Pro to the question "Should the Words "under God" Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
"Then there was the case of the man in California [Michael Newdow] who filed a suit against the entire United States Congress, which I guess made me a defendant too. This man insisted that the words 'Under God' in the Pledge of Allegiance violated his rights under the establishment clause of the First Amendment. The Ninth Circuit court agreed, as it usually does when litigious people seek to rid our country of any trace of religious devotion. With an air of finality, the court declared that any further references to the Almighty in our Pledge were - and I quote - 'impermissible.' And it was so ordered - generations of pious, unoffending custom supposedly overturned by one decree out of a courtroom in San Francisco. And now it turns out the same litigant is back for more in the Ninth Circuit, this time demanding that the words 'In God We Trust' be forever removed from our currency. I have a feeling this fellow will get wind of my remarks today - and we're all in for trouble when he hears that we met in a chapel...
The sum effect of these capricious rulings has been to spread confusion instead of clarity in our vital national debates, to leave resentment instead of resolution, and to turn Senate confirmation hearings into a gauntlet of abuse."
Speech on judicial philosophy delivered at Wake Forest University, May 5, 2008
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:
US Senator (R-Arizona), 1987-present
Candidate, United States President, 2000 and 2008
National Security Adviser, Dole/Kemp Presidential Campaign, 1996
Representative, United States House of Representatives, Arizona District 1, 1982-1986
Senate Navy Liaison, 1977-1981
Pilot, Captain, United States Navy, Vietnam, 1958-1981
Member, National Republican Senatorial Committee
Co Chair, Porkbusters Coalition
Member, Senate Centrist Coalition
Member, Senate Committee for American Indian College Fund
Senate Co Chair, National Security Caucus
Board of Directors, Nixon Center for Peace and Freedom
Member, Purple Heart Association
Member, Sons of the Revolution in the State of Virginia