William M. Suttles Chair of Religious Studies at Georgia State University
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Words "under God" Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
"As a child, I recall being especially perplexed by one phrase in the Pledge of Allegiance: 'one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.' I was never quite sure if God or the nation was supposed to be 'indivisible.' The slow growth to adulthood has taught me that neither God nor nation is necessarily indivisible, and that increasingly in this country, God has actually been used to divide the nation."
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:
William M. Suttles Chair of Religious Studies, Georgia State University, July 2005-present
Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Georgia State University, July 2005-present
Associate Professor of Ethics and Culture, Claremont School of Theology and Graduate University, Jan. 2004-May 2005
Visiting Lecturer, Graduate Program in the Social Foundations of Education, University of Georgia, Spring 2002, Fall 2003
Visiting Lecturer, Department of History, Ionian University (Corfu, Greece), Apr. 2002-June 2002, Apr. 2003
Assistant Professor of Humanities, Tift School of Education, Mercer University, 2000-2004
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Religion and Kenan Ethics Center, Duke University, 1999-2000
PhD, Graduate Division of Religion, Emory University, 1990