Executive Director of Mainstream Oklahoma Baptists
Con to the question "Should the Words "under God" Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
"Turning from proclamation to politics, however, requires much duplicitous testimony. In public, politically powerful preachers will declare that the nation must acknowledge allegiance to God and will contend that the public square would be naked without meaningful references to Deity. In court, slick lawyers will argue that the oath in the pledge does not establish a religion because the words 'under God' have 'no significant religious content.'
How fundamentalist Christians can so callously profane the name of their Lord-making it legally meaningless and publicly bearing false witness about it-reveals something about the depth of either their understanding or their spirituality, especially when they are leading a simultaneous crusade to post the Decalogue in public places." (The Baptist Studies Bulletin, Oct. 2005)
Experts JD's (lawyers), US Presidents, federal appellate opinions, US Founding Fathers, Members of Congress, members of state legislative bodies with significant involvement in, or related to, the "under God" conflict and/or government and constitutional law, and those with PhD's in government, constitutional law or other relevant fields. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Executive Board Member, Americans United, 2002-present
Radio Talk Show Host, Religious Talk, KREF 1400am, 1999-present