Last updated on: 5/29/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Biography

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

“We’re dealing with schoolchildren and with role models in schools who are required to lead it. The circumstances are inherently fraught with compulsion or coercion and we feel that’s a violation of church-state separation.”

Forward, Nov. 14, 2003

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

“The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 ‘to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.’ Now the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, ADL defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.

A leader in the development of materials, programs and services, ADL builds bridges of communication, understanding and respect among diverse groups in the United States and around the world, carrying out our mission through a network of Regional and Satellite Offices in the United States, as well as offices abroad.”

“Anti-Defamation League 2005 Annual Report” (accessed June 14, 2006)

Mission:

“The immediate object of the League is to stop, by appeals to reason and conscience and, if necessary, by appeals to law, the defamation of the Jewish people. Its ultimate purpose is to secure justice and fair treatment to all citizens alike and to put an end forever to unjust and unfair discrimination against and ridicule of any sect or body of citizens.”

“ADL Charter, Oct. 1913,” ADL website (accessed June 14, 2006)

Other:
501(c)(3) Public Charity
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Words "under God" Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?
  2. Do the Words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance Improperly Endorse Religion?
  3. Does Public School Recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance Constitute Undue Coercion?
  4. Did the Founding Fathers Support a Separation of Church and State?