Last updated on: 2/4/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Focus on the Family Biography

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

“Voluntary recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance by public school students is a patriotic exercise that acknowledges the religious principles upon which this country was founded. Inclusion of the phrase ‘under God’ in the Pledge, simply recognizes the historical fact that our founders declared independence and established this nation based on principles that transcend man made laws. The Pledge is not a prayer or any other type of religious exercise. A public school district policy that requires teachers to lead willing students in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is therefore constitutional under all of the tests this Court uses to analyze Establishment Clause claims.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, Focus on the Family Amicus Brief

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

“FOCUS ON THE FAMILY is a nonprofit organization founded by James C. Dobson, Ph.D, an internationally recognized expert on the family. Focus on the Family broadcasts syndicated radio programs heard daily on more than three thousand radio stations in twelve languages in more than ninety-five countries. These programs are heard by more than five million people. Focus on the Family actively promotes freedom of speech and religious expression as part of its ministry to families. Focus on the Family has participated as amicus curiae in numerous cases before this Court.”

Focus on the Family website (accessed Apr. 30, 2007)

Mission:

“To cooperate with the Holy Spirit in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible by nurturing and defending the God-ordained institution of the family and promoting biblical truths worldwide.”

Focus on the Family 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?