Outbreak

Homophobic ‘Focus on the Family’ is latest COVID hotspot

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Notoriously homophobic institution Focus on the Family has just landed itself on a list of Colorado’s sites of COVID-19 outbreaks.

Westworld reports the Colorado Springs-based “ministry” joined the Colorado Springs Police Department, Battle Mountain High School and the Adams County Cracker Barrell on Colorado’s list of COVID-19 hotspots. Health department officials recorded three confirmed staff cases with one more possible infection last Friday (August 21), landing Focus on the Family in the #10 spot in the top 20 outbreak hotspots in the state.

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Overall, cases of COVID-19 have remained low in recent weeks in Colorado. The ministry’s website–which fails to mention the recent outbreak at company headquarters–features a series of articles addressing the coronavirus pandemic. Among them: “Taking Positive Steps in Your Marriage,” which offers counsel to couples experiencing relationship tension; “Supporting Birth Mothers During the Coronavirus,” an anti-abortion polemic; and “Grief During COVID-19: We’re Isolated, but Not Abandoned,” which advises prayer and faith to cope with the mental strain of the pandemic. The site also features a prominent essay by organization president Jim Daly lamenting same-sex couples raising children, the advent of birth control and advances in in-vitro fertilization.

Founded by James Dobson in 1977, Focus on the Family has made a reputation for promoting a fundamentalist Christian view of marriage and family. With that has come a glut of homophobia, opposing marriage equality, domestic partnerships, adoption by same-sex couples and workplace protections against queer people. The ministry also has attracted wide criticism for misrepresentation of research in an attempt to prove LGBTQ people cannot make good parents or have healthy relationships and promoted conversion therapy as a successful way to “treat” homosexuality.