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

Focus on the Family gets stormy response to Web video

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Being from Colorado Springs, I was embarrased, but not surprised about the garbage coming from Focus on the family. They think that what they think and feel is what the town thinks and feels. Thank goodness some of their own people complained, and the video was pulled. It was a very arrogant statement to make, and it was not well received. This is a die hard republican county and they think that they run everything here. Being a democrat around here is hard sometimes as your views are usually dismissed as liberal bull.

    August 12, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. mark

    As a Christian, I am ashamed of Focus On the Family and wish they would shut their mouths and get the heck out of politics and start following Jesus' example and reach out in love to a world in need of hope. SHAME on you Focus on the Family!

    August 12, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. pj4521

    What a proud and storied organization focus on the family remains. Thank you James Dobson and all of the members of focus on the family for your consistent dispaly of intelligent rationale thinking on the important issues facing the world today. I mean, to think, all we had to do is pray for rain and that would make Barak Obama drop out of the presidential campaign. Why didn't Hillary think of it?

    August 12, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Jim,Atlanta

    If it rains, it's because God is showing his displeasure with Senator Obama.....if it's a beautiful

    Face it....these people have excuses for every event.

    August 12, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. fella from Chicago

    Lord, I'm one of your wayward lost Christian children who have stumbled along the way, but darn if I'm not praying for the same rain event. Oh what fun it would be to see the evil Democratic witches from the East and West have their sins washed away for practicing Obamaism and turn into God fearing Republicans. Lord! Open the skies in Denver for 3-4 days and let the theme song be "Singing in the Rain".

    August 12, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. SPQR753

    I ffeel sorry for this pityful bunch of fanatical Evangelicals!

    If Jesus was be alive, he would chastise them for their blind hatred for whomever does not share their "values".

    By the same token, Jesus would condemn all those preachers who turn their MEGA churches into money making machines...

    Simply nauseating!

    August 12, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. Joe Kiloz

    Please ask the group to do the same for Taxifornia, we haven't seen drops in awhile.

    August 12, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. anonymous

    It is a cardinal SIN to use God to get ahead. There are so many people doing that and I do hope they know they will be judged one day for it not by people on this planet either. Well it is the signs of the times. Open your eyeees people there are more signs every single day. When it happens it will be too late. Better wise up.

    August 12, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. Kevin

    What is Focus on the Family's position regarding John Mccain's extramarital affairs? Do they endorse cheating on someone if they have been in a car wreck?

    August 12, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. John

    This could come back to them tenfold, as they're not likely to cancel it even if it does rain. It'll be a huge story, 75,000 people staying in the stands to listen to Obama's speech regardless of the weather.


    August 12, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Marie in California

    I never thought the Democrats would ever again put out a truly pathetic candidate....the last one we had was McGovern. But here we are with Obama.....

    Personally, I would look forward to a good Denver drenching during the convention, especially at the ball park where rockstar American Idol Obama wants to enthrall the mas*ses via his teleprompter feed as they bow, scrape and sway to his messianic words.

    Yup....I'd certainly like to see it rain on Obama's parade!


    August 12, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. ana

    LET IT RAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OH GOD LET IT RAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 12, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. Ki-Jana Carter

    So what's new? These people are idiots. Maybe they should pray that God will make them less ignorant....good luck.

    August 12, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. Carmen Colorado

    These are the Christians? America is in trouble. Bush came in to up the family values, and on and on, and look at the mess we are in. January can not get here fast enough.

    August 12, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. sam

    What a disgraceful cult! And we are paying taxes for them!!!!

    August 12, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. Liz

    lol...I am a Christian, watch it rain the whole week in MN during the Republican convention.....

    August 12, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. Sean

    Please, someone tell me what Obama has done that's "showing off"? He is campaigning, and people like him. All of a sudden, that makes him unelectable? Who cares if he is a celebrity? He is still the best man for the job, and being a celebrity doesn't exclude someone from other skills.

    August 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. 2sense

    Obama's acceptance speech at Mile High is a win/win opportunity. If thr weather is perfect God loves Obama. If it rains God is testing Obama's fortitude and devotion to his cause. Nobody will leave and the show will go on.

    August 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. Bev

    Let's throw those right-wing fundamentalist to the lions...but tax them first! Focus on the Family should be ashamed to have such a hateful ad....that's all you hear from them these days is how to hate your fellow man/woman. Obama is a decent, honest man, he has my vote in Nov.

    August 12, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. Uncle Sam

    Focus on the Family has lost its way!!!

    August 12, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. Salina, Washington, DC

    They always claim 'joke' when they get a negative response to their garbage. These people will do and try anything but it continues to backfire so they just need to stop trying to bring this man down. Their fear is getting the best of them. They are just shameful and pitiful.

    Obama '08/'12

    August 12, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  22. Irma in North Carolina

    All you people are just a bunch of ractis out there , Just like Hillary is trying to get back in there, thats all we need is a bunch Of Monicas disgracing the white house. You all might as well vote for Mccain then , him and Willy are a pair alike cheating on their wifes and then trying to get back in the white house. People like his need to get brought down on their knees. The DNC needs to put a stop to this.

    August 12, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. Alice in Florida

    To those of you whining about their tax exempt status – what about Reverend Wright's hateful church's tax exempt status? Typical Obamabots – everything's OK as long as Obama's involved.

    You guys love to have it both ways just as much as your hero does!

    August 12, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  24. Nelson, Knoxville, Tenn

    These people should be ashamed of themselves, they need to ask God to forgive them for wishing their fellow men bad.

    August 12, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Superstitious nuts...

    August 12, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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