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Focus on the Family Responds to 'Regret' from TOMS Shoes Founder

Focus on the Family President Jim Daly responded to a statement yesterday from TOMS shoes founder Blake Mycoskie, distancing himself from the anti-gay, anti-choice Evangelical group, with a statement of their own to Christianity Today:

Blaketoms Said Daly, of the interview program on which Mycoskie appeared:

"By contract, TOMS has the right to block broadcast of the program. We hope they won't do that, but we have yet to hear directly from Blake or anyone at TOMS about this situation....Yes, we believe marriage is a sacred, lifetime union between one man and one woman. Yes, we advocate in the public policy arena for laws that uphold that truth. But the same Bible that tells us God's design and intent for marriage tells us all people are created in His image and are worthy of dignity and respect."

Daly added: "While we may disagree with those who spearheaded this effort to get TOMS to distance themselves from us, our desire is not so much to defeat them at the ballot box as it is to bring them closer to the heart of Jesus Christ -- the only hope any of us have for the forgiveness and overcoming of our sins."

And Christianity Today adds

Daly said Mycoskie's apology was an "unfortunate statement about the culture we live in, when an organization like ours is deemed unfit" over beliefs about marriage. “It's also a chilling statement about the future of the culture we live in," he said.

Haters playing the victim card once again.

UPDATE: The full FOTF statement, via Jeremy Hooper at Good As You, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. "Haters" is kind of a juvenile word choice Andy.

    "Bigots" seems like a better fit.

    Posted by: Leo | Jul 11, 2011 8:44:38 AM

  2. Geuss what you can believe what you choose, but when you try to delibritly interfere with other people want to connect with each other and expierience joy with each other, you are unworthy and should be viewed as the vile haters you are
    if you dont want same-sex marriage dont marry the same sex.

    Posted by: Curtis | Jul 11, 2011 8:47:15 AM

  3. I think "haters playing the hate card" says it pretty succinctly. It's the way language has evolved and it certainly is true. Reading FOTF's message about this you can certainly see that they are feeling their power and popularity wane from ten years ago. They are bigots or haters or anything else you'd care to call them.

    Posted by: MrJ | Jul 11, 2011 8:59:41 AM

  4. either can't tell me that no one on TOM's executive staff had no idea how controversial Focus on the Family is and how virulent their hatred for al lthings gay are. Call Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks...wherever you spend your gay dollars and tell them you won;t do so going forward until they drop TOMS

    Posted by: chris | Jul 11, 2011 9:07:18 AM

  5. It's amazing that companies' PR folks can't at least Google an organization before making the informed decision whether or not to participate with them as TOMS SHOES apparently did not. In fact, you don't even need a PR department, agency or even person to find out this info, duh, do it yourself! It makes me wonder just how smart some people/companies are not to protect themselves this way, especially if you wish you hadn't participated.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Jul 11, 2011 9:16:13 AM

  6. Since when did has marriage been FOF's ONLY issue with gay people? They have been rabidly anti-gay and have fought EVERY law or rule ever intended to reduce discrimination against gay people. They opposed hate laws. They opposed equal opportunity laws. They opposed hospital visitation laws. They encouraged parents and families to DISOWN and throw out their gay kids. I'M ONE OF THOSE KIDS whose parents listened to James Dobson on the radio EVERY DAY. It was HIS and FOF's hate radio that resulted in me being disowned by my family.

    How utterly disgusting that they should play victim now and claim that their ONLY issue with gay people is "protecting marriage".

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jul 11, 2011 9:34:31 AM

  7. Whenever they talk about treating us with dignity and respect, it always comes across to me as patronizing and condescending hogwash.

    Actions speak louder than words.

    Posted by: mytwocents | Jul 11, 2011 9:50:35 AM

  8. It's very, very difficult to believe that TOMS originally had no idea what Focus on the Family is all about. They are *infamous* as an anti-gay organization. Even the most cursory check--a 10-second Google search--would reveal their heinous anti-gay activities and the hateful homophobic vitriol that has been regularly spewed by Focus on the Family's founder and leaders for years. How could anyone who is taking even the *slightest* care "accidentally" speak at a Focus on the Family event without having any clue who they were dealing with? Didn't it become obvious *at* the event? Sorry, I just don't buy TOMS' excuse and apology. They were caught pandering to a hate group and don't want to suffer the consequences of that action. It's as if he spoke at a Klan rally and then later tried to say he thought it was just community picnic. What a crock.

    Posted by: John Equality Bickford | Jul 11, 2011 11:26:27 AM

  9. if toms believes the way they say they do cancel the program. if not them they knew what they were doing and time to tell the stores that carry their product goodbye for now.

    Posted by: walter | Jul 11, 2011 12:03:15 PM

  10. no way no how can TOM's shoes play the victim here??? Are you kidding me?? one was aware that Focus on The Family was a hate group...he couldnt tell once he got there either??...he should have walked out.

    Posted by: chris | Jul 11, 2011 12:36:34 PM

  11. It would have been nice if TOMS had included something about the Jesus of the New Testament inclusiveness & that his judgement was most vividly directed & depicted at the Church, not at the people he was ministering to. Not that Blake's ever been one to quote the Bible, but considering who he was dealing with... Y'know it'd be beneficial if those in the public eye threw this blatant hypocrisy right back at these Pharisees (religious "authorities"), so it could be quoted too. Like how the press almost entirely would not point out the relentless hypocrisy & spin of the Bush administration until he was out of office. Now look at what we're left with after 8 years of flagrant BS. Quote the stupid headline crap to sell your paper/show, but also refute it by doing some quick research. Internet, anyone?
    Ok, now someone else's turn.

    Posted by: Russ | Jul 11, 2011 2:02:29 PM

  12. I called into Dr. D's sponsored show "Janey Parcells" and argued homosexuality as a Christian speaking to other "supposed Christians" (tho they aren't at all Christlike) using the Bible (since I actually read Koine and Hebrew) and she hung up on me with a God Bless you.

    They are the most ill-informed, knee-jerk nutsos alive. I told them that they loved America more than they loved Christ or they would do what Christ says instead of Bush (this was during the Bush administration).

    ARGH. Sorry, I just get so mad at them.


    I'm so sorry to hear that. I'm a mother and would never ever ever abandon my kids. Any God that would ask that is no God I would worship. I'd let you join my family if you were up here.


    Posted by: Rin | Jul 11, 2011 2:57:56 PM

  13. 2 ads for Toms shoes on the site today -Bergdorf/ADChoices, and"Ads by Google." Quelle coinkydink.

    Posted by: Dudemcduderson | Jul 11, 2011 4:59:52 PM

  14. FotF playing the victim card? I'm not surprised.

    Daly is one of the biggest homophobes around...just read one of his books.

    Posted by: Bernie | Jul 11, 2011 6:46:29 PM

  15. x-tianity since the beginning of its time...including jesus has always played victim...why should we expect any less from these idiots?

    Posted by: wyocwboy62 | Jul 12, 2011 12:20:54 AM

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