February 27th, 2009
04:08 PM ET
14 years ago

Focus on the Family's Dobson steps down

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(CNN) - James Dobson, evangelical leader of the Christian ministry Focus on the Family, has stepped down as board chairman, he announced Friday.

During a meeting with employees, Dobson, 72, said the move means he will no longer be involved with the administrative side of the ministry, according to spokesman Gary Schneeberger.

But Dobson's public role isn't expected to change. He'll still appear on his daily radio broadcast and as an advocate for socially conservative issues, Schneeberger said.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. arithmetic is liberal

    The world is better off without people like Dobson. That man and his parade of blasphemers (yeah, you heard me, religious right) set this country back 50 years.

    February 27, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. Veteran from New York City, NY

    That guy Dobson should step down longtimes ago. He's nothing but an old racist that hided under the Christian banner. I wish him well and good ridance!

    February 27, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. Another Republican Scandal?

    What scandal is about to break on this evangelical nut?

    The bigger threat is the hatred Republicans are spewing....
    I am more concerned about the Republicans who are again inciting hatred, lies, and violence-inducing language (like SC Senator DeMint).

    Everyone should watch 'RIGHT AMERICA – WRONGED" on HBO. It's a Republican documentary you can see for free on HBO on Demand. If you want to see what Republicans believe and what their values are, in their own words, you really should see this 45 minute show.

    You will instantly understand why Republicans are against any education funding. You will instantly understand the comments coming from South Carolina Gov Sanford, SC Senators Graham and DeMint. You will see who the only people who watch the discredited Fox News are. You will understand why the registered hate groups (KKK and White Supremists and others) membership roles have tripled. You will understand the rise of racism in the South among Republicans. You will understand why we need to vote out even more Republicans who come up for reelection in 2010.

    You will also understand why all the Republican bloggers on this site throw around terms like "socialsm, marxism, communism, and Nazi". Not one of them could tell you the definition of any of these, the differences between them, and how shocked they would be to learn that their Social Security retirement checks, their Medicare supplements and other programs they depend on are "socialist" in nature.

    Republicans = the uneducated, the ignorant, the racist, the Party of we are against everything!

    Palin, Huckabee, Romney, Limbaugh, Hannity, Coulter – Lord help us all – extremist fools all!

    February 27, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. Jason

    I bet you he had an affair with a man. That will come out, soon. If not why is he stepping down? These kind of people love power and the influence of it. He must have done something really bad. Naughty naughty Mr. Dobson. We'll all know your deep dark secret soon enough.

    February 27, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. D-MI

    May his intestines revolt, his soft-matter crumble, his head be dashed against the rocks by invading armies...

    What? Dobson likes to get all Old Testament-y on other people. Time he took a bit of what he likes to dish out.

    February 27, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. D-MI

    Oh yeah:

    Jindal's a liar. CNN won't cover it. He's a governor. He lied to a national audience. It's news.

    February 27, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. Jim

    Mike: People have been investigating this man for years. All to no avail. Taxes, morality, all the smut the media could try to pour on him all fell to no avail.

    Also, Jesus was very conservative. You need to read your Bible, not just look thru it.

    And lastly to all. Judge not, lest you be judged. You would do well to
    follow his lead.

    February 27, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. sensible Cape Coral FL

    It's about time. He did more than his share of damage.

    February 27, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. False profit?

    I feel bad for the believers that were fooled by this pseudo christian.A wolf that led many astray and cleaned their pockets while he was at it.He wasnt put here to create a Theocracy or tell Caezar what to do.He should have tended the flock,period.

    February 27, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. Mari

    Once a LONG time ago, I once admired Jim Dobson. His advice on raising children was sage.

    BUT...... something happened to James Dobson, he went OFF the DEEP END of EXTREMISM. Whenever people become EXTREMISTS, whether they'd be from the LEFT OR RIGHT..... you become irrelevant! You become "noise" ..... and in some cases, like in Dobson's .... hateful. Any extreme view denies the possibility of MIDDLE GROUND. For life is not ...... always black & white!

    Sadly, Dobson became a hater, while STILL claiming to be Christian! As a Christian, who knows well what JESUS asked of us, I am disturbed by Dobson's rhetoric, his hate for anyone who is different from him.


    February 27, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. ran

    The whole "focus on family" should step down. They only focus on hate/bigotry.

    February 27, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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