Faith at Altitude

Religion and spirituality in the shadow of Pikes Peak

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Second fiddle?

"Church & State," the official publication for the religious watchdog group Americans United for Separation of Church and State, printed a top-10 list of "Religious Right Power Brokers" in its June issue. Springs-based Focus on the Family, featuring a picture of its influential founder James Dobson, was No. 2.

The list was apparently put together using 2005 financial revenue of Focus and other organizations deemed part of the "religious right" by Americans United. Focus, which reported revenue of nearly $138 million last year, was beat out by the Rev. Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network, which took in about $186.5 million. The next closest organization listed -- Coral Ridge Ministries -- came in a distant third with $39 million in revenue.

Focus on the Family probably doesn't care a whit where they ranked in Americans United Top 10. But if they did, they might quibble. Robertson's influence has waned in the wake of some pretty weird statements he's made. Dobson -- despite a widely publicized squabble with SpongeBob SquarePants -- retains political heft.


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