Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Department Chair at Bucknell University
Con to the question "Should the Words "under God" Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
"In my opinion, I think asking public school children to recite the phrase (voluntary or not) 'under God' in the Pledge of Allegiance is in direct violation of the Establishment Clause of the US Constitution. Although I think the pledge is unconstitutional across the board, in this post I am purely arguing for the purposes of addressing the pledge recitation in classrooms, not the pledge itself. It seems clear to me having this phrase in the pledge is not 'neutral' in both senses of the word. It is not neutral among all religious denominations because it is embracing a monotheistic idea, and it is not neutral among religion and non-religion because it is clearly supporting theistic and religious belief."
"Challenging the Pledge of Allegiance," religionandamericanlaw.blogspot.com, Oct. 5, 2015
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:
Associate Professor and Department Chair, Religious Studies, Bucknell University, 2015-present
Assistant Professor, Religious Studies, Bucknell University, 2009-2015
Visiting Assistant Professor, Law, Politics, and Society, Drake University, 2007-2009
PhD, Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007
Miami University, MA, Comparative Religion, 1998
BA, Religion, The College of William and Mary, 1996