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New Arizona Bill Makes It Mandatory For Children To Recite The Pledge of Allegiance In School

New Arizona Bill Makes It Mandatory For Children To Recite The Pledge of Allegiance In School

Back in 1943, the Supreme Court ruled against making the pledge a compulsory ordeal in schools.

In Arizona, Republican Representative John Fillmore has introduced a bill that would require students to say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning unless excused by a parent, reports Fox 10. This has resulted in mixed opinions. Currently, students are not required to recite the pledge, but schools have to provide kids with time if they wish to recite it. Governor Doug Ducey told reporters that he was completely in favor of students reciting the pledge and that he wasn't aware they weren't currently required to do so. "I'm a fan of the Pledge of Allegiance," he said, according to AZCentral.com. "I would be hopeful that all of our kids, especially our kids in grade school, would begin each day with the pledge."



 

However, Governor Ducey stopped short of saying he supported the bill. "I don't comment on laws as they're traveling through the Legislature," he said. "I just think it's a great idea for kids in grade school to start the day with the pledge." The ACLU opposed Republican Fillmore's bill, and their argument was that it's unconstitutional. Spokeswoman Marcela Taracena said that compelling students to recite the pledge is a violation of their First Amendment rights.



 

She also added that students should have the right to decide whether they want to say the pledge or not and not be forced to do it. Back in 1943, the Supreme Court ruled against making the pledge a compulsory ordeal in schools. The fact that parental consent is needed to get out of participation is probably only going to force kids to recite the pledge which is far from ideal. 

A 2008 ruling in a Florida Court upheld that state's law providing an opt-out with parental permission. Nevertheless, a 2004 ruling in Pennsylvania struck down a law that required schools to notify parents if their kids didn't participate in reciting the pledge. Representative John Fillmore will not be up for consideration until January. As mentioned earlier, people have mixed opinions about forcing kids to recite the pledge in schools. 



 

Mary Rixey wrote: "Those adults who do not wish to recite the pledge should be escorted out of our country !!! Children being educated in our school system should be required to say the pledge. When they are adults they can decide whether to say it or not." John Syler added: "Forced fraternity is not patriotism. We are sovereign individuals not subjects of a state. Some of the most patriotic people are the ones standing up to wrongs committed by the government. If you are questioning my patriotism I salute the flag, say the pledge and spent 24 years in uniform. I fully support the right of others not to."



 



 



 

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