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    Focus on the Family faces 'serious' shortfall

    By ERIC GORSKI AP Religion Writer

    Posted: 08/11/2009 06:57:25 PM MDT
    Updated: 08/12/2009 02:23:38 PM MDT

    DENVER—A "serious budget shortfall" at Focus on the Family has prompted the conservative Christian group to issue a special fundraising plea, and contributed to a decision to cede control of its contentious "Love Won Out" conferences about homosexuality to another religious organization, a spokesman said Tuesday. Focus on the Family, founded by child psychologist James Dobson, is on pace to fall $6 million short of a $138 million budget for the fiscal year that began last October, spokesman Gary Schneeberger said.

    Jim Daly, president and CEO of the Colorado Springs, Colo.-based evangelical ministry, explained the challenges in a letter to approximately 800,000 donors.

    "Right now we're facing a serious budget shortfall that threatens our ability to reach out to parents, families and married couples who count on our help," Daly wrote. "Income is down nearly $6 million from what we expected and planned for this year. I want to assure you that we're committed to good stewardship AND living within our means, just as so many families are today."

    Focus on the Family also announced Tuesday it would no longer stage "Love Won Out" conferences across the country. The events drew both participants and picketers for their promise to "help men and women dissatisfied with living homosexually understand that same-sex attractions can be overcome."

    The events will go on, instead staged by Orlando, Fla.-based Exodus International, a network of ministries whose core message is "Freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ."


    Schneeberger said it made strategic sense for Exodus, which is expanding its work with churches, to take over the conferences starting in November.

    "Financial realities played a role in the decision," he said. "That said, Exodus is really the one who should be running 'Love Won Out' anyway. It makes sense independent of economic realities," he said.

    Gay rights groups have long criticized such initiatives as harmful. The American Psychological Association last week said mental health professionals should not tell gay clients they can become straight through therapy or other treatments. The group also endorsed approaches "that integrate concepts from the psychology of religion and the modern psychology of sexual orientation."

    Schneeberger said that one staff position will be eliminated and that other financial steps are under discussion. Last fall, budget problems prompted Focus on the Family to eliminate more than 200 positions.

    Focus on the Family faces 'serious' shortfall - The Denver Post

    As Dan Savage noted:
    Hm... Focus on the Family unloading "Love Won Out"? The timing of that move is a little suspicious. You may recall that the head of Exodus International, the group that FOF is tossing "Love Won Out" to, recently admitted that—after 20 years of trying—he's still not straight.
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    ....and nothing of value was lost.

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    Well, that's one silver lining for this recession.

    Focus on the Family also announced Tuesday it would no longer stage "Love Won Out" conferences across the country. The events drew both participants and picketers for their promise to "help men and women dissatisfied with living homosexually understand that same-sex attractions can be overcome.
    Some people should just focus on their own families.

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