Bill to require K-12 pledge recitation advances in Senate


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  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 28, 2012 9:06 a.m.

    A state legislator trying to fool us into thinking he is an honest, upstanding, patriotic American by forcing people to say a couple of sentences every morning is no different than wearing a flag lapel pin.

    What really counts is not words or symbols. It's honesty.

    Wouldn't proposing a strict set of ethical standards for public servants be a better idea?

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Feb. 28, 2012 6:13 a.m.

    Even a good idea can be seen as a bad one. While I agree with the pledge being important, requiring it by law removes freedom that is promised by the Government. Ironically, this bill probably is unconstitutional.

  • ThatsSoUtah Fredericksburg, VA
    Feb. 28, 2012 5:24 a.m.

    Let's get this in before this discussion goes very far. The phrase "under god" was not in the original pledge of allegiance and was not added until the 1950's. The original pledge of allegiance was:

    "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

  • tabuno Clearfield, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 10:12 p.m.

    This ironically symbolic effort on the part of Utah politicians is bound fail and be stayed and overturned in the Federal Courts once again with more precious state taxpayer dollars wasted on an inevitable lawsuit that has already been to the U.S. Supreme and has since become standard case law as established in the Court's decision in Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943).

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 5:55 p.m.

    I am not so sure that reciting the pledge will increase student appreciation for the American system. But I am sure that good, honest discussions of both the good and bad moments of the American story can foster student interest in the American experience. For that we need intelligent and trained history teachers and smaller class sizes, educational elements the legislature has been reluctant to support.

  • UTAH Bill Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 27, 2012 4:41 p.m.

    Ah... Utah, the land of automatons.