The Closing of The American Mind (both Left & Right)

Had an interesting lesson yesterday via a conservative political blog I look into, that illustrates to me the title of this post.

The subject was a news story out of Arizona that a local school board would not compel its student to recite the Pledge of Allegiance before the start of school.

This brought on was has become knee-jerk, visceral condemnation of what is seen as increasing “unAmericanism”, but for me with a background in history and political science, taking up the story and the accompanying outrage over it is all very, very moot.

You see, due to a Supreme Court decision handed down in the 1940s, involving the Jehovah Witnesses, students cannot be compelled to recite the Pledge of Allegiance; a point I tried to make in the comments section of the blog, and which no one seemed to pay attention to.

This was on the right side of the politcal spectrum, but I’ve seen same on the left as well.

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