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Focus On The Family Attacks Tim Gill’s Activism

June 28th, 2008 | by Daniel DiRito |

Did you know that Tim Gill is a homosexual activist who operates under the radar as a stealth politico intent on changing the political landscape and adding the scalps of God fearing Christians to his belt? This latest video offering from Focus on the Family’s Turn Signal has to be one of their most transparent attempts to pander to their followers by portraying gay activism as a sinister effort to undermine conservative family values.

As I watched this video, I couldn’t help but think back to my days in commercial real estate. OK, I’m sure you’re wondering how in the hell is this related to the FOF video? Stay with me. After spending fourteen years in the business, I honed my skills at spotting tenants who were manipulative and on the precipice of having financial problems. One of the tell-tale signals was a sudden surge in complaints about their space…the AC wasn’t working right, the janitorial staff was doing a lousy job, the tenant next door was too loud, and on and on.

Generally speaking, the strategy was to go on the offensive and portray oneself as a victim in anticipation of lacking the wherewithal to pay the rent or fulfill the remaining term of one’s lease. When I first started in the business, these tenants had me standing on my head trying to please them, but over time I realized that more often than not, their complaints had nothing to do with me or the service our company was providing. It was simply the strategy of a cash strapped tenant to create mitigating circumstances for the moment when they were unable to pay rent…and their ultimate goal usually included being let out of their lease.

That brings me back to Focus on the Family and this video segment. First, Focus on the Family is far from bankrupt; having total receipts in excess of 140 million dollars each of the last three years. However, when one looks more closely, the arm of the organization that funds political activities, Focus Action, has seen a steady decline in revenues over the last three years.

In 2005, total receipts were just over 25 million with 6.84 million coming from direct public support…in 2006, total receipts were 15.16 million with 6.75 million coming from direct public support…and in 2007 total receipts were 9.8 million with 5.16 coming from direct public support.

Again, this is still a healthy amount of money and I’m not inferring that Focus Action is financially unsound. The point I’m making is that this video reminds me of the strategic smokescreens I witnessed in commercial real estate. In other words, the message to the followers (benefactors) is that the big bad gay bogeyman, who has a boat load of cash, is surreptitiously bankrolling the defeat of countless Christian conservatives, and unless the folks at FOF ante up, it’s only going to get worse.

The powers that be at Focus know that the best way to milk the cash cow is to yank the collective chain of the misinformed minions…and nothing works better than questioning the veracity of the enemy while portraying oneself as the righteous victim. Look at the language they utilize in describing Gill and his efforts…flying under the radar…stacking the deck…he targeted 70 conservative candidates…here’s how it works…his wealthy homosexual activist friends…control his image…what this man is up to. Clearly the goal is to make the viewer aware of Gill wealth…but even more importantly to make the viewer believe that he is deceptive and manipulative.

The truth of the matter is that Gill is a well-known figure on the political front and as an activist for the LGBT community. His activities are routinely reported in Colorado and in the national media and his organization is visible and accessible. Unlike James Dobson, Gill doesn’t seek the spotlight. The truth of the matter is that reflects more on Dobson’s motivations and modus operandi than upon Gill’s. I suspect that’s an irritation to Dobson’s ego and all the more reason to vilify Gill.

The point I’m making is that men like Dobson are always aware of their waning influence and wherewithal…and that leads them to strike out like a cat backed into a corner. I could be wrong, but given Dobson’s recent attacks on Barack Obama, his certain awareness that many in the religious community may vote Democratic in November, and the growing shift in the causes of interest to many up and coming religious leaders (causes of little interest to establishment evangelicals like poverty and climate change), I suspect he feels his kingdom is being threatened.

Then again, I would think a man of Dobson’s faith would be focused on the blessings of the afterlife he so frequently espouses. In the end, it isn’t that difficult to identify and understand the relevant contrasts and distinctive differences between Tim Gill and James Dobson. It’s sure funny how actions speak louder than words, isn’t is?

Cross-posted at Thought Theater

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  1. 2 Responses to “Focus On The Family Attacks Tim Gill’s Activism”

  2. By Mateo Giovanni on Jun 28, 2008 | Reply

    Each to their own is the way it should be. Everyone has Inalienable Rights. I don’t have a problem with anyone; as long as they don’t have a problem with me.

    These Games played in the “Arena” of life; are created by Power Broker’s. They make these games because in their eyes, and words,”We are pond scum playing in Their sand box”! We need to put differences aside, and come together united as people of the world!

    Peace and Freedom

  3. By Raffi Shahinian on Jun 30, 2008 | Reply

    Good stuff. I’ve also tackled the Obama/Dobson issue today. Thought you might be interested.

    Grace and Peace,
    Raffi Shahinian
    Parables of a Prodigal World

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