Soulforce Launches Ongoing Civil Disobedience Campaign at Focus on the Family Headquarters
At approximately 1:30 p.m. on February 19, 2007, Dotti Berry and Robynne Sapp of Blaine, Washington were arrested and removed from Focus on the Family headquarters in police custody. The couple entered the building earlier in the day and refused to leave until the organization's founder, James Dobson, takes a step toward reconciliation with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities by ceasing his misleading statements about research on lesbian and gay parents.
"I am here today because I believed Dr. Dobson's teachings for many years, and it almost led to my suicide. My healing came from my acceptance of myself and my acceptance that God loves me exactly as I am," said Sapp. Sapp and Berry have toured Focus on the Family twice before to dialogue with visitors and staff about LGBT individuals and families.
Dobson has consistently misrepresented LGBT families with misleading references to social science research. In recent months, several social scientists -- including Dr. Carol Gilligan of New York University and Dr. Kyle Pruett of Yale -- have publicly rebuked him for mischaracterizing their research conclusions. (For a video of Dr. Judith Stacey claiming Focus on the Family distorted her research, click here.)
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The Focus on the Facts campaign is coordinated by Soulforce, a national LGBT social justice organization founded on principles of nonviolence. For more than a decade, members and allies of Soulforce have confronted Focus on the Family's anti-gay rhetoric and publicized its harmful impact on the lives of individuals, parents, and children.
To read Dotti and Robynne's report click here.
Update: a comment to this post from Christopher Hubble repeated here;
Video footage of Dotti Berry's and Robynne Sapp's "Sit-In" yesterday in Colorado Springs...
"Focus on the Facts" Campaign Organizer
and I will add a link for his books: http://www.hubblebooks.com/
Love provides an affirmation, no room to hate, and a clear view of truth. A very big welcome and thank you Christopher and others in Colorado for what you do, it is the good fight.