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Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) Biography

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

“…since 1948, the high court — in case after case — has never allowed public schools to promote religion. I hope the justices continue that wise policy. Parents, not politicians, have the right to decide what religious rituals their children participate in.”

Mar. 18, 2004

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Description:

“Americans United for Separation of Church and State was founded in 1947 by a broad coalition of religious, educational and civic leaders.”

“Americans United believes that all Americans have the constitutional right to practice the religion of their choice (or refrain from taking part in religion) as individual conscience dictates. The government must remain neutral on religious questions. This has been a guiding principle of Americans United since the organization was founded.”

Americans United for Separation of Church and State website (accessed Aug. 13, 2007)

Mission:

“Americans United (AU) is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans.”

Americans United for Separation of Church and State website (accessed Aug. 13, 2007)

Other:
Non-profit
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Pledge of Allegiance Be Removed from the Jurisdiction of Federal Courts?
  2. Which Other Governments Have Separation of Church and State Issues?
  3. Does Public School Recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance Constitute Undue Coercion?
  4. Do the Words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance Improperly Endorse Religion?
  5. Is the Pledge of Allegiance a Religious Exercise?