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June 12, 1989 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
Claiming that his goal of prodding religious conservatives into the political arena has been achieved, the Rev. Jerry Falwell announced Sunday that he will dissolve the Moral Majority in August. "The Religious Right is solidly in place. . . . Moral Majority as an organization is no longer needed," Falwell said during a news conference as part of the Religion Newswriters Assn. meeting here. The independent Baptist pastor from Lynchburg, Va., founded the lobbying organization 10 years ago this month at a time when fundamentalists and the Religious Right had only begun to attract attention.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Transgender activist Eli Erlick, 18, was on the phone from her home in the small Mendocino County town of Willits and I could not resist asking her to respond to something uttered recently on the radio by James Dobson, founder of the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family. "God made us male and female," said Dobson, expressing distaste for California's groundbreaking new law that requires schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and play on the sports teams of the gender they identify with.
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NATIONAL
July 21, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Conservative Christian leader James C. Dobson has softened his stance against Republican presidential hopeful John McCain, saying he could reverse his position and endorse the Arizona senator. "I never thought I would hear myself saying this," Dobson said in a radio broadcast to air today. " . . . While I am not endorsing Sen. John McCain, the possibility is there that I might." Dobson and other evangelical leaders increasingly are taking a lesser-of-two-evils approach to the 2008 race.
SPORTS
January 5, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Pete Maravich came to town 25 years ago, Jan. 5, 1988. No newspaper, local or national, had an obituary prepared. No need, presumably. Everything seemed normal that morning in the gymnasium at the First Church of the Nazarene in Pasadena. Maravich had flown in from his Louisiana home to do some radio work with James Dobson. Maravich had become a born-again Christian. Dobson was the nationally known head of Focus on the Family, his spacious headquarters located at the intersection of the 57 and 10 freeways in Pomona.
NEWS
July 4, 1991 | MIKE WARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Christian author, broadcaster and psychologist James Dobson is headed to Russia with love--and videos. Not to mention books, radio tapes and glossy magazines produced by his Pomona-based organization, Focus on the Family. In August, accompanied by a U.S. senator and two congressmen, Dobson will lead a Focus on the Family delegation to Moscow to meet with government officials, sociologists, psychologists, religious leaders and journalists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1998 | PETER M. WARREN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Bringing his national influence to bear in Orange County, well-known Christian psychologist James Dobson on Friday endorsed former GOP congressman Robert K. Dornan for election, saying Dornan represents anti-abortion and pro-family values. "I rarely do political endorsements, but I am making an exception to personally endorse the honorable Bob Dornan because I believe in this man," Dobson wrote in a letter to the candidate.
NEWS
June 20, 1991 | MIKE WARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six years ago they were a dynamic radio duo: James Dobson, the folksy, Christian psychologist dispensing advice over the airwaves on raising a family, backed up by his faithful sidekick, Gil Moegerle, the smooth-talking broadcasting pro. Lately, however, Moegerle has been on a witness stand in Pomona Superior Court trying to explain when he first felt lust for the woman who became his second wife.
SPORTS
January 5, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Pete Maravich came to town 25 years ago, Jan. 5, 1988. No newspaper, local or national, had an obituary prepared. No need, presumably. Everything seemed normal that morning in the gymnasium at the First Church of the Nazarene in Pasadena. Maravich had flown in from his Louisiana home to do some radio work with James Dobson. Maravich had become a born-again Christian. Dobson was the nationally known head of Focus on the Family, his spacious headquarters located at the intersection of the 57 and 10 freeways in Pomona.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 1988
We have a little thing in this country that James Dobson and his cronies have apparently never heard of. It's called the First Amendment. GREG POIRIER Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1998
Regarding the threat by James Dobson and others of his right-wing Christian ilk to "walk out" on the Republican Party (May 19), I say good riddance. I think it's no coincidence that in the last two presidential elections the GOP adopted the extreme agenda of the Christian right and lost those elections. When will Republicans realize that these people represent only a small fraction of the American people? I'm hearing the same boring chorus from the Republicans again: new abortion curbs, school vouchers, protection of religious freedom (it's in danger?
NEWS
November 10, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg
As the head of Focus on the Family, Jim Daly might be considered one of the nation's leading culture warriors - a title that certainly applied to his predecessor, James Dobson, who founded the organization and built it into a powerhouse of the conservative evangelical movement. And, to be sure, Daly threw the considerable resources of his organization - which fiercely opposes abortion and same-sex marriage - behind the campaign to defeat President Obama, paying for millions of mailers that listed the presidential candidates' positions on issues that were important to “values voters.” In the aftermath of the election, however, Daly is willing to say things that few conservative evangelical leaders are likely to say. He believes, for instance, that the Christian right lost the fight against same-sex marriage in four states in part because it is on the losing side of a cultural paradigm.
