Essay on The Pledge of Allegiance in the Public School System

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The Pledge of Allegiance in the Public School System The Pledge of Allegiance has become a major issue for students, teachers, parents and lawmakers. The original intention of the pledge was not to stir up trouble, but for a celebration of Christopher Columbus discovery of the new world. The pledge is no longer thought of as a celebration, but an infringement on children's religious beliefs. Do you believe that children's rights are being infringed on? Some people believe that the pledge is a great honor for our country. It has shown, and provided us with great pride just like our American flag. The Pledge of Allegiance being recited in the public school system does not infringe on the students religious beliefs, but is a way for us to …show more content…
The House members were, so infuriated with the decision that they stood on the front steps of the Capitol and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. White House press secretary Ari Fleischer (2002) said that, "I think the decision will not sit well with the American people. Certainly, it does not sit well with the president of the United States". As of today, the Pledge of Allegiance has faced many court hearings. In 1942 Congress acknowledged the Pledge of Allegiance, "In June 1943, the Supreme Court ruled that school children could not be forced to recite it" (Streufert, 2005, The original Pledge of Allegiance ¶ 1). One of the first court cases to received public attention is West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette. Even though in 1943 the Supreme Court decided to let children choose whether they wanted to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, by not reciting it they still got punished by the school. In 1998 a 13-year-old Jehovah's Witness was made to stand in the rain for 15 minutes because he opted out of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance (Hudson, 2006). As of today we still do not understand why Pledge of Allegiance 5 the school punished the 13-year-old for not reciting the pledge even thought there was a law giving children the choice to opt out. In April 1998, a detention was severed to a 16-year-old girl for not reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in class, Hudson (2006) stated. The well publicized cases to

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