Last updated on: 2/4/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

James C. Dobson, PhD Biography

Title:
Founder and Chairman of Focus on the Family
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“This abominable ruling [Ninth Circuit ruling in Newdow vs. U.S.] by an imperious court is a slap in the face to all Americans and people of faith. At a moment when national unity should be of the utmost importance, two individuals chose to speak for an entire nation and, in the process, divide this country. There is no place for myopic edicts, especially during this time of national and international uncertainty – clearly neither the events of September 11, nor America’s war on terrorism, was weighing on the judge’s minds.”

Press Release, June 26, 2002

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and Chairman, Focus on the Family
  • Former Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of Southern California School of Medicine
  • Former Attending Staff, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Division of Child Development and Medical Genetics
  • Trail Blazer Award, Promise Keepers, 2005
  • Integrity in Family Award, Marketplace Ministries, 2004
  • Tom Landry Award, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 2003
  • Churchill Award for Courageous and Committed Service to the Conservative Cause, Council for National Policy, 2002
  • Family Advocate of the Year, Catholic Alliance, 2001
  • International Human Life Award, Human Life International, 1997
  • Man of the Year, American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 1996
  • Philip Award, United Methodist Church, 1994
  • The Children’s Friend, Childhelp USA, 1987
  • Humanitarian Award, California Psychological Association, 1988
  • Layman of the Year, National Association of Evangelicals, 1982
Education:
  • PhD, Child Development, University of Southern California, 1967
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Words "under God" Remain in the Pledge if a Majority of Americans Want to Keep It?