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11 07 09 Focus on the Family Still Hopes to Give Shoes to Kids Through TOMS

11 07 09 Focus on the Family Still Hopes to Give Shoes to Kids Through TOMS

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Focus on the Family Still Wants to HelpKids Get Shoes Through TOMS
Ministry hopes it can still air broadcast featuring TOMS founder BlakeMycoskie, despite Internet controversy generated by those who disagree withgroup’s views on marriage
Colorado Springs, Colo. (July 10, 2011)
-- Focus on the Family said today itstill hopes to air a broadcast featuring TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie, despitea storm of controversy in the blogosphere generated by a handful of groupsthat disagree with the Christian ministry’s views on marriage.Mycoskie was interviewed by Focus President Jim Daly on June 30 in OrangeCounty, Calif., a conversation recorded in front of an audience of more than1,500. Over the weekend, groups that disagree with the ministry ideologicallycriticized Mycoskie for appearing at the event, and on Saturday he apologizedfor doing so, saying he wouldn’t have done it had he known the “full extent” of Focus’ beliefs -- although he did not indicate which beliefs concerned him.Daly said he hopes to still be able to share Mycoskie’s story with the ministry’smore than 2 million U.S. radio listeners.“We interviewed Blake because we thought his story would inspire other Christians to act on their faith like he has and to help others in need,” Daly said.“We want to tell our friends about the great work TOMS does and how they canbe a part of putting shoes on the feet of impoverished kids.“But that's not our choice. By contract, TOMS has the right to block broadcastof the program. We hope they won't do that, but we have yet to hear directlyfrom Blake or anyone at TOMS about this situation.”Daly admitted he was “a little saddened” by the vitriolic response of thosewhose protests led Mycoskie to distance himself from Focus.“This is an unfortunate statement about the culture we live in, when anorganization like ours is deemed unfit to help children in need simply becausewe hold to biblical beliefs about marriage and family,” he said. “It's also achilling statement about the future of the culture we live in. We have to wonder:What will someone decide we're unfit to do next?“Fortunately, as Christians we have the greatest example of all to follow insituations like this -- Jesus,” he added. “The things He stood for were notalways popular, either. He was ostracized and much worse for doing the workof His Father. And through it all, He loved those who did not love Him andnever stopped hoping they would come to know the Truth.”Regardless of how the situation with TOMS turns out, Daly said, Focus on theFamily will remain committed to helping families in ways based on biblicalprinciples.“Yes, we believe marriage is a sacred, lifetime union between one man and

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