Tuesday night is the Great Pledge Debate at Oak Ridge High School
All Oak Ridge students and their families are welcome. Matt Hodgins the arranger of the event.
1120 Harvard Way
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
Steve Ferry, President Elect
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EL DORADO HILLS
The Pledge of Allegiance is the subject of controversy surprisingly often, particularly because its use in public schools was resolved more than half a century ago. In 1943, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that students could not be required to recite the pledge.
And yet in the last year alone, the pledge drove many headlines:
- In November, a three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston unanimously affirmed a federal decision that the phrase “one nation under God” could be included in the voluntary recitation of the pledge in public school and did not violate the principle of separation of church and state.
- Last October, a Mississippi judge jailed a lawyer who refused to recite the pledge at the beginning of a court session.
- The Eugene, Ore., City Council was criticized by some for not being patriotic enough when it decided to start saying the pledge at its meetings, but limited the recitation to four times a year.
Under current law, students continue to have the right not to say the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools, although they may be asked to stand while others do. It’s a solution that has worked reasonably well and allows students to make a choice.
It’s possible to craft legislation that would limit the use of the pledge by public schools, but no law could ever limit the right of individual students to say the pledge on their own, possibly around a flagpole before school starts or in their free time during the day. Government can limit its own policies and procedures, but not our personal patriotism.