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

James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) Biography

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

“Some readers have commented on my objections to the “God” inclusions in the Pledge of Allegiance, and on U.S. currency. Quite simply, I regard it as the intrusion of religion into government, a blatant attempt to establish a one-god, Christian philosophy on Americans, many of whom have no belief in, nor allegiance to, any deity — or who choose to worship another, different, deity. In my opinion, it’s a direct violation of the ‘separation of church and state’ principle, something I highly value, as do so many others.”

Aug. 2, 2002

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Description:

“The James Randi Educational Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1996. Its aim is to promote critical thinking by reaching out to the public and media with reliable information about paranormal and supernatural ideas so widespread in our society today.”

“About the Foundation,” JREF website (accessed Mar. 7, 2008)

Mission:

“The Foundation’s goals include:

  • Creating a new generation of critical thinkers through lively classroom demonstrations and by reaching out to the next generation in the form of scholarships and awards.
  • Demonstrating to the public and the media, through educational seminars, the consequences of accepting paranormal and supernatural claims without questioning.
  • Supporting and conducting research into paranormal claims through well-designed experiments utilizing “the scientific method” and by publishing the findings in the JREF official newsletter, Swift, and other periodicals. Also providing reliable information on paranormal and pseudoscientific claims by maintaining a comprehensive library of books, videos, journals, and archival resources open to the public.
  • Assisting those who are being attacked as a result of their investigations and criticism of people who make paranormal claims, by maintaining a legal defense fund available to assist these individuals.”

“About the Foundation,” JREF website (accessed Mar. 7, 2008)

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