On Saturday, November 8, the Museum of Broadcast Communications will induct eight nominees, chosen by an online balloting process, into the National Radio Hall of Fame.
Among those honored is Dr. James Dobson's Focus on the Family ministry. The daily radio program is broadcast on more than 1,000 stations across the United States, according to the organization's own site.
Dobson is an evangelical Christian whose conservative views on theology and politics have caused significant controversy in the past. He has stated that, while women are not inferior to men, they do have a biblically-mandated gender role. He supports student-led prayer in public schools and advocates spanking children up to eight years old.
Dobson is perhaps best known though for his anti-homosexual remarks and for his claims that homosexuality can be "overcome." In 2004, Dobson told The Daily Oklahoman, "Homosexuals are not monogamous. They want to destroy the institution of marriage. It will destroy marriage. It will destroy the Earth."
GLBT-rights groups like Truth Wins Out and Gay Liberation Network have spoken out against Dobson's induction and have even set up a website (http://www.dumpdobson.com/). Bruce DuMont, the NRHoF chairman, released a statement in response: "A broadcaster's political, social or religious views never are considered when deciding to include or exclude a candidate. Likewise, the National Radio Hall of Fame does not endorse or support the views voiced by any nominee or inductee on the air or via any other platform."
Jason Heidemann of the TOC Blog counters: "If Dobson were picking on another minoritylet's say he were accusing Jews or Blacks of destroying the earthwould the Radio Hall of Fame still induct him? Is there no standard for an inductee aside from the number of public votes cast?"
The Dump Dobson Coalition has organized a protest for Saturday, November 8, outside the Renaissance Chicago Hotel, where the induction ceremony will take place.
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