NEWS
September 1, 2011 | By Tom Hamburger and Matea Gold
As Rick Perry's presidential campaign moves forward, he is devoting enormous energy to wooing religious conservatives, including participating last weekend in a two-day retreat with evangelical leaders on a remote Texas ranch. The meeting received little public attention, though the 200 or so in attendance included luminaries of the Christian right such as Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, California pastor Jim Garlow, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and Washington-area Bishop Harry Jackson, who presides over one of the largest African American churches on the East Coast.
NATIONAL
February 28, 2009 | Nicholas Riccardi and DeeDee Correll
James Dobson is stepping down as chairman of Focus on the Family, the conservative religious group announced Friday -- a change that comes as the political movement Dobson has long embodied has been torn by questions over its direction and priorities. Dobson, 72, will continue to broadcast his popular radio show, write books and newsletters, speak out on family issues and retain a prominent role at the Colorado Springs-based group that he founded in 1977.
NATIONAL
December 19, 2008 | Manya A. Brachear
Barack Obama isn't in the White House yet, but conservative evangelical Christians are worried that he will threaten their freedom to live according to the Bible and profess it as the literal word of God. If evangelicals don't act now, prayer in schools and on the airwaves would give way to pornography and same-sex marriage, some predict. "We've seen what we feel is a clear rise in hostility among our institutions -- political institutions and media institutions," said Craig Parshall of the National Religious Broadcasters, a Virginia group.
NATIONAL
July 21, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Conservative Christian leader James C. Dobson has softened his stance against Republican presidential hopeful John McCain, saying he could reverse his position and endorse the Arizona senator. "I never thought I would hear myself saying this," Dobson said in a radio broadcast to air today. " . . . While I am not endorsing Sen. John McCain, the possibility is there that I might." Dobson and other evangelical leaders increasingly are taking a lesser-of-two-evils approach to the 2008 race.
NATIONAL
October 12, 2005 | Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
Before President Bush nominated White House Counsel Harriet E. Miers to the Supreme Court, his deputy chief of staff, Karl Rove, called influential Christian leader James C. Dobson to assure him that Miers was a conservative evangelical Christian, Dobson said in remarks scheduled for broadcast today on his national radio show.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1998
Pat Buchanan ("Conservatives: Heed Media at Your Peril," Column Right, Nov. 10) gives the befuddled Republicans one more excuse for the public repudiation of their recent effort to take over the country. It's the media's fault! But, of course. Why didn't I realize that? One thing it cannot possibly be is the reactionary conservative failure to get real. If the media are every scheming, duplicitous thing that Buchanan says, how come his drivel keeps getting printed? One thing Buchanan drives around is that those lumps under the blanket in the GOP bed are the talking heads: William Bennett, Gary Bauer, Ralph Reed and James Dobson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1989
I don't know if Goldstein has children or grandchildren, but I would highly recommend that he read some of James Dobson's books about marriage, families or children. In the long run, I believe Dobson's writings will leave a more enduring, positive effect on our society and country, perhaps even the world and future generations, than will the contents of Penthouse and Screw and other pornographic/obscene magazines or videos. Goldstein delights in putting down Dobson when Dobson has put his talents to use in helping thousands, maybe millions, of us in our challenges and struggles as parents.
NATIONAL
October 7, 2005 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
They call because they feel afraid and alone, and because the voice on the radio is kind. My husband is addicted to gambling. My sixth-grader refuses to study. My aunt is an alcoholic. My daughter hears voices. A cousin molested me when I was a boy. "My son talks so ugly. Today he said, 'stupid mommy.' It breaks my heart, and I don't know what to do." A sob escapes the young mother on the line. "I know he's a busy man, but I was wondering, would it be possible for me to ask Dr.
OPINION
June 5, 2005
Re "On Filibuster and Stem Cells, GOP Bears Pain of Compromise," column, May 30: Ronald Brownstein states, "James Dobson virtually threatened to excommunicate from the Republican Party the seven member senators who supported the accommodation." Since when is Dobson the head of the Republican Party? Granted, he is a very vocal and overly influential member, but it seems obvious that the power he has grabbed has gone to his head. Many Republicans are becoming tired of his posturing and don't want him to speak in their name.
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