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

Bruce Prescott, PhD Biography

Title:
Executive Director of Mainstream Oklahoma Baptists
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“Turning from proclamation to politics, however, requires much duplicitous testimony. In public, politically powerful preachers will declare that the nation must acknowledge allegiance to God and will contend that the public square would be naked without meaningful references to Deity. In court, slick lawyers will argue that the oath in the pledge does not establish a religion because the words ‘under God’ have ‘no significant religious content.’

How fundamentalist Christians can so callously profane the name of their Lord-making it legally meaningless and publicly bearing false witness about it-reveals something about the depth of either their understanding or their spirituality, especially when they are leading a simultaneous crusade to post the Decalogue in public places.” (The Baptist Studies Bulletin, Oct. 2005)

The Baptist Studies Bulletin, Oct. 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Executive Board Member, Americans United, 2002-present
  • Radio Talk Show Host, Religious Talk, KREF 1400am, 1999-present
  • Executive Director, Mainstream Oklahoma Baptists, 1998-present
  • National Advisory Board Member, Americans United, 1997-2002
  • President, Houston Chapter of Americans United, 1997-1999
  • Former Pastor, Easthaven Baptist Church
  • Former Adjunct Professor, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Former Instructor of Philosophy and Religion, Tarrant County Junior College
  • Former Executive Board Member, Texas Baptists Committed
  • Former Chair, Baptist Distinctives Partnership Team, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
  • Listed in Who’s Who in Religion, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World
Education:
  • PhD, Philosophy, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • MDiv, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • BS, Corrections, University of Albuquerque
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Words "under God" Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?