Dr. James Dobson, president of the James Dobson Family Institute, applauded the Trump administration’s efforts on Thursday to protect the constitutional right to prayer and religious expression in public schools as well as the equal treatment of religious student groups at public universities and colleges.
“The First Amendment was not designed, nor was it ever intended, to stamp out religious expression. On the contrary, it was designed to protect our first liberty. Unfortunately, government officials have increasingly bought the lie from groups such as Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and have worked to purge religion from the public square, demeaning the beliefs of millions of Americans in the process.
“Today, the Trump administration has announced a series of actions designed to protect – or, where necessary, restore – the freedoms of religious belief and free exercise guaranteed by the First Amendment.
“No school that receives government funding should trample on the constitutional rights of its students. Accordingly, the administration will require schools to certify, on an annual basis, that they have no policy which prevents participation in constitutionally-protected prayer or other religious expression.
“Similarly, religious student groups at public universities and colleges should receive the same benefits, privileges and rights enjoyed by other student groups. The proposed rule therefore aims to remove regulations that burden faith-based organizations or would treat them worse than other groups or individuals.
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SOURCE: Charisma News