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

Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights Biography

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

“The Catholic League…[has] an interest in preserving the right of Americans to publicly acknowledge God and our God-given freedom, which is done daily in this country through the willing recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, including in the public schools.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights Amicus Brief, Dec. 8, 2003

Description:

“The Catholic League is the nation’s largest Catholic civil rights organization. Founded in 1973 by the late Father Virgil C. Blum, S.J., the Catholic League defends the right of Catholics – lay and clergy alike – to participate in American public life without defamation or discrimination.”

Catholic League website (accessed Apr. 27, 2007)

Mission:

“Motivated by the letter and the spirit of the First Amendment, the Catholic League works to safeguard both the religious freedom rights and the free speech rights of Catholics whenever and wherever they are threatened.”

Catholic League website (accessed Apr. 27, 2007)

Other:
501(c)(3) Public Charity