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Should Students Recite the Pledge of Allegiance?

Find out how Southwest Minneapolis Patch readers responded when we asked that question.

Should students be required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance?
Should students be required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance?
Written by Sarah Worthman

When students head back to the classroom in just a few weeks, they'll start each day with the Pledge of Allegiance — a tradition that goes back generations.

In Minnesota, as is the case with most states, classrooms in public schools are required to offer the pledge or the National Anthem daily, but students are not required to actually stand up and recite it. Most do, of course, but some students object to the phrase "Under God" and refuse to take part in the daily routine.

The issue has surfaced nationally. Earlier this year, a state lawmaker in Arizona introduced a bill to require students to recite the pledge. Other states, including Oregon and Nebraska, have had discussions on whether to require the pledge to be recited in schools.

But, what do you think? Should all students be required to recite the pledge? Should schools be required to offer it? Tell us what you think in the comments. Some people already have shared their thoughts.
Leah August 18, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Actually, Mike B, as a person who believes in god, if you were doing it right, you would not bow to a false idol (this being the flag) and worship it as such. You should only bow down to god. Some religions do not say the "flag of allegiance" due to that belief. Religion and the state do not mix and do not have any right being intertwined.
David August 19, 2013 at 10:47 AM
Is this really worth arguing about? The schools are upholding the tradition and students are allowed to opt out if they choose. Although Jesse's views are not consistent with my own, I think that it is a very respectful compromise. His children can express their beliefs and they are not interfering with anyone else's right to do so. There is no need to rewrite the laws and the traditions of this country, because of a word and it is not our place (and especially not the government's) to tell people how to raise their children.
Mike B. August 19, 2013 at 08:42 PM
David.... Jesse admits that he prohibits his children to say "under God." That is indeed an example of bad parenting, but one that is consistent with the left-wing parental ideology. It's no wonder so many youths from liberal households grow up with behavioral issues later in life. They have no moral compass.
Jesse Lykken August 23, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Dear Mr. 'B' (why are you so afraid?). S-A-R-C-A-S-M. Actually, I force them against their will to say "under God". Does that make me a better parent in your eyes?
Mike B. August 24, 2013 at 01:45 PM
To this very day, Congresswoman Betty McCollum, representing the far-left in St. Paul, rightly is held in ridicule by most Minnesotans for her refusal to say "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance on the U.S. House of Representatives floor a couple of years ago. As most Patch posters know, a House member is chosen to recite the Pledge in the House chamber. Ms. McCollum hijacked the Pledge and purposely left out "under God," which was a slap in the face and insult to Minnesotans. I urge citizens who are represented by this snarling far-left woman to vote for her Republican challenger in 2014.

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