Teachers Forced To Tell Parents If Their Kids Are Gay? 5 Utterly Horrifying Right-Wing State Bills
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"It is hard to imagine a less productive use of time by key legislative officials than to pursue that which they have no power to pursue,” Steffey told the Associated Press.
5. Two Arizona bills would require public school students to pledge loyalty to the Constitution and American flag.
Arizona lawmakers introduced a couple of authoritarian bills that would violate students' free speech rights and laugh in the face of secularism. The first bill, introduced by Republican state Rep. Bob Thorpe, would force all high school seniors to proclaim their loyalty to a 200-year-old document under the blessings of the almighty deity. Under the bill, seniors would be obliged by law to repeat this pledge:
I, _______, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge these duties; So help me God.
A second bill, introduced by Republican state Rep. Steve Smith would require all students, K-12, to recite the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance every day. Currently, all public schools are required to set aside time for the pledge, but students can opt out if they prefer.