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POLL: Do We Need a State Law Requiring Pledge of Allegiance in Schools?

House will consider joining Senate to make daily ceremonies mandatory.

We’re one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all – a familiar phrase that some state legislators believe should be a required way for students to start each day.

The House Education Committee on Wednesday passed a bill to mandate Pledge of Allegiance ceremonies daily in public elementary and secondary schools. Students still could choose not to recite it.

A companion proposal, also sent to the full House, would require an American flag in each classroom.

"It's about the foundation of our country," Committee Chair Lisa Posthumus Lyons, a Republican, is quoted by Mlive Media Group as saying after this week’s vote. "It gets students thinking about the United States and what we stand for."

Democrats joined Republicans in voting 16-1 in favor of the Pledge bill and 15-2 to require flags.

Rep. Doug Geiss, D-Taylor, dissented on both votes. "I just don't know that it's a problem," he said, according to MLive. "Schools are reciting the pledge. And if you find one that’s not, take it up with the school board because it should be a board decision."

Michigan senators passed similar bills last November in a move to join 43 states requiring that pupils at least hear the Pledge each school day.

The issue, which has arisen around the country, was . David Holden, elected to the board last November, proposed a requirement that all students begin the day with the 19-word Pledge – not currently recited in the Washtenaw County district’s middle school or high school. "It works very well with some of the things we are trying to do to discourage bullying," he said Jan. 10. "It was the original diversity document before people started talking about diversity."

The well-known Pledge was written in 1892 by Frank Bellamy, a Baptist minister from New York. Congress added the words "under God" in 1954.

What do you think? Tell us in the poll or comments below.

Don June 13, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Agree, Linda. When we were kids there was an American Flag in each classroom, as well in front of the school We also had special days that the whole school would go outside, weather permitting, and have a Flag Raising ceremony, a song, God Bless America, and the pledge. Sad this doesn't happen anymore. As well, people from other nations came to this country to start a new life, to become Americans. Seems this also has changed, now some want to bring their countries here and make us bow down to their cultures. This I refuse to do, and my reply to these people, if you don't like America and what it stands for, then go back to the country you came from. Remember, if we were a guest in your country, we would have to follow your laws and customs, at least have the respect to follow our customs, beliefs, and laws.
Ferndale Resident June 13, 2012 at 08:04 PM
My two cents on this: nobody should be forced to pledge allegiance. People will argue this stance is unpatriotic, but I agree with the above poster in that forced allegiance is not true allegiance. I have the same memories as many of you do, of standing up each morning and saying the Pledge. It's something I still do to this day. But to use taxpayer money to make a law out of this? I think that's going a bit too far. Besides, it's the land of the free. So long as you're not hurting anyone or violating any laws, you're free to do as you please. And Don, as far as your comment is concerned, I totally agree. People should respect our customs and not force us to bow down to theirs. Mind you, I'm not saying people should totally abandon their cultures when they come to the US, but I believe we're being forced to change a lot of our time-honored traditions because people are being offended.
Chloe July 20, 2012 at 06:40 PM
No flag no pledge.
Jesse Williams July 20, 2012 at 06:44 PM
As a rampant Libertarian, I believe that each district should create their own regulations. Maybe that regulation itself should include whether or not to add "under God."
Jesse Williams July 20, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Well, and Chloe is right. They can't say the pledge if they don't have a flag. That part isn't really acceptable in my opinion.

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