On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

So, now it’s not fashionable to support Dr. James Dobson’s “Focus on the Family?”

In case you haven’t been paying attention, now it’s not fashionable to support Focus on the Family.

Blake Mycoskie

That’s the message from TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie. Following criticism from liberal fashionistas, he has assured the politically correct that he certainly isn’t tolerant of Dr. James Dodson.


Apparently the cultural diversity Mycoskie envisions for America does not include the millions of Focus on the Family supporters who might buy his shoes.

According to the internet news site The Blaze:

“Following media criticism, TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie has released a statement apologizing for speaking at an event with Focus on the Family about “faith in action.“ He used the release to make sure people know that his appearance was a mistake and that he and his company support ”equal human and civil rights for all.”

And, he drove home the fact that Focus on the Family will not be affiliated with his “One for One” movement giving shoes to children in developing countries:

“Had I known the full extent of Focus on the Family’s beliefs, I would not have accepted the invitation to speak at their event. It was an oversight on my part and the company’s part and one we regret. In the last 18 months we have presented at over 70 different engagements and we do our best to make sure we choose our engagements wisely, on this one we chose poorly.


“Furthermore, contrary to what has been reported, Focus on the Family is not a TOMS giving partner.

“So there is no misunderstanding created by this mistake, let me clearly state that both TOMS, and I as the founder, are passionate believers in equal human and civil rights for all. That belief is a core value of the company and of which we are most proud.”

“What has been reported” apparently refers to a recent article in Christianity Today that suggested Focus on the Family might be “working to become a TOMS international distributor in Africa.”

Following the event announcement and Christianity Today’s article, Ms. magazine organized a petition through asking TOMS to cut ties with “the notorious extreme right-wing, anti-gay, anti-choice, anti-woman fundamentalist Christian group Focus on the Family.”

And now, Mycoskie has done exactly that.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jim Dottson

    Well done TOMS shoes!

  • http://ShameOnTomsShoes Charlie

    Focus on The Family presents the word of God as The Bible represents. Tom’s shoes Mycoskie is taking a worldly approach and attitude toward the word of God.
    Shame on Blake.
    As The Bible states, a time will come when that that is good will be called bad and that which is bad will be called good.
    It sure looks like we’ve reached that point in time.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Cathy

    Thanks TOMS, for sticking to real American values. Equal rights for all!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Sue Bentley

    It is soo sad to me that we ask companies to take a stand on religious and social issues so that we can take shots at them. Blake is between a rock and a hard place, but I believe he made the wrong choice.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Pastor Sharon

    It’s a true shame when people follow society and self instead of God. Abortion is the murder of an innocent, helpless unborn child, and God is pleased when we defend them and speak out for them. Murder in the name of equality? I don’t think so. And neither does God.

  • http://ShameonTom Susan

    I was a contributor to Tom’S Shoes Pregram. And while Mr.Mycoskie’s program is wonderful, I regret that I will have to find another charity which to donate. Focus on the Family promotes God’s principles which always override the social morays of the day…

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Abambagibus

    In my rational opinion, the ultimate cause of this effect is the spiritual virus of a primordial materialism which infects its unwitting victims with the belief that the matter of the world is the only thing that ultimately matters. While the secular realm reigns on us all with the watery medium of its infection, may the Grace of the Spirit keep a few of us dry. Consider the underlying message of Christ by way of Matthew. Scilicet Ab Ambagibus.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Janice Newberry

    Blake Mycoskie’s God given rights have been violated. No one has the right to force another into submission by bullying or scare tactics. Mr. Mycoskie is a product of a society that falls for anything and stands for nothing. We have allowed values and morals to be replaced by political correctness. Politically correct is a scare tactic that paralyzes and terrifies people like Mr. Mycoskie because of fear of reprisal. Blake Mycoskie of TOMS Shoes chose to publically denounce Focus on the Family, but in truth, he denounced GOD. To believe in God means you believe and accept everything about Him. If not, you believe in a god that does not exist.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment pat

    Well i wrote one before this but it got put away,maybe you will see it,but the one thing I know Tom was choosen to help the children,but it was God who gave him the ablity to do that,one thing more/ that when you support the politicaly correct is just beliveing a lie,or to stand for another generation coming into power for God’s sake don’t forget who made this country, and bulit on spritual priniciples,i love the people who want eagel rights,but Adam can’t give even what hw needs in the spritual. Now God knows the truth,abd say’s They might get thier rights,but God say’s tjey are in spritual darkness, but He can be the only one who can quicken the heart (that God put His heart he made them) for you and them to bow to Him alone. I know this for a fact but until you experince The Living God you are of world of self. you know SIN(self induced nonense) God spells (GOOD ORDELY DIRECTION) SO THAT’S IT.ABOUT FOcus ON THE FAMILY IS REALLY A GOOD PROGRAM,nOW WHAT i BELIEVE,IS IF YOU DON’T STAND FOR YOUR RIGHTS(SPRITUALLY) YOU WILL FALL FOR ANYTHING) tHAT’S MY STORY AND i AM STICKING TO IT BY GOD’S AMAZING GRACE. GOD DON’T MAKE NO JUNK.THANKS FOR BELIEIF FOR LETTING US GIVE OUR OPION. YOYR THOUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST) PAT

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Geoff

    First: It’s Dr. James Dobson, not Dodson. However, to the substance of the article: It is really scary how the liberal left which cries out for tolerance is especially intolerant of those who disagree with them. Yes, as Christians we believe that God’s parameter for a healthy family exists in the context of a father and mother. How does that make us evil? We believe that God wants the best for all human beings and by His grace we can find that best by following the principles in His Word. When discover that truth – we are made free – and are free to really live!

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