Last updated on: 3/10/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

National Legal Foundation Biography

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

“Throughout our nation’s history, our government has openly declared its faith in, and reliance upon, God and His favor. This history is a source of pride to some, and of embarrassment to others, but it is our history, nonetheless…Acknowledgement of God in the Pledge of Allegiance will no more endanger the Establishment Clause than does the Biblical inscription on the Liberty Bell, or the national motto on our coins.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, National Legal Foundation Amicus Brief, June 12, 2006

Description:

“The National Legal Foundation (NLF) is a 501c(3) public interest law firm dedicated to the defense of First Amendment liberties and to the restoration of the moral and religious foundation on which America was built. The NLF has an interest, on behalf of its constituents and supporters, in the continued recognition of God in the Pledge of Allegiance.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, National Legal Foundation Amicus Brief, June 12, 2006

Mission:

“The mission of the National Legal Foundation is to prayerfully create and implement innovative strategies that, through decisive action, will cause America’s public policy and legal system to support and facilitate God’s purpose for her. We do not merely wish to carve out a ‘safe haven’ for religion. Nor do we want to go back to some better day. Rather, we want to go on to something greater than we have ever known before.

We will accomplish this by:
Vigilantly protecting America’s legal system from being usurped to ends which run counter to God’s purposes;

Creatively using the legal system to undo the damage of those who have called good ‘evil’ and evil ‘good’;

Pursuing legal and policy means of ensuring that all levels of government reward good and punish evil;

Training generations of Christian scholars, statesman, lawyers, and jurists who will perpetuate this vision and impact the nation;

Educating the American people regarding legal and public policy issues and fighting for the adoption of those positions which further God’s purposes; and by

Using and gaining a broad acceptance of explicitly Biblical arguments in legal and policy debates. In pursuing this mission, we will litigate, publish, conduct seminars, testify before various governmental bodies, and utilize ever-changing technology.

We will conduct ourselves at all times with the utmost integrity and in such a way as to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.”

National Legal Foundation website (accessed Apr. 30, 2007)

Other:
Non-profit 501(c)(3)