Last updated on: 8/22/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“The government should not be asking impressionable schoolchildren to affirm their allegiance to God at the same time that they are affirming their allegiance to the country…

Removing ‘under God’ from the Pledge is not anti-religious… just the opposite is true. The only way the religious reference in the Pledge can be upheld is for the Court to conclude that the words ‘under God’ have no religious meaning, which is far more insulting to people of faith.”

ACLU Press Release, Mar. 24, 2004

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Other
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The ACLU was founded by Roger Baldwin, Crystal Eastman, Albert DeSilver and others in 1920. We are nonprofit and nonpartisan and have grown from a roomful of civil liberties activists to an organization of more than 500,000 members and supporters. We handle nearly 6,000 court cases annually from our offices in almost every state.

The ACLU has maintained the position that civil liberties must be respected, even in times of national emergency. The ACLU is supported by annual dues and contributions from its members, plus grants from private foundations and individuals. We do not receive any government funding.”

“About Us,” ACLU website (accessed Mar. 14, 2008)

Mission:

“The mission of the ACLU is to preserve all of these protections and guarantees:

  • Your First Amendment rights – freedom of speech, association and assembly; freedom of the press, and freedom of religion.
  • Your right to equal protection under the law – equal treatment regardless of race, sex, religion or national origin.
  • Your right to due process – fair treatment by the government whenever the loss of your liberty or property is at stake.
  • Your right to privacy – freedom from unwarranted government intrusion into your personal and private affairs.”

  • “About Us,” ACLU website (accessed Mar. 14, 2008)

    Other:
    Non-profit 501(c)3
    Quoted in:
    1. Do the Words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance Improperly Endorse Religion?
    2. Should the Words "under God" Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?
    3. Is the Pledge of Allegiance a Religious Exercise?