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Church of Freethought Biography

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

“[T]he theological doctrines embodied in the 1954 ‘under God’ insertion are foreign if not antithetical to the principles on which the Republic was founded, and, in particular, to the principle of church-state separation embodied in the First Amendment.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, Church of Freethought Amicus Brief, 2004

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Other
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“Church of Freethought was established in 1994 and incorporated into the State of Texas on February 22 of 2001…as a non-profit corporation…COF operates in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as the North Texas Church of Free Thought (‘NTCOF’)…NTCOF is a fully functioning church, not a prank, ruse, paper entity or internet site.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, Church of Free Thought Amicus Brief, 2004

Mission:

“[T]o promote and advance, as a moral imperative, the unfettered power of thought over belief, or reason over faith, of facts over revelation and superstition, and of knowledge over dogmas and doctrines, especially in matters of religion and religious opinion.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, Church of Free Thought Amicus Brief, 2004

Other:
501(c)(3) Public Charity
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Words "under God" Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?