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Pat Robertson, JD Biography

Title:
Founder and Chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“Every constitution of the fifty states which make up our union contains a reference to God. Oaths sworn in court use the phrase ‘…so help me God.’ The Supreme Court convenes with a prayer, ‘God save this honorable court.’ We are, and have continued to be, a religious people since our founding.

Now, a tiny minority is using the federal court system to attempt to dismantle our entire public affirmation of faith in God. After the shocking events of September 11th, I was asked on television interviews, ‘Where was God in all of this?’ The court should realize that if something much more terrible than September 11th befalls our beloved nation, the answer to the question ‘Where was God in all of this (?) may well be ‘He was excluded by the 9th Circuit.'”

Patrobertson.com, June 26, 2002

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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:
  • Founder and President, American Center for Law and Justice, 1990-present
  • President and Chancellor, Regent University, 1977-present
  • Founder and Chairman, The Christian Broadcasting Network, 1960-present
  • State of Israel Friendship Award, Zionist Organization of America, 2002
  • Founder and Co-Chairman, International Family Entertainment Inc., 1990-1997
  • John Connor Humanitarian Service Award, Operation Smile International, 1994
  • America’s 100 Cultural Elite, Newsweek, 1992
  • Christian Broadcaster of the Year, National Religious Broadcasters, 1989
  • Man of the Year, Students for America, 1988
  • Man of the Year, Women’s National Republican Club, 1984
  • Humanitarian of the Year, Food for the Hungry, 1982
  • Founder and Boardmember, Operation Blessing International Relief and Development Corporation, 1978
Education:
  • MDiv, New York Theological Seminary, 1959
  • JD, Yale University Law School, 1955
  • BA, History, Washington & Lee University, 1950
Other:
  • Legal name is Marion Gordon Robertson
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Words "under God" Remain in the Pledge if a Majority of Americans Want to Keep It?