Last updated on: 3/7/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Claremont Institute Biography

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

“The addition of the words ‘under God’ to the Pledge, and the school district’s policy and practice of teacher-led recitation of the Pledge, do not violate the Establishment Clause…Indeed, the best evidence suggests just the opposite: The Establishment Clause was designed not just to prevent the establishment of a national church but to prohibit the federal government from interfering with state encouragement of religion as the states exercised their core police powers to protect the health, safety, welfare, and morals of the people. To hold that the Constitution prohibits the State or school district from allowing the recitation of a pledge that acknowledges the existence of God would ignore the history and intent of the First Amendment and would undermine the efforts of the States to foster the kind of moral virtue the Founders thought essential to the perpetuation of republican institutions.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, Claremont Institute Amicus Brief
Aug. 19, 2002

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Description:

“Founded in 1979, the Claremont Institute’s work is national in scope, but gives special emphasis to the problems of our country’s most populous state, where the Institute is based. Institute studies like the pioneering 1988 book, The Imperial Congress (co-published with the Heritage Foundation), innovative policy proposals such as our 1995 ‘Contract with California,’ our ongoing work on the cultural attacks on the American family, and our decade-long involvement in the critical debates over environmental regulations and property rights law—all have earned the Institute a reputation for sound scholarship and diligence in the service of constitutional government.”

Claremont Institute website (accessed Apr. 30, 2007)

Mission:

“The mission of the Claremont Institute is to restore the principles of the American Founding to their rightful, preeminent authority in our national life…

To recover the founding principles in our political life means recovering a limited and accountable government that respects private property, promotes stable family life, and maintains a strong defense.”

Claremont Institute website (accessed Apr. 30, 2007)

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