Last updated on: 8/22/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

John Ruch Biography

Title:
Columnist
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“The First Amendment to the Constitution is supposed to protect religion and government from each other by forbidding laws that promote a religion or hinder its private worship. However, the U.S. Supreme Court has a little junk drawer called ‘ceremonial deism’ in which it keeps religious laws it likes and protects them from constitutional banishment. These include Congressional prayers, ‘In God We Trust’ on money and the federal holiday of Christmas, along with the practice of swearing in witnesses with a Bible and an oath that ends: ‘so help me God.'”

Stupid Question website, Nov. 1, 1999

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Other
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Columnist, StupidQuestion.net
Education:
  • None found
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Why Can One Pledge to Tell the Truth "under God" (or Affirm) in Court?