COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Dr. James Dobson and Dr. Tim Clinton of the James Dobson Family Institute (JDFI) issue the following joint statement:
“We commend Attorney General Sessions along with the entire Trump Administration for once again demonstrating they prioritize religious freedom in America. The new “Place to Worship Initiative” announced today by the Department of Justice rightly acknowledges our cherished Constitutional right to associate and worship in public together. In many ways this freedom represents the foundation of the church in America and it therefore must be preserved and protected at all cost.
“As Americans, our first freedoms include speech, association, and free exercise of religion. This means our government specifically acknowledges its mandate to protect our right to talk about God publicly and gather together in houses of worship. Churches have always been recognized in America as a protected community under the free exercise and association clauses of the First Amendment. This initiative helps ensure religious communities will continue to have safe places available under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), which has been strengthened today by a commitment to continue preventing discrimination.
“This action by the Department of Justice should encourage families and churches across the nation that President Trump is a strong advocate for their religious freedom.”
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.
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. Dr. Clinton is recognized as a world leader in mental health and relationship issues. He has authored and edited nearly 30 books.He is president of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). Dr. Clinton served at Liberty University for over 30 years in academic roles, including Professor of Counseling and Executive Director of the James C. Dobson Center for Child Development, Marriage and Family Studies. He currently serves on the President’s (POTUS) Faith Advisory Board, alongside Dr. Dobson.