Focus on the Family, one of those awful “pro-family” organizations, is laying off 202 workers, according to The Advocate.
Focus on the Family will eliminate 202 jobs, making it the biggest layoff in the history of James Dobson’s Christian ministry based in Colorado Springs. The non-profit’s budget has been adjusted from $160 million in the 2008 fiscal year down to $138 million, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.
The cuts were made after a fall in donations, and officials expect finances to fall even harder between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Coincidentally, layoffs were announced just after California voters passed Prop. 8, banning marriage between same-sex couples. Focus on the Family contributed a total $622,000 of non-monetary support to pass California’s marriage ban, making it the seventh-largest donor in the country for the cause, according to the Colorado Independent.
Fifty three vacant positions will not be filled, and 149 employees will be laid off, bringing the staff down to 950 employees.
It’s hard not to feel an extreme sense of Schadenfreude from this news. As a journalist, I’m well aware that layoffs can be quite unpleasant for all, but it’s hard to feel bad for people whose job is to take away my rights and just generally make the lives of people like me more difficult.
Frankly, the idea that FotF still has that many employees is terrifying, and yet another thing our children will look back on in shame and a sense of wonder at how people could treat each other that way.