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Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution$
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George Anastaplo

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125336

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125336.001.0001

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. The Flag Salute Cases (1940, 1943)

. The Flag Salute Cases (1940, 1943)

(p.65) 10. The Flag Salute Cases (1940, 1943)
Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution

George Anastaplo

University Press of Kentucky

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

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