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

Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) Biography

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

“The words ‘under God’ in the Pledge…are permissible expressions of patriotism and do not violate the Establishment Clause. The drafters of the Pledge intended that it should be read by school children to encourage a profound respoect for the origins on this country. References to a supreme being can be found in numerous historical documents including the Declaration of Independence. It is also found on the nation’s currency and in the National Motto. The inclusion of the words ‘under God’ does not detract from recognition that the Pledge is an expression of patriotism.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, Pacific Legal Foundation Amicus Brief, Dec. 18, 2003

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Description:

“Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) is the largest and most experienced nonprofit, tax-exempt public interest law foundation of its kind in America. Founded in 1973, PLF provides a voice in the courts for mainstream Americans who believe in limited government, private property rights, individual freedoms, and free enterprise.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, Pacific Legal Foundation Amicus Brief, Dec. 18, 2003

Mission:

“On March 5, 1973, government regulators and environmental extremists found a foe, mainstream Americans found a friend; liberty in America found new meaning. On that day, Pacific Legal Foundation was established turning the voices that wouldn’t be heard into the voices that couldn’t be silenced. Since then, PLF has filled the void and has proven itself as a potent representative in the courts for Americans who have grown weary of overregulation by big government, overindulgence by the courts, and excessive interference in the American way of life.”

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

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