DR. JAMES DOBSON COMMENDS PRESIDENT TRUMP’S SUPREME COURT NOMINATION, CALLS ON NEW JUSTICE TO HELP AMERICA RETURN TO ITS FOUNDING VALUES AND PRINCIPLES
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Shirley and I would like to congratulate President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence on their hard fought victory. We believe this outcome is good for America, and it could not come at a more critically important hour. Trump’s victory is a reaffirmation of the importance the American people place on religious liberty, the sanctity of human life, and a conservative judiciary. The American people have spoken clearly, and in so doing they have affirmed yet again our founding fathers’ vision for America. It remains as true today as it has ever been, “In God We Trust.”
– James Dobson, PhD
–James Dobson, PhD
(11/1/2016) COLORADO SPRINGS, CO– Less than a week before Election Day, and with early voting well underway in many states, Dr. James Dobson issued the following statement:
“Every four years, when Americans head to the polls to choose our next president, it’s easy, and frankly common, to label each election as ‘the most important in our lifetime.’ However, given the unprecedented nature of this current presidential contest, that statement is finally proven true. Each candidate proposes radically divergent visions for the future of our country, making 2016 a great turning point in the history of America.
What hangs in the balance is not only who will occupy the White House, but the many down-ballot candidates and initiatives, our constitutional right to religious liberty, the sanctity of human life, the meaning of marriage and the composition and nature of our entire judiciary. This election could represent a point of no return for many of the issues Americans hold dear. As Christians, we cannot and must not leave the future of our country to chance. I beg you, the American voter, to go to the polls on November 8th and make your voice heard. The fate of the country depends on it.”
– James Dobson, Ph.D.
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Dr. James Dobson with Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, backstage at Values Voter Summit, (Washington D.C., Sept.9th, 2016).
Jim and Shirley Dobson, with Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty," backstage at the Values Voter Summit, after both men had just given speeches to the attendees gathered, (Washington D.C., Sept.9th, 2016).
Values Voter Summit was created in 2006 to provide a forum to help inform and mobilize citizens across America to preserve the bedrock values of traditional marriage, religious liberty, sanctity of life and limited government that make our nation strong. It has drawn over 3,000 plus attendees from around the nation and foreign countries. Garnering national and international media attention, CNN named it "one of the conservative movement's marquee annual events" and Sean Hannity called it "the premier conservative event now in the country."
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I am appalled by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Monday this week to strike down H.B. 2 in Texas which will essentially remove even basic safeguards in abortion clinics for pregnant women and their unborn babies. The people of this great country must speak-up, otherwise our nation is headed toward a point of no-return. This judicial overreach ratchets-up the importance of the presidential election this November. Indeed, SCOTUS, President Barack Obama, and the CA legislature (as evidenced by the recent bill moving through the CA State Senate which would in-effect make Christian Colleges in CA no different than their secular counterparts) are doing everything within their power to snuff-out any remaining remnant of morals and Christian influence from American culture.
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Only the Lord knows the condition of a person’s heart. I can only tell you what I’ve heard. First, Trump appears to be tender to things of the Spirit. I also hear that Paula White has known Trump for years and that she personally led him to Christ. Do I know that for sure? No. Do I know the details of that alleged conversion? I can’t say that I do. But there are many Christian leaders who are serving on a faith advisory committee for Trump in the future. I am among them. There are about 25 of us that include Jerry Falwell, Jr., Robert Jeffress, Jack Graham, Ben Carson, James Robison, Michele Bachmann, and many others whom you would probably know. We’ve all agreed to serve. How will that play out if Trump becomes president? I don’t know. It is a good start, I would think.
If anything, this man is a baby Christian who doesn’t have a clue about how believers think, talk and act. All I can tell you is that we have only two choices, Hillary or Donald. Hillary scares me to death. And, if Christians stay home because he isn’t a better candidate, Hillary will run the world for perhaps eight years. The very thought of that haunts my nights and days. One thing is sure: we need to be in prayer for our nation at this time of crisis.
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By Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, NRB President & CEO
Along with hundreds of other evangelical leaders, I joined NRB President’s Council members and other NRB members in a June 21 meeting with the presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald J. Trump in New York City.
In addition to the hour-long meeting with hundreds of pastors and others, as a member of the Steering Committee, I met with Trump in a smaller gathering of leaders who were able to talk with him about various concerns of evangelicals.
At the larger meeting, Trump emphasized his commitment to religious liberty by vowing to appoint conservative Supreme Court justices, who would be vetted by the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation. He also said he wants to restore the free speech rights of Christians by rescinding the infamous Johnson Amendment, which has limited the political speech of churches and other 501(c)(3) tax-exempt ministries. Additionally, Trump said he wants to encourage the use of the greeting “Merry Christmas” in American culture and government.
