Legislator Wants Pledge of Allegiance Required in Public Schools

Legislator Wants Pledge of Allegiance Required in Public Schools

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(Salt Lake City, KSL News) -- A Utah senator wants to make the Pledge of Allegiance mandatory in all public schools.

Republican Senator Chris Buttars, says students should know what the Pledge says and what it means. He plans to introduce the legislation this month.

But the plan will meet strong opposition from civil rights activists and atheists.

Utah ACLU director Dani Eyer says students cannot be forced to salute the flag or recite the Pledge.

Legislators could avoid constitutional problems by allowing parents to send a note if they don't want their children to participate in reciting the Pledge.

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