Pro to the question "Should the Words "under God" Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
"As the Pro/Con site demonstrates, our national and state governments have included references to God or a Supreme Being since their inception. These phrases, while unquestionably religious in nature, truly have taken on a more historical context and, as such, their coercive effect seems, at most, minimal. The notion that we must excise all references to God from our government despite our Founding Fathers' own references to God at the time they were embracing the First Amendment seems nonsensical. In my view, when the likelihood of coercion is speculative, the reference to God minimal and, in part, historic, and the adult's participation voluntary, I do not believe the Establishment Clause prohibits the use of the phrase 'under God' in the Pledge."
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:
Law Partner, Bogue Koury & Marylander LLC, 1998-present
Admitted to bar, 1985, California; 1987, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 1993, Colorado; 1994, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; 1995, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado; 1996, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona.
Member: Colorado (Member, Ethics Committee, 1998-1999) and American Bar Associations; State Bar of California; Colorado Trial Lawyers Association; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Trial Lawyers for Public Justice; Roscoe Pound Foundation.