Is Focus on the Family Inching to the Left?

Kelly Rosati, a representative from James Dobson‘s Focus on the Family, recently met with the Obama administration to talk about adoption programs and children in foster care.

Rosati actually had positive things to say about them after the meeting!

But Josh Montez of CitizenLink can’t help but bring this conversation back to the fundamentalist right where he thinks it belongs:

Kelly Rosati, adoptive mother of four and senior director of Focus on the Family’s Sanctity of Human Life department, was among those in attendance.

“The Obama administration is really listening,” she said, “and wanted to know from those on the front lines what could be better done to serve the kids in America’s foster care system.”

Unfortunately, the president supports placing some of those kids with homosexual couples.

Obviously, that’s the real travesty here: Placing foster kids with the gays. Those kids might actually grow up to be happy, functioning individuals. Can’t have that now.

That’s not the only instance where a Focus rep said something you never would have expected to hear a year or two ago.

Their judicial analyst, Bruce Hausknecht, recently remarked that the organization would not oppose a Supreme Court nominee just because that person was gay.

“Our concern at the Supreme Court is judicial philosophy,” Hausknecht said. “Sexual orientation only becomes an issue if it effects their judging.”

Ashley Horne, federal policy analyst at Focus, says just like a nominee’s ethnicity and life experience, homosexuality should not be a litmus test.

And once again, other Christian Right groups are stepping in to denounce them:

Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, contends the position held by Focus on the Family is the equivalent of “moral retreat.”

“It’s not just the damage caused by Focus on the Family’s moral retreat on the issue,” Glenn argues. “[That explanation] will be used by homosexual activists and their allies in the media to further marginalize and delegitimize any pro-family organization that continues to take a biblical standard.”

(By the way, which one am I? A homosexual activist or a media ally? I can’t decide…)

I’m not saying Focus is becoming a more liberal group. But it’s clear they are trying to broaden their spectrum. Either they’re sick of the reputation they’ve earned after years of Dobson at the helm… or they aren’t gettng the donations they need from their base.

Let’s not forget that Focus on the Family is the group that put out the fictional letter from a Christian living in 2012 explaining the horrors that would occur if Obama were elected president.

  • Iztok

    I am an adoptive parent of a 17 year old that was abused, neglected and dumped by many Christian families until she came to us. While we are not gay couple we do have few friends that are. And some of them even are in process of adopting. I can speak for NC alone, there are close to 11 thousand(!!!) kids in foster care and most of those are awaiting adoption. Apparently there are not enough heterosexual families that are interested in adopting these kids. So before this so called Focus on Family group speaks up about this, they should each adopt at least one of this awaiting kids first.

  • littlejohn

    If I were king, anyone who speaks out against abortion would be legally required to adopt a child, preferably one with disabilities.

  • Shane

    Placing foster kids with the gays. Those kids might actually grow up to be happy, functioning individuals.

    Yes, but then they might catch the gay… :rolls eyes:

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Off-topic: Why would the Guardian choose to run this article by Charlotte Allen a week after the LA Times got reamed for running it?

  • Polly

    Off-topic: there’s controversy about interracial adoption, too. Some want agencies to put effort into avoiding interracial adoption even if it takes substantially longer to find same-race adoptive parents.

    The argument goes that black kids might/do feel marginalized in an all-white environment.
    But, even so, it’s gotta be worse being a ward of the state than being the child of any willing, decent adoptive couple – or even a single parent with means.

    I doubt that the gay vs. straight issue comes up to even THAT level of concern. So, it seems much worse to keep kids in foster care longer just because of sexual orientation.

  • medussa

    Was it Nebraska or Arkansas that just passed a law last election to prevent any adoptions by gay people (they made it illegal to adopt if not legally married, thereby also barring adoptions by singles, or unmarried heterosexuals.)….

