Thursday, June 14, 2012

TIH: 1943, Supreme Court's Barnette Decision

In a great victory for freedom of speech, in the midst of World War II, (June 14, 1943)  the Supreme Court courageously ruled that school children cannot be forced to salute the American flag and recite the pledge of allegiance. In one of the Court's most famous quotes, the majority stated:
"If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein."
Anytime the government attempts to dictate what is "politically correct,"  I hope the Supreme Court will stand up and say "No."

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