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

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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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:
  • 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?