Dobson Steps Down From Focus on the Family, Replaced by Real-Life Dr. Strangelove

jesusguns.thumbnail.jpgOnward, Christian soldiers! As Rev. James Dobson steps down as the once-influential crank chairman of the conservative Focus on the Family, he is being replaced by Ret. Airforce Lt. Gen. Patrick P. Caruana,  a recently retired Vice President for Northrop Grumman Space Technology who’s a real life Dr Strangelove.

Along with being an air campaign planner and commander directing strategic forces in Saudi Arabia during the Persian Gulf War and directing long-range power projection, special operations forces airlift, and training programs at the Pentagon,:

[a]s Air Force Space Command’s first 14th Air Force commander [Caruana] directed the Air Force’s only space force which supports warfighting worldwide with ballistic missile warning, control of Department of Defense and NATO satellites, spacelift generation and range operations, global space surveillance and warning, and ballistic missile test operations.

After leaving the Air Force, Caruana worked for TRW and the Northrup Grumman on space-based defense projects. Uber-hawk Caruana is currently on the board of directors for Liquidmetal Technologies which utilizes new alloys in a variety of industrial applications.

Awarded a series of multi-year, multi-million dollar contracts by the Department of Defense, Liquidmetal alloys’ technology is currently being developed for use as a Kinetic Energy Penetrator (KEP) rod…The Department of Defense is working closely with Liquidmetal Technologies to develop a new class of effective and environmentally benign KEP rods. (emphasis mine)

Because its really important to have environmentally benign armor piercing ammunition. Maybe this is sort of an all-over desire for conservative theocons to appear hipper. With regards to Focus on the Family, which is having trouble attracting younger members, Caruana says of Dobson’s leaving the board:

I don’t see any dramatic departure from what Focus stands for. There are obviously younger people the ministry would like to reach, and we’re on track to do that.

Meanwhile, as Caruana carries on in the name of the Prince of Peace, Dobson–who informed the 950 employees of the Colorado Springs, Colo.-based ministry  Friday morning at a weekly worship service of his departure (um so like you have be Xian/must attend worship to work there? Is that legal?)–will continue to host Focus on the Family’s flagship radio program, write a monthly newsletter and speak out on moral issues.

Gary Schneeberger, a Focus on the Family spokesman said Dobson

will continue to speak out as he always has — a private citizen and not a representative of the organization he founded.

The non-profit Focus on the Family created Focus On the Family Action as under a different section of the tax code that permits more political activity. Both will continue to try to affect public policy and to dictate private morality.

In November, 2008 Focus on the Family fired 200 employees–due in a large part their support of  California’s Proposition 8 to the tune of  $539,000 in cash and another $83,000 worth of non-monetary support. It was the third year of lay-offs for the organization which currently operates on a revised $138 million budget.

25 Responses to "Dobson Steps Down From Focus on the Family, Replaced by Real-Life Dr. Strangelove"
Teddy Partridge | Friday February 27, 2009 12:41 pm 1


“For more than 20 years, James Dobson has used his expansive, well-funded media platform to promote defamatory and false information about the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people,” said Neil G. Giuliano, President of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). “As Dobson resigns from his role as chairman, it is important to remember his history of false and defamatory claims about our community. GLAAD urges the media to not allow Dobson to turn today’s news into yet another media platform for him to advance his intolerant divisive attacks on gay and lesbian Americans and their families.”

Teddy Partridge | Friday February 27, 2009 12:45 pm 2

Truth Wins Out:

“James Dobson’s legacy of lies has caused significant pain for gay and lesbian people and their families,” said Wayne Besen, Executive Director of Truth Wins Out. “We hope his departure will eventually signal a shift in tone and end Focus on the Family’s destructive attacks against gay and lesbian Americans.”

“It is time for Focus on the Family to abandon the politics of polarization and choose moderate leaders who are not fixated on culture wars,” said Besen. “This would also be a good time for the organization to consider abandoning its failed ‘ex-gay’ ministry, Love Won Out.”

In Nov. 2008, Truth Wins Out protested Dobson’s selection into the Radio Hall of Fame. In the past two years, TWO has found eight researchers in three countries who say that Dobson has distorted their work. Videos and letters that these scientists sent to Dobson can be viewed at

Teddy Partridge | Friday February 27, 2009 01:06 pm 3


The old man who has spent his adult life trying to turn the U.S. into a theocracy is finally throwing in the towel. I guess after blowing the coffers on Prop 8 and having to lay off staff, it’s time to exit. It’s just a part of the “succession plan” they say.

