You may already have heard that Focus on the Family is cutting jobs:
“There’s still a great demand for the resources we offer,” said Focus spokesman Gary Schneeberger on Tuesday. “It’s simply a fact that the economy is affecting our donors and, therefore, affecting us.”
The staff reductions, which will decrease the number of employees from about 1,150 to about 950, include 149 people whose positions will be eliminated, and 53 vacant positions that will be cut. The ministry founded by religious broadcaster James Dobson also will stop publishing four of its eight magazines.
Now, another fundamentalist Christian group is going through a round of firings:
The Creation Museum is laying off some of its staff despite close to a half a million visitors this year.
The Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., employees about 300 people.
A spokesman says they let go of 15 employees in October, for the “sake of financial and workplace efficiencies.”
I doubt it’s about efficiency or economy.
I imagine that moderate Christians, who may have supported these “Bible-based” groups in the past, are simply getting sick of them. They’re no longer willing to give money to Christian groups that make them look bad or misrepresent their faith.
Both groups are still raking in far more money this year than any atheist group, to be sure.
Still, I see this as a good sign for those of us who support progressive values and real science.
Adds one commenter:
At least their pink slips will come with a “Merry Christmas” instead of a “Happy Holidays.”