I'm also up for nominating James Dobson for the fundie fraud Hall of Shame, but this will do for now.
Wayne Besen of Truth Wins Out has kicked off a drive to ensure that the mastermind behind Focus on the Anus will not being honored with a place in the Radio Hall of Fame by the Museum of Broadcast Communications.
The Museum of Broadcast Communications nominated the anti-gay leader even though Dobson has been accused of distorting research and smearing gay and lesbian people for political gain. For example, Dobson told The Daily Oklahoman on Oct. 23, 2004, "Homosexuals are not monogamous. They want to destroy the institution of marriage. It will destroy marriage. It will destroy the Earth."
"It is outrageous and insulting that James Dobson would be nominated for the Radio Hall of Fame," said Truth Wins Out Executive Director Wayne Besen. "We believe that character counts and nominees should have careers based on honesty and integrity - not discrimination, distorting research and outright lying."
"Incredibly, the Museum of Broadcast Communications has also nominated Dr. Laura Schlessinger to its Radio Hall of Fame and Rush Limbaugh was inducted in 1993. The pattern is clear."
To fight back against this offensive decision, TWO strongly urges fair-minded people to take three actions. First, sign TWO's formal request to have James Dobson removed from consideration. Second, contact Museum of Broadcast Communications CEO Bruce DuMont directly, firstname.lastname@example.org, to express your displeasure. Third, as an option, vote for nominees other than James Dobson or Laura Schlessinger (the general public may vote, and the other nominees are Bob Costas and Howard Stern). It is urgent to act now, as voting comes to a close on July 15.
Wayne also notes that anti-gay organizations are Dobson's cash cow; in addition to Focus satellite organizations around the country, he founded a pray-away-the-gay ministry, Love Won Out, and promotes therapies and theories thoroughly rejected by every respected medical and mental health association in America.
Sign the letter.