Hate speech. It's just just about marriage either. There are references to Exodus International, a group whose message is not only hateful, but dangerous. Homophobia kills, especially the "ex-gay" lies.
This group would more accurately be called Focus on the Far Right Wing Fundamentalist Christian Strict Adherence to the Biblical Dogma of Ancient Barbarians Family; subtitled Anti-Every-Other-Family-in-America (ESPECIALLY WITH A PASSION anti gay people, gay parents, gay children, and gay friends and relatives.)
If you want your children to be open minded, healthy, progressive children ready to take on the challenges of 21st Century society, keep them WELL away from this site.
Good website. Promotes Biblical, Christian beliefs, and kindness towards homosexuals despite popular belief.
To those who think it has anti-LGBT sentiment, notice: Focus recommends homosexuals be treated with respect due to them, and is simply opposed to homosexual marriage. If taking a stance with the Bible is considered hate speech, maybe you should reconsider.
Great Christian site. Not inappopriate at all. I really like their "Adventures in Odyssey" radio drama. Just because two people hate Christianity and are extreme atheists doesn't mean this is a bad site.
This is hate group that seeks political power by claiming to a religious organization. It has been involved in numerous scandals including an prominent employee being charged for sexual conduct with a teenager and deliberately misrepresenting scientific research to further their political goals and hate mongering.
Focus Broadcaster Caught by “Teen Girl” in Internet Sex Sting
Posted April 6th, 2009 by Natalie Davis
Juan Alberto Ovalle in his booking photo on charges of Internet luring. Another religious-right figure is on the hot seat for inappropriate behavior and hypocrisy: The Colorado Independent reports that Focus on the Family Spanish-language broadcaster Juan Alberto Ovalle, 42, faces felony charges after being caught using the Internet to try and lure a 15-year-old girl for sex. If you don’t know Ovalle, he’s the voice on FOTF’s Spanish-language Bible CDs and markets Christian-themed tapes.
Minnesota Monitor: Focus on the Family Distorts Work
by Andy Birkey
Professor Gary Remafedi, M.D.Professor Gary Remafedi, M.D., of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota called on James Dobson of Focus on the Family to correct “gross misrepresentations” of his research in a letter sent to the religious right group on Wednesday. Remafedi is the latest in a long line of researchers who have demanded that Dobson and Focus on the Family correct inaccurate references to their research, citations that are often used to create a false and negative impression of gays and lesbians.
“I want to draw your attention to a gross misrepresentation of our research at the website of Focus on the Family,” wrote Remafedi. A section of the site called “Myths and Facts” makes the assertion that sexual orientation is easily swayed in adolescence and that “homosexual activist groups” and a culture supportive of gay marriage can influence teens to become gay.
“Many teens today either know someone struggling with homosexual thoughts or behavior - or are battling the desire to enter into this kind of a life for themselves,” the Web site reads. “What’s worse is that some teens have given up the fight and have surrendered to the idea of being gay. During early adolescence, many children experience a period of sexual-identity confusion when they can easily be influenced in either direction.”
Dobson then uses Remafedi’s research to back up his claim. Remafedi says his research doesn’t say anything to that effect. In fact, he wonders if Dobson even read his research.
“Had the authors of ‘Myths and Facts’ actually read the article, they would have found no support for their contention that ‘many children experience a period of sexual-identity confusion when they can be influenced in either direction,’” wrote Remafedi. “The word ‘confusion’ does not appear in our article; nor did we find that anyone can influence a young person’s sexual identity.”
Remafedi is not alone in his concern that research is being grossly misinterpreted in order to engage in culture-war positioning. New York University sociologist Judith Stacey was infuriated when she saw her research in Focus on the Family materials used to paint gays and lesbians as unfit parents.
“I’ve had to spend a lot of time correcting the record,” she wrote. “The bottom line is there is no research-based reason to deny rights to same-sex couples and their children. We should be passing laws and making policies that make life easier for all families — not harder.”
In a Time magazine op-ed in 2006, Dobson used research to make the case that gays and lesbians are unfit to raise children. Several researchers were alarmed to see their research misused. New York University educational psychologist Carol Gilligan, Ph.D, in a letter to Dobson said, “My work in no way suggests same-gender families are harmful to children or can’t raise these children to be as healthy and well adjusted as those brought up in traditional households.”
“I trust,” the letter said, “that this will be the last time my work is cited by Focus on the Family.”
Kyle Pruett, M.D., of the Yale School of Medicine also told Dobson to correct the record on his research. “You cherry-picked a phrase to shore up highly (in my view) discriminatory purposes,” he wrote. “This practice is condemned in real science, common though it may be in pseudo-science circles. There is nothing in my longitudinal research or any of my writings to support such conclusions.”
Remafedi sent his letter to Wayne Besen of Truth Wins Out, a watchdog group that monitors instances where research is used erroneously against gays and lesbians.
“Focus on the Family has engaged in a disturbing pattern of misrepresenting the work of legitimate researchers to further their anti-gay agenda,” Besen said in a press release. “We call on Focus on the Family to immediately expunge all falsehoods and fallacies presented as ‘facts’ from their past and present literature.”