Bill mandating students recite pledge of allegiance daily goes to governor

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  • Schwa South Jordan, UT
    March 7, 2012 10:38 p.m.

    If we don't force kids, under penalty of law, to swear an Oath to the nation every morning and give praise to God "we could lose this country"? Really, Sandstrom? Hyperbole much?

    Somehow, I can't imagine this being Constitutional. So thanks for wasting taxpayer money on more message bills that will only get our state sued and make us look like a state stuck in the 50s.

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 7, 2012 8:04 p.m.

    leave it to the Utah legislature to render the pledge of allegiance and the flag meaningless.

  • Jordan B. Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2012 7:32 p.m.

    This looks like an example of treating a symptom rather than the real problem(s). Kids not reciting the pledge at school or feeling unpatriotic are only symptoms of deeper, harder-to-solve problems like apathy and ingratitude. Forced patriotism also sounds a lot more like the oppressive tyranny that leads to revolutions rather than the Âliberty...for all included in the pledge itself.

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    March 7, 2012 7:19 p.m.

    This legislation is political grandstanding and is abhorrent.

    Do not sign it, Guv.

    March 7, 2012 5:29 p.m.

    nothing like forced nationalism to get kids to respect our country.

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 7, 2012 5:14 p.m.

    so forcing kids to recite the pledge of allegiance will save our freedoms? does anyone else (not) see the failure in logic?

  • Earl Sandy, UT
    March 7, 2012 3:20 p.m.

    If this is the only thing that will save the country, it doesn't deserve to be saved. The very idea that such pseudo-patriotism should overcome the damage done by our legislative and executive office holders is nothing short of frightening. Take into account that the pledge was the idea of a defrocked socialistic cleric who imagined a one-world government one day with America leading the way, and then you begin to see just how misguided the pledge and the mandatory recitation of it is. This needs to be vetoed.

  • On the other hand Spanish Fork, UT
    March 7, 2012 1:54 p.m.

    Rep. Sandstrom: "If we don't do this, we could lose this country."

    Really, Rep. Sandstrom? Is paranoia now one of Utah's governing principles?