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James and the Giant Jihad

At his Colorado Springs-based mega-ministry, Focus on the Family, James Dobson has constructed a well-oiled, well-financed, high-tech political machine.
(Part two of two)
By
August 2006
On a warm day last May, about three hundred people gathered on the steps of the Colorado state Capitol. Dressed in rumpled shorts, T-shirts, and sandals, they flopped down on the green grass, swilled their water, unbuckled their fanny packs, and adjusted their camcorders. Several people held signs emblazoned with messages so mild they could have been written by a middle-school librarian: “Help Schools Teach Respect for All,” “Don’t Write Prejudice into Our Constitution,” and “Yes on Domestic Partnerships.” These were the only visible signs of their crusade.

They had come to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Colorado’s Amendment 2, an anti-gay-rights measure narrowly approved by voters in 1992, and to support a domestic partnership referendum that will be on the state ballot in November. If approved, that measure will give same-sex couples many of the legal rights of their married counterparts. Forces pushing the referendum include a coalition of moderate religious clergy; socially liberal attorneys who honed their skills in the Amendment 2 fight; moderate Republicans such as Sean Duffy, a former member of Governor Owens’ staff; and Tim Gill, the politically active gay multimillionaire who made his fortune in the software business. And if you ask James Clayton Dobson, all of them—from the fanny-packers to the financiers—are part of a great amoral army that threatens to destroy Western civilization.

The most powerful evangelical Christian in America, James Dobson is the founder of Focus on the Family. From his headquarters in Colorado Springs, his genial, grandfatherly radio-show voice reaches 220 million people around the globe. He has helped unseat United States senators, shaped the U.S. Supreme Court, and been an invaluable ally and advisor to President Ronald Reagan and Presidents George Herbert Bush and George W. Bush. For the past 30 years, Dobson has been battling to save the world from sinners, the secular media, radical feminists, and the rest of the Left. Defending marriage from attacks by “homosexual activists” is now his most important crusade.

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