(KCPW News) A bill requiring all public school classrooms to recite the Pledge of Allegiance daily, led by a student, passed the Utah House of Representatives Tuesday, though not without some dissension among lawmakers. Democratic Representative Brian King questioned whether mandating that junior high and high school- age children recite the pledge will instill greater reverence for the flag.
“Those kids at that age may very well find that that exercise creates a greater likelihood of disrespecting our flag,” said King. “At some point we have to have the kids in the state of Utah learn for themselves what it means to pledge allegiance to the flag.”
While Representative Jim Bird said the bill will undoubtedly bring a lawsuit, Representative Stephen Sandstrom took a patriotic stance in support of the bill.
“I look in disgust when you look at the state of affairs where we have a President of the United States going around apologizing about this great country. American exceptionalism is being challenged in the world, and people are actually being taught to be ashamed to be an American. We should have people be proud to be an American,” said Sandstrom.
The bill also requires a program of instruction relating to the flag of the United States be taught in classrooms. Senate Bill 223 passed by a 48 to 25 vote and will soon go to the governor for his signature.