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William Rehnquist, JD Biography

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

“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
  • JD, 1st in class, Stanford Law School, 1953
  • MA, Government, Harvard University, 1950
  • BA and MA, Political Science, Stanford University, 1948
  • 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. Do the Words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance Improperly Endorse Religion?