Last updated on: 5/28/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

US Department of Justice (DOJ) Biography

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

“For more than two hundred years, many of our expressions of national identity and patriotism have referenced God. The Supreme Court, which opens each session by saying ‘God save the United States and this honorable Court,’ has affirmed time and again that such official acknowledgments of our Nation’s religious heritage, foundation, and character are constitutional. The Department of Justice will continue vigorously to defend the ability of American schoolchildren to pledge allegiance to the flag.”

Press Release, Sep. 15, 2005

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Other
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“A cabinet-level department within the U.S. government.”

United States Department of Justice website (accessed Aug. 13, 2007)

Mission:

“To enforce the law and defend the interests of the United “States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; to administer and enforce the Nation’s immigration laws fairly and effectively; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.”

United States Department of Justice website (accessed Aug. 13, 2007)

Other:
Government organization
Quoted in:
  1. Should the US President Say "So Help Me God" with a Hand on the Bible When Taking Office?
  2. From a Legal Perspective, Do the Words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance Improperly Endorse Religion?
  3. Does Public School Recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance Constitute Undue Coercion?