His wife Shirley is also stepping down from the board.

Mommybrain | Friday February 27, 2009 01:06 pm 4

WHAT a great idea, militarize religion!

macaquerman | Friday February 27, 2009 04:04 pm 5
In response to Mommybrain @ 4

I think it’s been done a couple of times previously.

lokywoky | Friday February 27, 2009 05:45 pm 6

The first time I heard him on the radio it was a short clip on some behavior thing for kids. I thought gee – great thing so parents would have an idea what to do when.

But the more I heard him the more uncomfortable I got with his message.

These last few years – I want to start playing some of that interference noise stuff so no one else could hear him either.

Good riddance!

punaise | Friday February 27, 2009 05:45 pm 7

lock and load, baby!

SouthernDragon | Friday February 27, 2009 05:46 pm 8
In response to Mommybrain @ 4

New Focus on the Family bumper sticker:

Kill a Muslim For Christ

macaquerman | Friday February 27, 2009 05:54 pm 9
In response to SouthernDragon @ 8

Try to focus SD:
Kill a Muslim Family for Chrissake!

KayInMaine | Friday February 27, 2009 05:56 pm 10

Off topic:

LMAO Keith Olbermann just called Michelle Bachmann an ‘android’. Hysterical!

punaise | Friday February 27, 2009 05:56 pm 11
In response to Mommybrain @ 4

well they’ve already religified the military there in Colorado Springs.

SouthernDragon | Friday February 27, 2009 05:59 pm 12
In response to punaise @ 11

Man, is the Air Farce Academy a piece of work, or what?

SouthernDragon | Friday February 27, 2009 06:03 pm 13
In response to macaquerman @ 9

markfromireland and mohammed ibn laith will prolly give me an earful as it is.

macaquerman | Friday February 27, 2009 06:09 pm 14
In response to SouthernDragon @ 13

Well, haunt ‘em if they can’t take a joke.

SouthernDragon | Friday February 27, 2009 06:12 pm 15
In response to macaquerman @ 14

I may be old but I ain’t dead yet. *g*

Hugh | Friday February 27, 2009 06:14 pm 16

You can always tell the American Taliban from the original Taliban. They have shinier weapons.

lancelotlink | Friday February 27, 2009 06:18 pm 17

Something tells me the teachings of Jesus (especially Matthew 5:9) are not going to be a priority.

macaquerman | Friday February 27, 2009 06:30 pm 18
In response to SouthernDragon @ 15

Well, Don’t be rushing off on my account.
I was much impressed by your “mission statement” and want you to run long and hard before you get to part two.

AZ Matt | Friday February 27, 2009 06:37 pm 19
In response to punaise @ 11

They can model Focus on this group: Aggressive Christianity Missionary Training Corps

1watt | Friday February 27, 2009 07:41 pm 20

Ever wonder why those nukes went from Minot to LA?

Hokuto | Friday February 27, 2009 08:32 pm 21

“Because its really important to have environmentally benign armor piercing ammunition”

–sounds to me like a tacit admission that the depleted uranium darts and bullets currently used *aren’t* so environmentally benign as they claim.

Lisa Derrick | Saturday February 28, 2009 07:46 am 22
In response to Hokuto @ 21

Exactly. Liquidmetal says that depleted uranium tips naturally stays sharp, but in ballistics tests their alloys do just as well. The idea that we use DU in weapons sickens me further.

Kathryn in MA | Saturday February 28, 2009 09:19 am 23

TRW and Northrup Grummon weaponizing space – hmmmm, wonder if they ever tested those weapons? on 9/11? Rumsfeld and permission from owner who was facing asbestos issues? Star Wars Directed Energy Weapons Crazier things have happened.

PierceNichols | Saturday February 28, 2009 03:30 pm 24
In response to Kathryn in MA @ 23

Space Command deals primarily with things like GPS and spy-sats — stuff that the US military depends on to operate. Therefore, organizing under its own command is a reasonable thing to do. The DoD does have some directed energy weapons (mostly developed in the past eight years), but none of those are space-based, nor is there any reasonable possibility that they might be in the foreseeable future. Directed-energy weapons are both heavy and energy intensive — two things that spacecraft are intolerant of for a variety of engineering reasons that are on only marginal relevance. Also, no directed energy weapons ever demonstrated can put even a very small fraction as much energy on target as a fully-loaded 767.

Airpower | Saturday February 28, 2009 06:43 pm 25

Lt Gen Caruana (Ret.) was my wing commander at Kadena in the mid-80s. I just lost all respect for the man.

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