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1943 Supreme Court ruling means Trump is violating free speech

I was an unwilling participant in the Jehovah’s Witnesses publishing company religion when I was a kid. I was not allowed to salute the flag in school. That doesn’t mean I didn’t have to listen to it but I was not compelled to salute. Children being children, you can only imagine how respectfully and gently my classmates treated my tender feelings. In other words, not.

Singling your kid out like that is quite possibly one of the worst things a parent can do. Yeah, don’t feed me bullshit about separating the kid from the world as a means of saving them. I could go on and on about the gross indignities forced upon minor persons held hostage to authoritarian fundamentalist high control groups. But I digress.

The reason I bring this up is because back in 1943, the JWs brought a case before the Supreme Court asking that their children not be compelled by the state to salute the flag because it goes against their religious beliefs to not worship symbols of the state. At that time, JW children were frequently expelled from school for refusing to salute the flag. The USSC in the case of West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnetteruled in favor of the JWs. Here are the money quotes from the ruling:

the flag salute was “a form of utterance” and “a primitive but effective means of communicating ideas.” “Compulsory unification of opinion,” the Court wrote, was doomed to failure and was antithetical to the values set forth in the First Amendment. The Court eloquently stated: “If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.”

But that didn’t stop our president (well, not MY president) from weighing in today, calling the Colin Kaepernick and other protestors “sons of bitches” for not standing during the flag presentation and anthem and saying their owners should fire them.

By the way, is this the speech that makes him “presidential”? Just curious.

He’s stepped over the line so many times it’s hard to know how to assess this assault on free speech.

I’m just going to assume that he’s trying to distract us all from the news dump yesterday that the DHS sat on the report that 21 states’ voting systems were the target of hackers last year.

Yep, the flag thing is a headline at WaPo while you have to search for the story about DHS sitting on its election hacking report for OVER A YEAR.

It’s probably just a coincidence that he’s determined to undermine a constitutional amendment just as it looks like his legitimacy as a president is seriously called into question.

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6 Responses

  1. 😈

  2. Off topic: The Aki sisters welcome you to autumn.

    (Minoriko on the left, Shizuha on the right)

  3. He went after the wrong target in ‘sons of bitches’, no? Hope he gets stung badly.

  4. I am not sports person and don’t the names and teams and so on. I like this statement from the Patriots guy:

  5. OMG!!!

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