Washington Post reporter Jacquiline Salmon's interview with Jim Daly of Focus on the Family, may present a radical shift in tone for the organization. The interview's worth reading and future developments are worth watching - and I mean that in the most hopeful sense. Personally, I didn't like the sectarian bent the organization was taking. And while it may not change totally, this seems to be much more refreshing attitude. Perhaps there can be an even more radical attitude like, "We don't have to agree totally, but we can be civil and respect one another"?
At least this appears to be a start in that direction. Let's wait and see...
Here's an exerpt from the Q & A:
"Below is my interview with Jim Daly, president and chief executive officer of Focus on the Family in February. Daly was in Washington, D.C., to participate in President Obama's conference on fatherhood at the White House. Focus on the Family, a Colorado-Springs Christian mega ministry founded by child psychologist James Dobson, has become one of the standard bearers of the conservative movement."
"Daly, 47, steps in as the public face of the organization, replacing James Dobson, the outspoken chairman who stepped down in February, although Dobson will keep his radio show and speak out on issues. Daly has been at Focus on the Family since 1989 and has headed Focus on the Family's international field director for Australia, Africa and Asia."
What did you think of the fatherhood presentation this afternoon?
It was outstanding. There wasn't anything lacking in the president's presentation. He reaffirmed the importance of fathering and the damage done when fathers are lacking in the home. And it's something that is core to Focus on the Family as well. Thought it was gracious for the White House to extend an invitation to Focus on the Family. We're certainly going to have enough areas to disagree on certain policies. But one of the things I want to do as president of Focus is when there is common ground that , we can pull together and say, "This is good. This is a good thing." And personally, I am 47, like the president. I also didn't have a father. So I can identify with what he describes as that hole in your heart. Anything we can do to help kids fill that void, I applaud. It's something we're trying to do every day at Focus and I think it's wonderful for the government to also lend its support in that way.
You can read the entire interview here.