James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, has kept a low profile this year. He has rarely sounded off in the media on gay marriage and abortion, his biggest issues.
Or is it more that the media isn’t listening anymore?
On his “Family Talk with James Dobson” radio show Friday, Dobson was in typical form as he railed against federal Judge Vaughn Walker regarding his overturning California’s Proposition 8, a measure that passed in November 2008 that defines state marriage as between one man and one woman.
After retiring from Focus in February, Dobson started Family Talk in May, a Christian ministry devoted to helping families thrive. He co-hosts ”Family Talk with James Dobson” with his 39-year-old son, Ryan, and LuAnne Crane. The show is heard on about 400 Christian stations nationwide. On his Focus radio show, Dobson was heard on thousands of radio stations worldwide.On the Friday broadcast, called “Proposition 8: A Battle We Must Win,” Dobson excoriates Judge Walker. “The Judge had the temerity to throw 2,000 years of Western civilization on the trash heap of history,” Dobson said Friday. “The judge has taken it upon himself to determine the direction (America) will go.”
Dobson also launched into apocalyptic strain, saying America is headed for terrible times if same-sex couples are allowed to marry.
He implied that Walker was not impartial in his decision. Walker “may very well be homosexual,” he said, and cited the New York Times as his source.
Here is the paragraph Dobson is referring to in the Times, pulled from a short profile of Walker:
“Since those days, several published reports have stated that the judge is himself gay. In February, The San Francisco Chronicle called it an “open secret.” Critics have argued that his sexual orientation was a source of bias that should have disqualified him from hearing the Proposition 8 case. Judge Walker has declined to discuss the matter.”
Read the complete Times story here.
Dobson may not have as many listeners anymore, and the media may not hang on his every word. But he still sounds like the Dobson of old.