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W. Todd Akin, MDiv Biography

Title:
U.S. Representative (R - MO)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“The decision that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional reflects a misunderstanding of our Constitution. Belief in a Creator is central to the ideas upon which our nation was founded. To suggest that listening to the Pledge of Allegiance may harm any child is absurd. To block schools from allowing the pledge ads [sic] arrogance to the absurdity.”

Press Release, July 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:
  • U.S. Representative (Republican – Missouri), 2000-present
  • Representative, Missouri State House of Representatives, 1988-2000
  • Member, United States Constitutional Bicentennial Commission, 1987
  • Officer, United States Army, 1972-1980
  • Guardian of Seniors Rights, 60-Plus Association
  • Hero of the Taxpayer, Americans for Tax Reform
  • Champion of Small Business, Small Business Survival Committee
Education:
  • MDiv, Covenant Seminary, 1985
  • BS, Management Engineering, Worchester Polytechnic Institute, 1971
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Words "under God" Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?
  2. Should the Pledge of Allegiance Be Removed from the Jurisdiction of Federal Courts?