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Should you be able to opt out of the Pledge of Allegiance?

Well according to a report in The Daily Caller a Delaware high school said you can and they have backing from the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Delaware high school first came under quite a bit of heat for allegedly threatening to punish a student who refused to stand while reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

The American Humanist Association, an atheist group,  stepped in and sent a letter to the school pointing out a 1943 Supreme Court ruling which gives students the right to opt out of the pledge of Allegiance.

Did you know about this Supreme Court ruling?

Well they did, see the West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette case. The 1943, is a decision by the Supreme Court of the United States holding that the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution protected students from being forced to salute the American flag and say the Pledge of Allegiance in school.

Do you agree with it?

There appears to be no religious reason for not saying the Pledge of Allegiance, so why not pledge your allegiance to your country.

Could it be the words “Under God” that disturbs these students and the atheist group, is so do not say “under god”.

As reported in the article the atheist letter to the school stated the following:

 “After class, [the teacher] admonished the student, telling him that he is required to stand up during the Pledge and that it is ‘disrespectful’ to remain seated.  She threatened the student with punishment if he remained seated again. Afterwards, [the teacher] approached the student in the hallway, in front of his peers, to tell the student publicly that he was disrespectful to her and to his fellow classmates for remaining seated. The student was understandably humiliated by his teacher’s actions in singling him out for exercising his constitutional rights.”

The school responded to the atheist letter as quoted in the article stating:

“No effort is being made to persuade students to refrain from exercising their respective right to opt out, and no discipline has been, or will be, administered for opting out of the pledge.”

What does it say about an elementary or high school student if they do not want to say the Pledge of Allegiance?

What does it say about his parents possible?

Why not respect this great country where you receive so many blessings on top of freedom.

Let’s discuss this tomorrow (Monday) on my show, The Live with Renk show, which airs Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to noon, to let me know your thoughts at (269) 441-9595.

Or please feel free to start a discussion and write your thoughts in the comment section.