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Is Anti-Gay Group "Focus on the Family" Dying as Donations Drop? A Look Back at 7 of Their Strangest and Most Appalling Moves

As donations fall and jobs are cut, are Focus on the Family's days of using gay rights as a wedge issue finished?

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7. Hating Harry Potter:  From a Focus on the Family Web site response about the wildly popular children's books: "Given the trend toward witchcraft and New Age ideology in the larger culture, it's difficult to ignore the effects such stories (albeit imaginary) might have on young, impressionable minds." This is just proof that FOTF has pretty much stood against everything good in the past few decades--especially contrasted with the fact that Dobson is all about Mel Gibson.

With Focus on the Family's long history of political engagement and activism these incidents and issues are the tip of the iceberg. 

But the iceberg may not have a chance to grow much larger. With opinion about gay marriage changing rapidly and opinion about abortion remaining essentially unchanged despite an invigorated anti-choice movement, the culture warriors of FOTF appear to be losing their popular appeal. The changing tide makes one wonder whether the employees who faced layoffs at FOFT won't be the only ones out of a job in the coming years.

Sarah Seltzer is an associate editor at AlterNet, a staff writer at RH Reality Check and a freelance writer based in New York City. Her work has been published in and on the websites of the Nation, the Christian Science Monitor and the Wall Street Journal. Find her at