Last updated on: 9/24/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

National Jewish Commission on Law and Public Affairs (COLPA) Biography

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

“A declaration in our Pledge of Allegiance that we are ‘one nation under God’ is not a preference of one theological teaching over another, or an official endorsement of any one faith or group of beliefs. It is, rather, the expression of what has always been acknowledged by humankind…The text of the Pledge of Allegiance recognizes that self-evident truth, fully confirmed by American history, on behalf of the people of the United States of America.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, National Jewish Commission on Law and Public Affairs Amicus Brief, Dec. 2003

Description:

“The National Jewish Commission on Law and Public Affairs (‘COLPA’) is an organization of volunteer lawyers that advocates the position of the Orthodox Jewish community on legal issues affecting religious rights and liberties in the United States. Over the past 35 years, COLPA has filed amicus curiae briefs in this Court in 29 cases involving the Religion Clause of the First Amendment.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, National Jewish Commission on Law and Public Affairs Amicus Brief, Dec. 2003

Mission:

“Since 1965, COLPA has been committed to addressing and resolving these conflicts through mediation, negotiation, and, when required, litigation, as well as through legislative initiatives. From its modest beginnings, COLPA has grown into an influential body of hundreds of attorneys, social scientists, academicians and others who share a commitment to resolving these problems within the context of the law.”

“The Legal Arm of Observant Jewry,” Jewish Law website, www.jlaw.com, (accessed Sep. 24, 2009)

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