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Topic: Should Kids Be Required To Say The Pledge Of Allegiance In Class?
 
 
“Failure to conform is ‘insubordination’ dealt with by expulsion. Readmission is denied by statute until compliance. Meanwhile, the expelled child is ‘unlawfully absent’ and may be proceeded against as a delinquent. His parents or guardians are liable to prosecution and if convicted are subject to fine not exceeding $50 and jail term not exceeding 30 days.” - Justice Robert H. Jackson
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Children in America are frequently required to say the Pledge of Allegiance. While courts have held that the pledge does not violate Constitutional Rights, it has constantly been challenged over the concept of religious freedom, particularly among Jehovah's Witness.
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"Forcing patriotism is not the answer"
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Forcing patriotism is not the answer

Once patriotism becomes rote and unthinking, it's not really patriotism - it's robotic.

 

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"Sincerity is not reached by mandating action"
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Sincerity is not reached by mandating action

Once patriotism becomes rote and unthinking, it's not really patriotism - it's robotic.


 

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"All information about the Pledge of Allegiance is not accurate"
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All information about the Pledge of Allegiance is not accurate

There’s a common right-wing meme, endlessly reposted on Facebook, that somehow the Pledge was forbidden in schools for fear of “offending” someone. Never mind that the meme is incorrect, and merely another attempt to gin up fear and outrage.

 

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"Changes in leadership can impact allegiance"
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Changes in leadership can impact allegiance

In the 1930's, Germany was swept away by fascism and the meaning of patriotism in that nation changed dramatically. This proves conclusively that the words crafted to patriotically support a country can lose their meaning almost overnight, under certain leadership changes. At what point is a person obligated to take a stand?

 

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"Trump’s impact on Pledge of Allegiance in schools"
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Trump’s impact on Pledge of Allegiance in schools

Before more students' rights are threatened, this needs to stop. Not only does it go against basic American principles to threaten students about speaking up – it's also blatantly unconstitutional for a public school to do this.

 

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"God not mentioned in first Pledge of Allegiance"
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God not mentioned in first Pledge of Allegiance

The original version of the Pledge of Allegiance did not include the words “under God.” The patriotic oath – attributed to a Baptist minister named Francis Bellamy and published in a children’s magazine in September 1892 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ voyage to America – read: “I pledge allegiance to my flag and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

 

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▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
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▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
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Link: The ugly history of the Pledge of Allegiance — and why it matters Christopher Petrella, The Washington Post
 
 
Link: Take the Pledge of Allegiance out of school Tracy Moran, Ozy.com
 
 
Link: You Must Know Why the Pledge of Allegiance is SO Important Historyplex..
 
 
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Link: Pledge of Allegiance Fast Facts CNN Library

 
 
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A nation of freedom that requires a pledged oath represents a complicated issue. Dissent is allowed in the United States, but with certain exceptions. When a religion requires that its adherents pledge their oath only to God, it creates an unsolvable situation that is left to the courts. It is important to note that substantial patriotism in the US existed well before the Pledge of Allegiance was first written in 1892.
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