dumb idea: to pray for rain on a presidential candidates
    Speech.. I mean there is so much and hugely more important issues America should be prating for. The wars on Terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan, War on Poverty , the homeless , the Aids epidemic
    the global economic downturn .and so many more. Why has Dobson
    become more so political that he has forgotten the bigger issues and problems of America.

    August 12, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. jimmy

    Praying for our Country is vastly more important than praying for rain on a presidential candidate's speech venue. Focus on the Family and Dobson is suddenly OUT of Focus!!!

    August 12, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. Adriana

    I am a Christian, and I'm voting for Obama. I'm yet another Christian here to say that "Focus on the Family" doesn't speak for me.

    August 12, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  4. georeg wheeldon

    This coming from the "old guard" of "christian conservatism" is what is destroying "religion" everywhere. Why can't the leaders of these organizations, which by the way are using tax free dollars to run these stupid ads, just fade away. Give them NO MORE spotlight.

    August 12, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  5. jimmy

    Further, we must first know that Mr. Dobson is not ChURCH PASTOR or Minister. We do not know what (which , and where)
    he goes to and what Bible he reads. To tell Americans what to pray for is therefore outside his calling. I am not following Mr Dobson's advice! though I will probably vote for Senator McCain.

    August 12, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  6. MIKE

    FOCUS ON THE FAMILY HAS AGAIN SHOWN ITS BACKSIDE. THEY ARE A GROUP OF RACIST RIGHT WING NUTS. WHEN IS THE IRS GOING TO INVESTIGATE THEM AND TAKE AWAY THEIR TAX EXEMPT STATUS??????????????????????????????????/

    August 12, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  7. Jim

    I wonder what God really thinks of this BOZO and the other saps who donate money to him, Familiy values to wish harm to someone else because they might disagree. Scary as Mccain.

    August 12, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  8. Obviously a Sucker

    You guys are all pitiful. Sad to see how stupid the democrats have become just as sad to see rain dances going on with the republicans. Everyone prepare for the race riots when Obama looses.

    August 12, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  9. Nancy

    BARACK OBAMA,

    The 44th President of THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    IN GOD WE TRUST.

    August 12, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  10. Kim of Allen, TX

    In response to Chief, it sounds like Focus on Family are the bad sports....I haven't heard of any Democrats praying for any unfortunate events to happen at the RNC convention...

    August 12, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  11. Tammy - KCMO

    Are they part of the Westboro Baptist church in Kansas that's run by that nutcase Phelps?

    August 12, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
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