Evangelical leader James Dobson again finds himself at the center of a scandal.
No, he hasn’t blasted Barack Obama‘s “fruitcake” interpretation of the Bible or constitution. In fact, this controversy doesn’t directly involve Dobson. Rather, it’s the Museum of Broadcast Communications who’s to blame.
As they do every year, the Museum has released its the nominees for the not-so-coveted Radio Hall of Fame, and included Dobson, whose Focus On The Family radio show touts conservative policies. And the gays aren’t feeling it…
Non-profit group Truth Wins Out definitely isn’t happy about the potential Dobson honor and have started a petition urging the Museum to turn their backs on the hate-mongering radio host. Reads the petition:
[Dobson] has said that allowing gay people to marry will “destroy the earth.” Focus on the Family hosts the nation’s largest so-called “ex-gay” conference – where they claim to convert homosexuals.
Dobson has also been accused by seven researchers in two years of twisting their work to promote his anti-gay political agenda. Clearly, Dobson lacks the character and integrity to be considered for the Radio Hall of Fame.
While that may be true, the Hall of Fame’s selection criteria don’t address personal politics, just the nominee’s merit and career trajectory. For example, Dobson could fit this criteria: “A broadcaster who has given at least 20 years of dedicated service to the radio industry and has been a leader in developing or improving radio programming at the national level.”
Alright, “improving” remains subjective, but Dobson definitely counts as a pioneer – he started his first Focus radio broadcast in 1977 and currently reaches about 220 million people in 164 countries. That’s certainly awe-worthy and we bet people would admire him if he weren’t such a lowdown dirty bastard. Whether his occupational accomplishments deserve remains a question.
We just rang the Museum and, after explaining ourselves, were told there are no press representatives who can answer our simple question: “Are political stances considering in the nomination process?” We’ll let you know if our email requests are answered.
In the meantime, what do you think: should personal beliefs be considered when honoring a person’s influence or “dedicated,” “distinguished” career?