Also at the meeting, Trump reiterated his proposal to temporarily halt Muslim immigration to the United States, adding a more nuanced suggestion that he would pause immigration from regions where radical Islamic terrorism is present. He also promised that his judicial appointments would be pro-life.
On the one hand, Trump helped himself just by his willingness to meet with evangelical leaders and by addressing some of their questions and concerns. On the other hand, evangelical leaders helped their cause, introducing their priorities and leadership to a potential President of the United States.
Some of my friends were at the meeting, and some of my friends criticized those who attended, endorsed Trump, or have agreed to serve on his evangelical advisory committee. Those who are critical of the decision of others to meet with Trump should not jump to conclusions because there was no endorsement required of the participants, including myself, nor did any prosperity gospel preachers speak at the meeting. As I tweeted during the meeting in response to some criticism on social media, this was “no cheap date, but good discussion.”
On the same day of the meeting, Trump announced an Evangelical Executive Advisory Board that includes some NRB members. Tim Wildmon has written a reflection on the meeting and Richard Land has given the rationale for why he agreed to serve on the Advisory Board.
Among NRB President’s Council members attending were Doug Batchelor, Rich Bott, Laurie Cardoza-Moore, Stu and Nancy Epperson, Bruce Fogerty, Roberta Hromas, Johnny Kim, Barry and Karen Meguiar, Troy Miller, Miriam Neff, Grace Rendall, and Jamey Schmitz. Other NRB members in attendance were Brad Bright, James Dobson, Ronnie Floyd, Franklin Graham, Jack Graham, June Hunt, Robert Jeffress, David Jeremiah, Richard Land, Tony Perkins, Jim Robb, Larry Ross, Kelly Shackelford, and Tim Wildmon. Recent NRB Convention speakers who spoke at the Trump event were George Barna, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, and Lila Rose.
There are pro and con arguments to every candidate, and Christian leaders should make them when ready. Likewise, every Christian needs to work through this election choice in his or her own way. But, it is still early in the process, and we need to give each other space to figure this out. For sure, we should take care not to build straw man arguments, use caricatures, or engage in ad hominem attacks against our brothers and sisters.
By Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, NRB President & CEO
PHOTO ABOVE: Dr. James Dobson, Founder and President of Family Talk, makes a comment during a June 21 meeting with the presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald J. Trump in New York City. Photograph courtesy of A. Larry Ross Communications.
Published: June 23, 2016 (used with permission)
As reported by CNSNEWS.com–Melanie Hunter | May 5, 2016
(CNSNews.com) - Dr. James Dobson, founder of Family Talk, told those gathered in Washington, D.C., in observance of the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, that the most important thing he prays for is the children, who have been influenced by the LGBT agenda.
“If I had to list the most important thing for me to pray about today, that would outrank everything else, it would be to pray for the children, because the children of this country and many places around the world are in danger, and their world has changed,” said Dobson.
Dobson left Focus on the Family in 2010 and that same year founded Family Talk, a Christian non-profit organization that “promotes and teaches biblical principles that support marriage, family, and child-development.”
“I think of the millions of kids today who are in schools and classrooms around the country where they are being taught things that we would consider alien to our faith, and they’re being influenced by a culture that is perverting them, and that would have to be first on the list,” he said.
Dobson explained when he finished working on his doctorate, his father warned him that the world Dobson’s daughter was “growing up in is much farther gone into moral decline than the world into which you were born.” Dobson said he began praying for his daughter and for the second child he had afterwards.
“Folks, that was the late 60s and 70s, and the world now has changed radically since that time, and if it had gone into moral decline then, what about now?” Dobson asked. “What about the whole LGBT agenda that’s being taught increasingly in the schools and elsewhere?
Dobson explained that the third letter in the term LGBT – B - is for bisexual.
“That means sex with many and all. It means moral debauchery, and now the transgender movement that is taken over the schools is having an impact where in some places, 5-year-olds are being asked to choose whether they are male or female,” he said.
“I saw an article the other day that was the result of a study, a poll that was made where something approaching 50 percent of young people were asked whether they identify with masculinity or femininity, and almost – I think it was 46 percent of them – said neither, but both,” said Dobson.
“That has taken hold with our kids, and what’s being taught to kindergarteners in California and Massachusetts and other places where these little 5-year-old bright eyed kids who know nothing about anything really are being taught the elements of the homosexual point of view,” he said.
“I’m not here to attack anybody today, but I’m saying our children are at risk, and we must pray for them. We must fast for them, and on this day of prayer, I hold them up before the Lord, and ask him to protect them from anything that would twist or warp their moral character,” Dobson said.
Dr. Dobson was accompanied by his wife, Shirley Dobson, who this year will be recognized for 25 years of service as Chairman of the National Day of Prayer.
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