“We want to see more families like Barack Obama’s.”

Jim Daly--Focus on the Family CEO.jpgWho said it? Not Focus on the Family’s old lion of the religious right, but his successor as CEO, Jim Daly. (Pictured at right in a Denver Post photo.) As the Denver Post reports (via Dan Gilgoff at US News), Daly’s remarks appear to signal an important–and smart–shift:


A few months ago, when the 72-year-old Dobson resigned as chairman of the Focus board, completely surrendering any administrative role over the 1,000-person staff, Daly and the new generation of leaders truly came into their own.

Dobson was no longer the boss, just the voice of the flagship radio broadcast.

When Dobson stepped down, he said a few words on the occasion. And then Daly spoke.

“What we want to see are more families like Barack Obama’s,” Daly said.

“Everybody’s jaw went clunk, including Dr. Dobson’s,” Daly recalled, laughing. “But we can respect what Obama does well. We can focus more on the positive. And I respect his family.”


Daly says he is results-oriented, not an ideologue.

“When those who are right, left and center all say, ‘Let’s make abortion rare,’ let’s meet at that starting point,” Daly said. “Let’s shove off the rhetoric and get together on practical matters.”

In the Post profile, Daly has a couple other jaw-dropping observations:

“I cannot be Dr. Dobson. I’m hoping for a different pair of shoes,” Daly said. “He’s black and white — a scientist. That’s a good thing. He’s provided clarity for the culture. For me, it’s more about having a conversation with people.”



“We’re in a democracy. How do we express Christian ethos in a way that draws people into the discussion?” Daly asked. “We are the church. We have to be more understanding and not expect the world to act like the church. We also don’t accept the church acting like the world.” 

A new day dawning?

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Jim McCrea

posted June 18, 2009 at 3:18 pm

We’ll see if he …. and Focus … walks his talk.
I won’t hold my breath, though.

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posted June 18, 2009 at 3:21 pm

IF he can moderate FOF, and does what he has said above, there might be hope for the RR after all. Time will tell, and as said in the above post, “I won’t hold my breath, though.”

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posted June 18, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Mr Daly ill do well to remeber that a politicians walk matters far more than his talk and that aligning FOF only with on politcal party/faction may not serve his people and their causes well.

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posted June 19, 2009 at 4:48 am

After the persecution which FOF has foisted on us the last several decades, it is more to be expected that he is moderating his tone until the christianists are back in power again.
I don’t trust him or FOF.
Should he be sincere, then we will see some serious push-back in his organization. Otherwise, I classify this with the same level of sincerity as that “revelation” the Mormons had a few years back that Negroes were human after all.
Lies, manipulative lies until proved otherwise.

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posted June 19, 2009 at 9:13 am

Think he’ll invite them over to BBQ?

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posted June 19, 2009 at 11:10 am

Obama speaks from both side of mouth! Limit abortion all the while pumping money world wide for a new generation of slaughter. If he talking, he’s lieing.I can’t wait to see how many babies his new health care reform will save. I’ll bet it will save money, kill em before they are born and there will be no health care cost latter.He just needs to train more baby killers like Tiller. Question of the day, if a man kills humans for sport or money can he be classified as a doctor? So why did they spend years hunting Mengle? Instead of In God We Trust soon it will be lets kill a baby and save a dollar!

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