Currently, many things are going on in the life of Copache.
- Grandmother died mere minutes ago.
- Mother got money on Friday.
- Mother ended up with a $3000 hospital bill on Saturday.
- Copache is adopted, and his biological mother lied about him on Monday.
But strangely, even with all of our problems, that’s not what this entry is about. If you can read and have read the title, you should know what comes next, and why the title ends in failure.
My mother listens to the radio show Focus on the Family featuring James Dobson in the mornings whilst she makes her 30-mi. trek to the elementary school where she works. During the time that my nephew, 12, went to said elementary school (he now goes locally), he also listened to — and enjoyed — Focus on the Family.
I’ve been wanting to tackle Focus on the Family all day long, but just now got the courage to actually go for it. With Wikipedia statistics such as…
Focus on the Family reaches 220 million listeners daily, on over 7,000 stations in 160 countries.
… one can see why this is a group one would absolutely not want to fuck with. This blog has gotten near one hundred hits in three days. They get 220 million every day.
Clearly, not a small organization, and much more influential than other Christian/creationist conservative “think tanks” like the Disco ‘tute. In fact, some of what they do had me laughing out loud earlier. You don’t think I’m serious? Here’s a gem from their Wikipedia entry:
Focus on the Family has been a prominent supporter of intelligent design, publishing pro-intelligent design articles in its Citizen magazine and selling intelligent design videos on its website. Focus on the Family co-published the intelligent design videotape Unlocking the Mystery of Life with the Discovery Institute, hub of the intelligent design movement. Focus on the Family employee Mark Hartwig is also a fellow of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, a connection which has helped to publicize intelligent design extensively; James Dobson often features intelligent design proponents on his Focus on the Family radio program. Focus on the Family’s Family.org is a significant online resource for intelligent design articles.
Heh, call me crazy but… Focus on the Family is not just a speculated but a confirmed Christian group. Yet they publish articles, work with intelligent design groups like the awkwardly named Center for “Science” and Culture which is tied to… you guessed it… the Disco ‘tute.
How is it that they can claim to be a center for Science (and culture, no less, two things which hate each other) and promote something that the scientific community calls pseudo-science? Yeah, something is wrong.
I think it’s safe to say that this nonsense needs to stop. You want to Focus on the Family, you have to focus on the failure. They claim to focus on the family, but what we really see is that their focus is on the anti-homosexual, anti-evolution, and pro-neo-creationism agendas.
There’s one thing that the creationists have yet to explain that would provide a slightly compelling case against evolution: their yearly flu shot. We humans require a yearly flu shot because the flu evolves year-to-year, but they want to sweep that under the rug and call it micro-evolution and dispute what they refer to as macro-evolution, when in reality they’re the same thing. This supposed micro-evolution is ironically the same thing that leads to what they refer to macro-evolution: small changes over a long period of time.
Sorry about divulging into more neo-creationism nonsense, but Focus on the Family wants the focus to be on what they want, and not what is, in fact, best for my family, your family, or their own family.
How about we focus on loving each other as well as telling children where they really come from, and no, I’m not speaking of god, I’m talking about evolution. Tell them where the universe really came from: the big bang.
Maybe I’m a bit biased, but I came from a Focus on the Family type of family, so I know that in the long run I have been done more harm than good.