[Press Release] Dr. Tim Clinton and Director Jenna Ellis Issue Joint Statement Commending State Department Convening ‘Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom’

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Dr. Tim Clinton, Executive Director of the James Dobson Family Institute (JDFI), along with Jenna Ellis, Esq., Director of the Dobson Public Policy Center issue the following joint statement commending the State Department’s upcoming “Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom.” The event will be held July 24-26, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the International Religious Freedom Act, and is described as the largest, highest-level summit on international religious freedom ever convened.

The Dobson Public Policy Center has joined with ADF International to co-sponsor a side event on the importance of parental rights in the context of religious liberty. Dr. Tim Clinton will also be speaking at the event on the importance of protecting a parent’s fundamental right to make critical decisions including counseling and healthcare.

“The freedom to believe and to express that belief without fear or intimidation is humanity’s most basic and precious right. In fact, it is the right from which all other rights flow. America’s history is steeped in the struggle of the persecuted and oppressed to establish this right for themselves and for all generations after them. America’s leadership is therefore critical to its preservation and expansion, especially amongst the many marginalized and oppressed peoples around the world. The Dobson Public Policy Center commends the State Department and the entire Administration for once again making good on its promises by prioritizing this critical cause and convening the upcoming Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. We are honored to take part in this historic gathering of governmental, civic, and religious advocates who, while not necessarily sharing a common faith, are united by a common cause. Our goal  at the Policy Center is to further the domestic and international defense of parents’ sacred right to raise their children in accordance with their faith, religious traditions, and convictions.” 

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Dr. James Dobson is a celebrated Christian leader, author and psychologist, earning his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in the field of child development with a minor in research design. He is the founder and president of Family Talk and the James Dobson Family Institute, a nonprofit organization that produces his daily radio program, “Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk.” In 2008, Dr. Dobson was inducted into The National Radio Hall of Fame. Follow him @DrJamesCDobson

Dr. Tim Clinton is the Executive Director of the James Dobson Family Institute and co-host of Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk. He is licensed as a Professional Counselor and as a Marriage and Family Therapist and has authored and edited nearly 30 books. He is president of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and served at Liberty University for over 30 years in various academic roles. Dr. Clinton currently serves on President Trump’s Faith Advisory Board, alongside Dr. Dobson. Follow him @DrTimClinton 

Jenna Ellis, Esq. is the Director of Public Policy for the James Dobson Family Institute. She is a constitutional law attorney and a contributor to the Washington Examiner, Daily Wire, and The Federalist. Her book, “The Legal Basis for a Moral Constitution: A Guide for Christians to Understand America’s Current Constitutional Crisis” provides insight into the culture war that is being fought in America’s legal hierarchy. Follow her @JennaEllisJDFI      

The James Dobson Family Institute is dedicated to preserving the biblical institutions of marriage and family by encouraging, inspiring, supporting, and leading parents and children to build their lives on God’s Word. JDFI’s mission is driven by Dr. James Dobson’s legacy of serving families with broadcasts, videos, articles, leadership training, and policy advocacy to ensure the next generation of families are equipped to stand firm with answers to life’s most difficult questions.