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Dobson Steps Down as Chair of Focus on the Family


In response to news
that James Dobson is stepping down as the chairman of Focus on the
Family, People For the American Way president Kathryn
Kolbert issued the following statement:

James Dobson may be stepping down, but he's not
stepping off the field. Dobson will continue hosting his national radio show
and pushing his far right agenda under the cover of folksy advice.

Dobson has built an audience for himself in the
millions and a series of organizations that pull in tens of millions of dollars
each year. He presents himself as an expert on raising kids, but his real
passion is for enacting the policies of the Religious Right.

Dobson and Focus on the Family fervently support
failed abstinence-only sex ed programs, destructive bans on same-sex marriage
and adoption, and efforts to undermine fundamental constitutional rights like
privacy and church-state separation. Regardless of where Dobson appears on the
organizational chart, he and Focus on the Family will continue their assault on
Americans' liberties.

People For the American Way works to build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights, and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunity. We fight against right-wing extremism and the injustice it fosters.

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