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Pledge of Allegiance Debate: 19 Politicians Who Have Shown Support for 'Under God'

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By    |   Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 07:06 PM

The Pledge of Allegiance has come under attack for calling the United States a nation “under God.” Members of the American Humanist Association are pushing to have the phrase removed, calling it discriminatory for citizens who do not believe in a higher power.  The U.S. Supreme Court has stopped short of making a decision on the matter, while most politicians support the historical and cultural basis for the phrase.

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A 2006 measure in the U.S. House of Representatives garnered wide bipartisan support to take the issue away from the court system. The measure followed a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that ruled the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional. Many believed that protecting “under God” was an important step to protect “millions of Americans who proudly recite the pledge as a statement of our shared national values and aspirations.”

Representatives on both sides of the aisle who supported the measure were: Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.), Rep. Dan Boren (D-Okla.), Rep. Ben Chandler (D-Ky.), Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas), Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Rep. Bob Beauprez (R-Colo.), Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.), Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa), Rep. Todd Platts (R-Pa.), and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.).

Other politicians have shown support for the phrase in other venues:

Rep. Dick Gephardt (D-Mo.): “I favor the retention of the words “under God.” In the House of Representatives, we have the words over the speakers' desk “In God We Trust.” I think that is an appropriate reference in our Pledge of Allegiance,” Gephardt told The Washington Post in 2003.

Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.): In response to a lawsuit about the “under God” phrasing in the Pledge of Allegiance, Akin introduced the Pledge Protection Act in four consecutive sessions in an attempt to limit the court’s ability to rule on the Pledge of Allegiance.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas): Cruz believes Americans should not only be able to say the words ‘under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance, but has also defended the right of students to observe a moment of silence in schools. He believes the issues are a protection of free speech and religious expression.

Sen. Mary Landrieu (R-La.): “It is clear to most of us at least that we believe God is infallible, but clearly these judges are not. This case and this decision are very disappointing to many of us, and I am sure around the Nation it has caused a great deal of anxiety, anguish, disappointment, and anger.” – In response to a 2002 ruling of 9th Circuit Court against “under God” language in the Pledge of Allegiance

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.): “It is a part of our culture. It is not legitimate, in my view, for the Supreme Court or its subsidiary courts to come in and declare that it is in violation of the Constitution … There is nothing in the Constitution about a law of separation between church and state.” – In response to a 2002 ruling of the 9th circuit court against “under God” language in the Pledge of Allegiance

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