Last updated on: 3/6/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Becket Fund for Religious Liberty Biography

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

“We also fight to make sure that public schools do not become religion-free zones. To be sure, our system of government schools should not inculcate any particular faith. But neither should those schools prohibit (or even discourage) students from non-disruptive, voluntary, religious expression, such as moments of silence or the Pledge of Allegiance. Indeed, whenever possible, public schools should accommodate whatever religious education and observance students and their parents choose in conscience to pursue.

Moreover, basic knowledge of world religions and -- because of its special role in Western Civilization -- the Bible is a commendable part of any liberal education, but that part is too often neglected or actively avoided in public schools. Similarly, public schools should not ignore or purge the often substantial role of religion in other areas of study such as civics, history, literature, music, and fine arts.”

www.becketfund.org (accessed Apr. 17, 2006)

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Description:

“The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, interfaith, legal and educational institute dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious traditions. We operate in three arenas: in the courts of law (litigation), in the court of public opinion (media), and in the academy (scholarship).”

www.becketfund.org (accessed Apr. 17, 2006)

Mission:

“Protecting the free expression of all religious traditions.”

www.becketfund.org (accessed Apr. 17, 2006)

Other:
Non-profit organization