Required to stand for the Pledge?
sjamar at law.howard.edu
Fri Sep 10 19:10:16 PDT 2004
On Friday, September 10, 2004, at 09:03 PM, Robert O'Brien wrote:
>> Mark Scarberry is dead on; the school can attempt to persuade the
>> student to say the secular parts of the Pledge. Government can lead
>> opinion, or attempt to, on secular matters, but not on religious
> Does this not conflict with the key passage of Barnette: "No public
> official, high or petty, can decide what shall be orthodox in politics,
> nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force others to
> confess their faith therein by word or deed"?
No. The government can teach all kinds of things, including respect
for country. But it cannot punish those who disagree or force
adherence to the government line.
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