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

National Education Association (NEA) Biography

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

“The fact that the Pledge, in describing the character and history of that Republic, refers to the nation as ‘under God’ does not convert the Pledge into a state-sponsored profession of religious belief such as would violate the Establishment Clause. Rather, the words are best understood as a reflection of the simple historical fact that the Founders believed in a supreme being, and that their belief led them to dedicate the nation to the fundamental secular precept that all men have unalienable rights to liberty and justice.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, National Education Association Amicus Brief, Dec. 19, 2003

Description:

“The National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA’s 3.2 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.”

National Education Association website (accessed Apr. 30, 2007)

Mission:

“Our mission is to advocate for education professionals and to unite our members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world.”

National Education Association 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?