Faith at Altitude

Religion and spirituality in the shadow of Pikes Peak

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Focus on Colorado Springs

Andy Wineke, The Gazette's media reporter, published a host of comments from folks who watched NBC's "The Book of Daniel." All were interesting, but one -- written by David Dahm -- particularly caught my eye:

"I'm glad KOAA had the courage to schedule and show "The Book of Daniel," Dahm writes. "Our viewing habits should not be dictated by the religious right. Again, it's nice to know at least one television station in our area has the moral courage to stand up to the likes of Focus on the Family and others of the extreme far right."

Focus is undoubtedly an influential organization. Its ability to mobilize its constituents is well-known in Washington, D.C., and it is arguably the most prominent evangelical player in national politics today. But Dahm brings up an interesting question: How much influence does this organization carry locally? Does James Dobson steer local politics? Sway local media?


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