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Soulforce Confronts Untruths of James Dobson on May 1, 2005 in Colorado Springs with documented evidence of false claims and untruths perpetuated by Focus on the Family and Dobson’s anti-gay, anti-family rhetoric

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Dr. James Dobson and his organization, Focus on the Family, a right wing political/religious organization, are two of the biggest sources of misinformation in the nation about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, couples, and families. Dobson’s untruths flow from his vast media network, including radio, books, videos, and films, as well as fax and email lists numbering in the thousands.

False claims by Dobson misinform millions of people daily, perpetuating unfounded fear and spiritual violence. Dobson states that LGBT people are out to destroy marriage and the family, yet he refuses to acknowledge that many LGBT couples have been together in committed relationships for decades. While making a myriad of unsubstantiated claims, he works to prevent LGBT couples who desire to form legal partnerships from doing so, thus also denying legal protections for their children. Additionally, his political influence in Congress is unmatched, and he has almost unfettered access to the White House.

Because of this, Soulforce, a national interfaith movement whose purpose is "freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression," has extensively researched the false claims and untruths of James Dobson, and will be confronting these untruths directly in Colorado Springs on May 1, 2005. I will be attending this event, as well.

Contained in this packet you will find the following information:

1. Soulforce National Press Release, dated February 23, 2005: SOULFORCE LEADS DIRECT ACTION TO CONFRONT FOCUS ON THE FAMILY AND JAMES DOBSON, SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2005 IN COLORADO SPRINGS

2. The booklet, "A FALSE FOCUS ON MY FAMILY: Why every person of faith should be deeply troubled by Dr. James Dobson’s dangerous and misleading words about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community"

3. An Interview with Mel White, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Soulforce, Inc. regarding James Dobson

4. A news blurb and flyer about the May 1 event

I hope you find this information useful in writing an article about this event and the untruths perpetuated by James Dobson. More information is available at www.soulforce.org.

If you have any questions, feel free to call the Soulforce Director of Public Relations and Media at 717-278-0592. Or you can call me at XXX-XXX-XXXX. I will be following up with you regarding this information in the next week or so if I do not hear from you.

Thank you for your time and coverage of this important event and controversial issue.

Sincerely,

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