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Hate crimes amendment scheduled for vote; Christian groups oppose law as...

** Updated** The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act passed the House by a wide margin in the spring. Debate included a rousing short speech...

Early Bird Special: Jackson’s death could cost Anschutz some big bucks

Here’s our daily roundup of some of the news around Colorado that caught our attention: • Denver billionaire Phil Anschutz could take a serious bath...

Antiabortion protesters jailed over protest at Focus on the Family

The longstanding feud between hard-line abortion foes American Right to Life Action and Focus on the Family founder James Dobson came to a head in a Colorado Springs courtroom Thursday. Rev. Bob Enyart, a pastor at Denver Bible Church who proudly refers to himself as “America’s most popular self-proclaimed right-wing, religious fanatic, homophobic, anti-choice talk show host” was sentenced to nine days in the city pokey after refusing to pay a $400 fine for trespassing on the Focus campus.

Dobson on Bush: Greatest president or greatest president ever?

Exhorting the eminence of former President George W. Bush, Focus on the Family's James Dobson and its new lobbyist Tim Goeglein, who left the White House as a disgraced former aide to Karl Rove, waxed rhapsodic for the better part of 90 minutes on the radio about the former Leader of the Free World's morality, faith and championing of the antiabortion culture wars. The stunning three-part "Insider View of the Bush Presidency" discussion culminated today on Focus on the Family's Daily Broadcast and drew sharp, if unspoken, contrasts with a morally-lacking President Barack Obama.

Dobson’s claim hate-crime laws would protect pedophiles a ‘Pants on Fire’...

It didn't work to call Matthew Shepard's murder "a hoax," so opponents of federal hate-crimes legislation are trying a new tactic: claiming the Local...

‘Joe the Plumber’ on Dobson, ‘queers’ and GOP rebranding

Conservative movement pitchman Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe the Plumber, continues his rather controversial revisionist American history tour with free-wheeling remarks invoking states rights and the Biblical origins of the U.S. Constitution. In an interview published in Christianity Today, Joe the Plumber opines on politics and GOP rebranding efforts while professing his love for James Dobson and slurring "queers" whom he won't let near his children.

IRS dallies on ruling over conservative ‘Pulpit Freedom Day’ protest

Churches egged on by the Alliance Defense Fund to violate federal law that prohibits tax-exempt churches from endorsing or opposing political candidates are still waiting to learn if their civil disobedience will matter.

Church-state watchdog greets Dobson resignation from Focus with a shrug

Focus on the Family figurehead James Dobson's resignation as chairman of the evangelical empire he founded is "unlikely to make much of a difference" in the conservative organization's operations, the executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State said Friday. “Focus on the Family is merely rearranging the deck chairs on its big, intolerant ship," the Rev. Barry W. Lynn said in a statement.

Dobson resigns as chairman of Focus on the Family

James Dobson, the 72-year-old founder of the Colorado Springs-based evangelical empire Focus on the Family, is stepping down as chairman of the organization, the Associated Press reports:

Help wanted: Top evangelical lobbyist, message discipline a must

National Association of Evangelicals is in the market for a new top lobbyist, according to The Christian Post. The job description includes a very unusual qualification for a lobbying gig … sincerity: