In Cash Crunch, Focus on the Family Hands Off ‘Ex-Gay’ Events

James Dobson's Focus on the Family, short on funds, has made a plea to investors and ceded control of its "ex-gay" confabs to another right-wing religious organization:

Dobson "Focus on the Family, founded by child psychologist James Dobson, is
on pace to fall $6 million short of a $138 million budget for the
fiscal year that began last October, spokesman Gary Schneeberger said…Focus on the Family also announced Tuesday it would no longer stage 'Love Won Out' conferences across the country. The events drew both participants and picketers for their promise to 'help men and women dissatisfied with living homosexually understand that same-sex attractions can be overcome.'

The events will go on, instead staged by Orlando, Fla.-based Exodus International, a network of ministries whose core message is 'Freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ.'

Schneeberger said it made strategic sense for Exodus, which is expanding its work with churches, to take over the conferences starting in November."

The American Psychological Association announced the results of a two-year study on "ex-gay" therapy last week, saying it doesn't work, and urging doctors to tell patients to "explore
possible life paths that address the reality of their sexual


  1. Paul R says

    Alan, it could be that they didn’t raise that much. Some of it could be returns on investments (among other sources), and in fact the shaky stock market is probably part of the reason they’re having a shortfall.

    Still, I agree it’s far too much money for them, especially since they don’t pay taxes on it. Evil.

  2. woodroad34 says

    Well, they’ve been in decline since last November (from Wikipedia):

    In November 2008, the organization announced that it was eliminating 202 jobs, representing 18 percent of its workforce. The organization also cut its budget from $160 million in fiscal 2008 to $138 million for fiscal 2009.[1]

    On February 27, 2009, Dobson officially announced he was stepping down as chairman of the Board of Directors, but would continue to serve as host of the Focus on the Family broadcasts and write a monthly column.[2]

    However, this phrase from the same entry worries me: “evangelical parachurch organizations”. Why is an organization that is not really a church allowed to be political and not pay taxes?

  3. RB says

    james Dobson makes me ill! That is really all I have to say. What about my freakin family? Do my kids not count. He can really makes me sick and I can only wish that he had lost the other 132 million!

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