Should Students Be Forced to Say the Pledge of Allegiance?

Should Students Be Forced to Say the Pledge of Allegiance?

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

The Pledge of Allegiance is a staple salute to America, its origin, and its exceptionalism.

However, some people are upset with a lawmaker in Arizona who wants to pass legislation that requires students to recite it unless they have written permission from their parents to remain silent.

House Bill 2107

The proposed law, House Bill 2107, was introduced in December by Rep. John Fillmore (R-AZ). He got the idea for the bill after realizing that the majority of children no longer say the Pledge of Allegiance. During an interview, Fillmore said:

“I am trying to get kids exposed to the greatness of America … To understand that people die to come to our country. It seems our educational system is so focused on equity and feelings and things of that nature.”

Fillmore brings up a prevalent sentiment among the younger generations. Children are taught to take pride in their gender and sexuality. But, pride in their country seems to be disappearing.

Some people see the good in Fillmore’s bill, while others are outraged.

Freedom of Speech

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) claims that the bill is unconstitutional. There’s quite a bit of support behind the ACLU with this notion. In fact, it seems like it has become more acceptable among today’s younger generation to show disgust and disdain for our country than to take pride in being one of its citizens.

Opponents of the bill claim two things. Forcing students to say the Pledge of Allegiance takes away their right to free speech. They also believe that the pledge isn’t a sign of patriotism at all.

Apparently, it’s just a way to brainwash children into having some form of patriotism. For a counter to this claim, watch this short video.

What oppositionists don’t fully appreciate is that the Pledge of Allegiance acts as a reminder of America’s accomplishments. It calls for everyone in our country to appreciate the freedoms that we have and to be thankful to the countless soldiers who died to defend our country.

Parents and teachers have to make kids perform many activities for their own good; showering, brushing teeth, going to school, etc. Are the rights of children being infringed upon because their parents force them to do something that will benefit them in the future?

Clearly, the answer is no.

The same logic applies to making children say the Pledge of Allegiance. This simple action alone helps children to appreciate our country, our flag, and the right to liberty and justice for all Americans.

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