February 27th, 2009
04:08 PM ET
13 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.

Filed under: James Dobson
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Let me guess, the conservative right realized he owed back taxes.

    February 27, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. Mississippi Mike

    It's no surprise to hear that a 72-year old is retiring. Focus on the Family has been losing funding since last summer and could use some fresh blood to help the organization shift gears. I'm glad to hear that he is still going to be voicing his valuable opinion.

    February 27, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Put an End to the Republican Dictatorship Over the US

    GOOD! The Christian Right will crumble!!


    AND Jesus WAS/IS A LIBERAL..........

    February 27, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. Stephen

    Dobson is hate. He needs to disappear completely.

    February 27, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. Proud Yankee

    Good. What a creep.

    February 27, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. Mendelson


    February 27, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. AJ

    It's too bad he will still spew his hate filled rhetoric to socially stunted morons, but mean never goes away easily. When he finally does go there will be some other hate monger to take his place.

    February 27, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. Sheri

    James Dobson ROCKS!
    So wise, so concerned about our families~

    February 27, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. John

    Dobson who(cares). Evangelical christians have a few screws missing, maybe more than a few. The air has seemed cleaner since I buried my catholic faith.

    February 27, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. Mike

    When he meets his maker "there will be a lot 'splanin' to do Lucy"

    This man has set the cause of Christianity back 50 yrs by his implications that only good christians are conservative. If you look thru the Bible and see what Jesus did, no one could say Jesus was conservative.

    Dobson just thinks he is a king-maker.....a Jerry Falwell wannabe...who is by the way probaly trying to get into heaven.

    Here's to you Dobson.....you NUTJOB!!!!!!!!

    February 27, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    Was he caught tapping his foot in an airport bathroom?

    February 27, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Jindal lied in his Katrina story...it never happened.

    February 27, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. Arkansas Undertaker

    Good bye and good ridance!

    February 27, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. Tony in Maine

    He'll leave counting the money to others, but the bigotry will continue.

    February 27, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. chuck

    keep stepping down! a few more steps and you'll be in hell with the others!

    February 27, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. Lexie

    Good, he was an idiot!

    February 27, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. Blatherskite

    Too bad he'll still be around. Rarely has one person used religion more effectively to create divisional poison, foster anti-intellectualism, and in general reduce the level of religious debate to mindless zealotry.

    Thanks, focus on the family, for the cynical political maneuvering that has given us the hatefully manufactured right wing nut dogma on gay marriage, abortion, homosexuality, the widely discredited abstinence doctrine, and best of all, the sheer idiocy of "intelligent design".

    February 27, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. mc- atlanta

    Good Riddance.

    February 27, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. M Paul

    This a prophet of BAAL. Remember that he prayed and asked his god to bring torrential run the day of Obama's acceptance speech at the convention? It didn't run that day and this prophet and his followers worship Baal instead of God. That's why he is stepping down because his god didn't help him.

    Chantilly, Virginia

    February 27, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. I can see Canada from my house!

    Oh, he's focused on the Family alright...he's had a telescopic sight on it for years.

    At least with Bristol Palin, he finally found an unwed mother he like.

    February 27, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |

    another old, rich, white dude looking out for us.

    yeah, right.

    February 27, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    It sounds like he is being investigated for something.

    February 27, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. malclave

    Can you take Obama with you?

    He's destroying the U.S. and the libs are cheering him on.

    February 27, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. Accountability

    Good Riddance!

    February 27, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. Frost

    new leader for the republican party..

    February 27, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
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