Last updated on: 5/1/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Christian Legal Society Biography

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

“Christian Legal Society believes that the phrase ‘under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance is an important affirmation of the basis for this nation’s concept of limited government that, in turn, is the basis of our legal system.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, Christian Legal Society Amicus Brief, Dec. 19, 2003

Description:

“Incorporated in Illinois as a not for profit, tax-exempt 501(c) (3) religious organization in 1961. The nine purposes for which CLS is incorporated include: (1) ‘To proclaim Jesus as Lord through all that we do in the field of law and other disciplines; (2) To provide a means of society, fellowship and nurture among Christian lawyers; (3) To encourage Christian lawyers to view law as ministry; (4) To clarify and promote the concept of the Christian lawyer and to help Christian lawyers integrate their faith with their professional lives; (5) To mobilize, at the national and local levels, the resources needed to promote justice, religious liberty, the sanctity of human life and biblical conflict reconciliation; (6) To encourage, disciple and aid Christian students in preparing for the legal profession; (7) To provide a forum for the discussion of problems and opportunities relating to Christianity and the law; (8)To cooperate with bar associations and other organizations in asserting and maintaining high standards of legal ethics; and, (9) To encourage lawyers to furnish legal services to the poor and needy, and grant special consideration to the legal needs of churches and other charitable organizations.'”

Christian Legal Society website (accessed Apr. 27, 2007)

Mission:

“In response to Jesus’ visionary command to lawyers ‘to do justice with the love of God’ (Luke 11:42) and never forget the ‘weightier matters of the law: doing justice, loving mercy and walking humbly with God’ (Matt. 23:23), CLS’ mission is: To be the national grassroots network of lawyers and law students, committed to proclaiming, loving and serving Jesus Christ, through all we do and say in the practice of law, and advocating biblical conflict reconciliation, public justice, religious freedom and the sanctity of human life.'”

Christian Legal Society website (accessed Apr. 27, 2007)

Other:
501(c)(3) Public Charity