Last updated on: 3/10/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

World Pantheist Movement Biography

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

“Amicus presents the considerable diversity of tests used by this Court in weighing whether government actions tending to establish religion are barred by the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Amicus argues that the Congress’s addition of the words ‘Under God’ to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954 violates all of those tests, and further, that the Elk Grove Unified School District’s current policy requiring the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance including that language both violates the Establishment Clause and constitutes compulsion of speech as prohibited by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Amicus further argues that the Elk Grove Unified School District’s policy of requiring the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance including ‘Under God’ violates Constitutionally protected interests of the family unit.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, World Pantheist Movement Amicus Brief, 2003

Description:

“World Pantheist Movement (WPM), incorporated in 1998. WPM has members in all U.S. states and operates with the central goal of promoting reverence for nature and the Universe.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, World Pantheist Movement Amicus Brief, 2003

Mission:

“The WPM is based on natural/scientific pantheism, reverence for the Universe and Nature without belief in supernatural entities; celebration of life rather than afterlife; and active concern for nature conservation and human rights. The World Pantheist Movement promotes these beliefs and values as a religious alternative to supernatural-focused religions. It develops means of communication between pantheists, including Internet communities and local and regional groups, publishes informational material about pantheism, and aims to create a network of celebrants to facilitate naturalistic funerals and weddings. The WPM also actively promotes the conservation of nature, has a system of voluntary wildlife reserves and organizes members to save rainforest. The WPM opened for membership in 1999, and has members in 54 countries.”

World Pantheist Movement website (accessed Apr. 30, 2007)

Other:
Non-profit 501(c)(3)