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John E. Thompson, JD Biography

Associate at Shearman and Sterling LLP
Con to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"

“‘Under God’ may be only two words, but they reflect a pervasive pattern of government behavior the suppresses the development of atheistic and nontheistic beliefs. The words limit, rather than promote, religious pluralism.”

Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Summer 2003

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate, Shearman & Sterling
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • JD, cum laude, Harvard University Law School, 2003
  • MIA, Columbia University, 1993
  • BA, summa cum laude, Columbia University, 1992
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Words "under God" Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?
  2. Does the Phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance Violate the First Amendment's Establishment Clause?