Last updated on: 6/11/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Michael Newdow, JD, MD Biography

Title:
Founder of the First Amendmist Church of True Science
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“The First Amendment states ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.’ As I understand it, this resulted from the Framers’ awareness of the persecution and animosity that inevitably accompanies state religions. With this in mind, they made the decision to ensure religious freedom by keeping the government out of that sensitive area. Personally, I think this was a good idea. And even if I didn’t, it’s one of the fundamental rules of our society. Thus, when I see our Pledge of Allegiance containing the words ‘under God,’ I see a gross violation of one of our foremost Constitutional mandates.”

Restore the Pledge website (accessed 2005)

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Individuals with JD's, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to government and constitutional law. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to government and constitutional law.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Emergency room physician on a “locum tenens” basis, 1979-Present
  • Filed lawsuits challenging the Constitutionality of “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, 2005-2007
  • Filed a challenge to the use of chaplains at presidential inaugurations, 2004
  • Obtained Doctor of the Universe Degree, 1998
  • Founded the First Amendmist Church of True Science (FACTS), 1997
  • Ordained minister, Universal Life Church, 1977
  • Holds medical licenses in California, Florida (inactive), New Jersey (inactive), Michigan, North Carolina, and Virginia
  • First Place recipient, Delta Omega Honorary Society of Public Health Student Essay Contest, writing on “Empowering the Disadvantaged: Social Justice in Public Health.”
Education:
  • Fellowship, Olive View program, University of California Los Angeles, 1994-1996
  • JD, University of Michigan Law School, 1988
  • Internship, Kings County Medical Center, New York, 1978-1979
  • MD, University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine, 1978
  • BS, Biology, Brown University, 1974
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Words "under God" Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?
  2. Should the Words "under God" Remain in the Pledge if a Majority of Americans Want to Keep It?
  3. Should the Pledge of Allegiance Be Removed from the Jurisdiction of Federal Courts?
  4. Should "In God We Trust" Be Removed from US Currency?