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

Institute for Humanist Studies (IHS) Biography

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

“Daily affirmation of the existence of a specific monotheistic God, or even a generic monotheistic god, is a religious affirmation even if it is draped in the Flag. Thus, a public school district policy that requires teachers to lead willing students in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with the phrase ‘under God’ violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment…The phrase ‘under God’ does not qualify as mere ceremonial deism when included in a daily teacher-led recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance by public school elementary students. It is a government sponsored claim of the existence of a single deity that excludes believers in all other deities and excludes those who do not believe in any deity.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, Institute for Humanist Studies Amicus Brief, Feb. 10, 2004

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

“Institute for Humanist Studies (‘IHS’) promotes greater public awareness, understanding, and support for humanism. The Institute specializes in pioneering new technology and methods for the advancement of humanism. Founded in 1999 as an educational non-profit institute, the IHS provides accessible and authoritative information about humanism and the non-religious to the media, academia, and the general public.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, Institute for Humanist Studies Amicus Brief, Feb. 10, 2004

Mission:

“The Institute for Humanist Studies (IHS) promotes humanism, a nonreligious philosophy based on reason and compassion. IHS advances human rights, secular ethics and the separation of religion and government through advocacy, innovation and collaboration.”

Institute for Humanist Studies 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?