  • Miko

    Cooperating with Obama doesn’t say too much: he’s a solid right-winger in his actions, although he may spew a bit of left-wing rhetoric here and there. Consider his latest travesty, in which his attempt at consumer protections for credit card holders has devolved into an industry-wide consortium on the cartelization of annual fees: Obama is great at finding ways to twist issues to ensure that those groups with power like the results while preserving the veneer of being public-spirited. When FoF said “The Obama administration is really listening,” I have no doubt that they really meant it; it’s not so much them moving left as it is the Democrats moving yet further right.

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  • AxeGrrl

    Medussa wrote:

    Was it Nebraska or Arkansas that just passed a law last election to prevent any adoptions by gay people (they made it illegal to adopt if not legally married, thereby also barring adoptions by singles, or unmarried heterosexuals.)….

    Arkansas. Matt Dillahunty of ‘The Atheist Experience’ delivers a beautifully righteous rant on that very subject here:

    Proposition 8 and Christian bigotry

  • Devysciple

    I see only one problem with allowing homosexual couples to adopt a child:

    Chances are that one day one or more of the adopted children will turn out to be gay themselves. The fundies will then possess “irrefutable proof” that The Gay is contagious, and will go ballistic.

    Hopefully, the rest of the world will be irritated as well. Not because of children catching The Gay, but because of religious zealots reacting like the fuckwits they are.

  • AxeGrrl

    Devysciple wrote:

    I see only one problem with allowing homosexual couples to adopt a child:

    Chances are that one day one or more of the adopted children will turn out to be gay themselves. The fundies will then possess “irrefutable proof” that The Gay is contagious, and will go ballistic.

    All one has to do to nullify that argument is to point to the stats on how many HETERO couples produce gay offspring.

    No contest there :)

  • SarahH

    “Inching” might be too generous. Perhaps a comparison to glaciers (not the melting ones though) would be more apt.

  • Shannon Vaughn

    All one has to do to nullify that argument is to point to the stats on how many HETERO couples produce gay offspring.

    Yes, but we all know that it’s impossible to nullify the fundamentalists’ arguments against gay adoption/marriage, etc. with DATA; they have the bible on their side, and to them, that is the only information they need. Many studies have now shown that being gay has at least some genetic component and is not a choice, but yet they continue to claim that it is not only a choice, but “curable,” if one has enough faith.

    I would like to pose this question to one of those folks: Given the way homosexuals have been treated throughout history; given that, even now, when it’s more accepted in this country than ever before but gays continue to be denied basic civil rights and still risk being beaten or killed for their sexual orientation, why the hell would anyone choose it if that isn’t who they really are?

    Finally, I don’t have data on this, but in my limited anecdotal experience as a teacher, having had students who were being raised by gay couples, I can say that they are some of the most involved parents I have ever seen.

  • AxeGrrl

    Shannon Vaughn wrote:

    Finally, I don’t have data on this, but in my limited anecdotal experience as a teacher, having had students who were being raised by gay couples, I can say that they are some of the most involved parents I have ever seen.

    If people want to see a really good documentary showing gay families/gay couples with children, I’d highly recommend ‘All Aboard! Rosie’s Family Cruise’ ~ and don’t worry, if you’re not an O’Donnell fan, she’s barely in it; the families are the focus of the docu……

    For anyone who thinks that gay unions don’t produce ‘well-adjusted’ kids, watch this documentary and tell me if you still feel that way afterwards ~ the children (especially the teens) are thoughtful, articulate and wise beyond their years.

    And as you suggested Shannon, the gay parents in this docu are extremely ‘involved’….perhaps it has something to do with the fact that same-sex couples have to fight so much more to have what straight couples just take for granted.

  • medussa

    I would suggest the involvement of gay parents in the lives of their children compared to the involvement of straight couples has a lot to do with the fact that no gay couple has accidentally had a child, or had one before they were ready.
    The children of gay couples know they were wanted and desired. Their parents had to go out and find them, actively seek out the opportunity to have a child, either through adoption or by bringing in a third party to either inseminate or carry the child to term.
    Their existence is not because god wanted them to be, and their parents aren’t together because of a shotgun wedding type situation, and their parents weren’t teenagers when they were conceived.

    All of this is a great start for a kid.


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