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

Christian Educators Association International (CEAI) Biography

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

“Considered in its context, the phrase ‘under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance represents not an endorsement of monotheism, but rather a proposition from the Declaration of Independence that is both theological and political, namely, that all individuals are ‘endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.’ The phrase was adopted to affirm the basis for this country’s concept of limited government.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, Christian Educators Association International Amicus Brief, Dec. 19, 2003

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Description:

“Christian Educators Association International (‘CEAI’) was founded in 1953 and became the first national organization of professional Christian educators serving in public, private and charter schools. CEAI currently has a national membership of approximately 7,500 professional educators, the majority of whom serve in public educational institutions. CEAI is a leader in promoting the rights of religious persons in public education and has actively promoted a ‘Declaration for Public Education’ that encourages local church and community organizations to be active participants and supporters of public schools.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, Christian Educators Association International Amicus Brief, Dec. 19, 2003

Mission:

“[S]erve the educational community by encouraging, equipping and empowering Christian educators serving in public and private schools.”

Christian Educators Association International website (accessed Apr. 27, 2007)

Other:
Non-profit 501(c)(3)