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

Rutherford Institute Biography

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

“From the earliest days of colonization to the inception and expansion of the American Republic, our nation’s government has never been symbolically neutral with regard to the existence and providence of God. Senator Homer Ferguson understood this when, in 1954, he proposed to amend the Pledge of Allegiance toinclude the words ‘under God.’…In his words, ‘The phrase ‘under God’ recognizes only the guidance of God in our national affairs, it does nothing to establish a religion.'”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, The Rutherford Institute Amicus Brief, Dec. 12, 2003

Description:

“The Rutherford Institute is an international non-profit civil liberties organization headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia. Founded in 1982 by its President, John W. Whitehead, the Institute specializes in providing free legal representation to individuals whose civil liberties are threatened or infringed and in educating the public about constitutional and human rights issues.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, The Rutherford Institute Amicus Brief, Dec. 12, 2003

Mission:

“The Institute’s mission is twofold: to provide legal services in the defense of religious and civil liberties and to educate the public on important issues affecting their constitutional freedoms.”

The Rutherford Institute website (accessed Apr. 30, 2007)

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