Conservative evangelical leader James Dobson officially resigned his chairmanship of Focus on the Family earlier this week, according to the Associated Press, but won’t exactly be exiting the spotlight.
Dobson, a 72-year-old child psychologist and author who founded Focus on the Family more than three decades ago, plans to still do his radio show, write a monthly newsletter and speak out on moral issues (read: promote the Republican party agenda), according to the AP report.
Though his more recent political activities have earned him and his organization a divisive reputation, Revolution in Jesusland blogger Zack Exley noted last year how Dobson and FOTF weren’t always associated with spreading political propaganda like the ridiculous anti-Obama “letter from 2012” that circulated before the Nov. 4 election. Exley wrote:
“For years, FOTF was one long, continuous, cheery stream of socially conservative but therapeutically liberal self-help and affirmation. And then suddenly James Dobson started frothing at the mouth. More and more, he crowded out feel-good programs with hysterical anger about things like ‘the Homosexual Agenda!'”
Let’s hope this semi-retirement will help him find his bearings a bit.