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

Austin Cline, MA Biography

Title:
About.com Guide for Agnosticism/Atheism
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“The phrase ‘under God’ should never have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance. This measure was designed to pander to political and religious interests and thereby transformed a secular affirmation into a religious oath. Those who insist that it’s not religious should ask themselves how they would feel if it read ‘under no God’ or ‘under Allah.’ Then they might understand why it’s inappropriate.”

E-mail to ProCon.org, Aug. 25, 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • About.com Guide for Agnosticism/Atheism
  • Regional Director, Council for Secular Humanism
  • Member, Freedom From Religion Foundation
  • Former Publicity Coordinator, Campus Freethought Alliance
  • Phi Beta Kappa and a Fulbright Scholar
Education:
  • MA, Princeton University
  • BA, University of Pennsylvania
  • Attended 1 year at University of Zurich
  • Attended 1 year at Ludwig-Maximillian University in Munich, Germany
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Words "under God" Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?
  2. Does the Declaration of Independence Set a Precedent for Religion in Government?