COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Dr. James Dobson, Dr. Tim Clinton, and Jenna Ellis, Esq. issue the following joint statement on behalf of the James Dobson Family Institute:
“The relentless attack against religious freedom and the First Amendment is continuing unabated in Colorado. Even though the 7-2 majority of the U.S. Supreme Court specifically held that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission is forbidden from displaying overt hostility and animus against a person for their faith, today that same Civil Rights Commission allowed a claim of discrimination to move forward again against Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop.
“On the very same day the Supreme Court agreed to hear the Masterpiece Cakeshop case in 2017, a Colorado local attorney and LGBT advocate requested from Masterpiece Cakeshop a pink and blue cake celebrating the attorney’s transition from male to female. Jack respectfully declined to create the custom cake because the message it expresses would violate his Christian faith. Now, Jack is once again required to defend himself before the Colorado Civil Rights Commission even though the Supreme Court has already ruled in his favor previously. The Supreme Court upheld our constitutionally protected right to religious liberty and to be free from government hostility.
“We strongly condemn the decision of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission to allow this new claim of discrimination to move forward. This is simply a continued attack on the First Amendment and religious freedom. We call upon the Colorado legislature to provide unbiased, fair, constitutional due process for all Coloradoans, including people of faith, and to prevent future hostility by this biased government agency.”
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 the Dobson Policy Center, a ministry of 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.