Michigan Lawmakers Pass Pledge of Allegiance Law

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Michigan Legislature has passed legislation requiring every state public school classroom to have a U.S. flag and schools provide an opportunity for students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Senate on Thursday approved the measure related to reciting the pledge that was passed last week by the House. That bill and the previously passed flag legislation go to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.

Many students already recite the pledge but there is no required opportunity to do so. The bill specifies no student would be compelled to say it.

Some lawmakers have been concerned that cash-strapped schools can't afford the flags and the proposal thwarts local control.

The House Fiscal Agency says Michigan joins 43 states requiring public schools to offer a recitation of the pledge.

United States of America 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."


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 26, 2012 at 10:07 AM
    Heck… let’s just re-write the Constitution and throw out everything the founding father of the USA put down, and see where the country goes.
  • by Liz Location: Steffy on Oct 24, 2012 at 05:27 AM
    Okay I quit reciting the pledge in the third grade. that was in the 1980s in Michigan. Personally I think it should be an option for the kids to do it or not. the "Under God" is old school, I think today it should be optional. My daughter lives in Georgia and I didn't know they still did the pledge in schools! It is just odd to me because we had to stop it in the 3rd grade. I don't think it should be forced. I don't think it should be required.
  • by SARAH Location: BERNHEIM on Oct 5, 2012 at 11:34 AM
    Making the flag an icon should be deplored as well as made illegal. Let's change the wording to be very enclusive and it might be acceptable. One nation under gods; and as long as the republic is not supporting ethnic cleansing, that might help.
  • by Jamie Location: Charlotte on Sep 30, 2012 at 08:44 AM
    In elementary school we all stood every morning for the Pledge. No one complained or felt violated, and when we were done, we sat down and began our morning. "Under God" never offended any parent or child that I can recall. It seems we've became a society that complains about every little thing is laws are inspected with a microscope by people who want to make issues out of something harmless, wasting time and money for their own selfish views. I was not raised religious, and I enjoyed gathering as a group. For the kids who want to do this, it is great. For those adults who don't agree, your children's ears will not burn hearing it, I guarantee it.
  • by Craig Location: Lansing on Sep 27, 2012 at 07:44 PM
    I think a few posters on this article are missing the point. Just because you hang a flag, or salute a flag, or say the pledge of allegiance doesn't make you anymore American than those who think such things are inane. Nationalism taken too far is a bad thing, nationalism and religion together, taken too far is a monster. Know what other countries and failed regimes were very nationalist and theocratic...how about the countries today that you decry as enemies? While I think the pledge of allegiance isn't any big deal either way--this is a slippery slope. It's like passing a law making English our national language... it's not needed as inherently it already is, just like declaring your brand of Christianity the national religion--inherently already is. This is a law pushed and passed by a do nothing positive for the people michigan legislature. I don't see how this creates any jobs other than for the flag making sweat shop in mainland china.
  • by Anonymous Location: Grand Ledge on Sep 26, 2012 at 08:05 AM
    To everyone who thinks that because "God" appears in the pledge we are not separating church and state; you better find a new currency to use. Maybe you can use Canada's. In fact, I will help you pack.
  • by HMW Location: Perry on Sep 25, 2012 at 09:44 PM
    For those of you stating that this country was founded on God and the pledge of allegiance, I suggest you do your homework on the history of this country and why they came from Europe in the first place, and what the ORIGINAL pledge actually said. Also, there is no guarantee that any children are going to say the pledge, it's just that it's legal for them to have the opportunity to. Should they really be stating a pledge to something they don't even know about or understand yet? This has been a total waste of time and tax payers money to even have this law up for discussion
  • by TJ Location: Jackson on Sep 25, 2012 at 07:03 PM
    This is wonderful! My husband just became a U.S. citizen and the entire group is required to say the Pledge of Allegiance. I didn't hear anyone complaining in that room... they all looked happy and excited to be AMERICAN regardless of their differing religions (or none at all). I think this law was put in place to protect those students who are proud to be American and wish to say it. As for children not understanding what it means- of course they do! I did when I said it every morning in elementary school. So now, if some whiny, disgruntled parent wants to complain and try to ruin it for everyone else, a law is in place that allows those who wish to say it in school to do so... MINE WILL!
  • by Anonymous Location: GL on Sep 25, 2012 at 02:48 PM
    We should be so lucky that somebody secured the OPPORTUNITY for kids to say the Pledge of Allegiance. I just read that in Ontario they are now allowing open Islamic prayer in all public schools while the LORDS PRAYER has been banned for being too offensive. People will whine about separating church and state. We aren't forcing kids to take communion here, we are giving them and opportunity. Just because some of you parents view America as a buffet of free handouts, while you complain about every little thing that your favorite tv show host doesn't support, doesn't mean your child can't have some patriotism in their lives. The opposition to this seems pretty loud. Those who support, we cannot become silent and irrelevant or next it will be illegal to even speak of God or to own a Bible. We should be proud that legislators still hold simple things like this important enough to vote on. "God, Mother, Country" in children's lives is being replaced by social media filth at a staggering rate, and most "parents" throw their kids in front of it so they wont miss their next reality TV show. We should be so lucky as to have people in positions of power who still take pride in being American. GOD BLESS AMERICA, and GOD BLESS the ones who voted yes on this.
  • by Bob Location: Laingsburg on Sep 25, 2012 at 06:39 AM
    I am appalled at some of these comments, although I am not shocked that some people did not read the whole article. If you do not want your child to say the Pledge of Allegiance, then you are free to take the opportunity for your child to not recite it. If the Pledge itself offends you, then you are free to take the opportunity to pack your bags and move to another country.
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