Last updated on: 5/29/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

William Rehnquist, JD Biography

Title:
Former Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“Under God [is] in no sense a prayer, nor an endorsement of any religion… reciting the Pledge is a patriotic exercise, not a religious one.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow, June 14, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Named Chief Justice of the Supreme Court under Reagan, 1986
  • Named to the Supreme Court under Nixon, 1972
Education:
  • JD, 1st in class, Stanford Law School, 1953
  • MA, Government, Harvard University, 1950
  • BA and MA, Political Science, Stanford University, 1948
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is the Pledge of Allegiance a Religious Exercise?
  2. Did the Founding Fathers Support a Separation of Church and State?
  3. From a Legal Perspective, Do the Words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance Improperly Endorse Religion?