LANSING (AP) – The Michigan Senate has approved legislation to require the Pledge of Allegiance to be recited each day at public schools.

The bill approved by a 31-5 vote Thursday would require schools to conduct a pledge recital, but says that a student “shall not be compelled” to participate against the student’s objections.

Lawmakers voting no say that clause doesn’t go far enough and that the pledge recital should be encouraged but not mandatory.

The Senate also unanimously approved a separate measure requiring American and state of Michigan flags in state buildings to be made in the United States.
Both bills advance to the House.

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Comments (2)
  1. Michael says:

    I’ll pledge allegiance when America stops raping my livelihood, when it starts taxing the wealthiest entities that are killing me, When big biz is thrown out of congress. When it starts caring for it’s poor and ravaged people. Until the psychopath banksters are thrown in jail and their institutions are made small enough not to risk the health of the world. When all that happens, I’ll stand up and pledge. Until that time, it would be a deranged display of illness.

  2. Keith says:

    Well thank God the Senate tackled this contentious issue. Of all all the other areas demanding action to bring about social justice in this state, the Senate really seized “the bull by the horns” mandating that people recite the Pledge. Why are we paying them?

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