. The <i>Flag Salute Cases</i> (1940, 1943)

George Anastaplo

in Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125336
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135243 | DOI:
. The Flag Salute Cases (1940, 1943)

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This chapter explores the Opinion of the United States Supreme Court in Minersville School District v. Gobitis (1940) case involving compulsory pledge. It notes that a pledge of allegiance was readily resorted to in furtherance of this effort, a pledge which did not yet have the “under God” language that has provoked challenges of its own in recent years. It observes that there remain for further consideration the traditional natural right/natural law principles that could once be depended upon to guide judgments upon both citizens and their governments. It opines that these are principles that permit proper assessments both of personal consciences and of massive international campaigns.

Keywords: United States Supreme Court; Minersville School District v. Gobitis; compulsory pledge; pledge of allegiance; God; natural right principles; natural law principles; personal consciences

Chapter.  2829 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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