The ACLU defends teachers who don’t want to take loyalty pledge to USA. H/T to EAGNews for posting Nebraska’s loyalty statute (included below). So what do you think? Is it antiquated? out of line? or completely un-Constitutional to require teacher’s to take a pledge before signing on to pour into impressionable young American minds? Or are they making a mountain out of a molehill? Would you have a problem taking the oath below? Let me know!
Nebraska’s loyalty statute
79-8,108. Teachers and employees; pledge; form.
All persons engaged in teaching in the public schools of the State of Nebraska and all other employees paid from public school funds, shall sign the following pledge:
I, ………., do believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic; an indissoluble nation of many sovereign states; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.
I acknowledge it to be my duty to inculcate in the hearts and minds of all pupils in my care, so far as it is in my power to do, (1) an understanding of the United States Constitution and of the Constitution of Nebraska, (2) a knowledge of the history of the nation and of the sacrifices that have been made in order that it might achieve its present greatness, (3) a love and devotion to the policies and institutions that have made America the finest country in the world in which to live, and (4) opposition to all organizations and activities that would destroy our present form of government.
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