Pledge of Allegiance

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Mar 31, 2023

Children cannot be required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance

Neither the Pledge of Allegiance nor the saying “under God” had any connection with the founding of the nation. Trying to force students to say it is a violation of our founding principles.

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Feb 21, 2023

House approves bill requiring students to recite Pledge of Allegiance

State lawmakers voted Tuesday to require students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance each day, courting a likely lawsuit.

Mar 19, 2021

Legislature should address problems facing state, not culture war

Arizona’s children are going back to school, and our elected officials face enormous decisions on how to weigh containing a deadly pandemic against the needs of families. We are losing lives and livelihoods every day, and yet somehow our Legislature cannot be bothered to focus on Covid relief when school-mandated prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance make such an ideal wedge in the culture wars.

Feb 17, 2021

Pledge of Allegiance mandate for kids advances

The way Rep. John Fillmore sees it, young children need to hear and say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning at school.

Apr 3, 2018

House approves bill permitting ‘God enriches’ motto to be posted at schools

House Democrats failed Tuesday in their bid to keep the name of the Almighty out of the classrooms -- at least the English version.

In this June 13, 2011 file photo, from left, Sen. Steve Yarbrough, R-Chandler, Sen. Ron Gould, R-Lake Havasu City, Sen. Adam Driggs, R-Phoenix, and Sen. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, all bow their heads in prayer for those involved in the wildfires in Arizona during a special session in the senate chambers at the Capitol in Phoenix. Smith, a conservative Christian, said Wednesday, May 22, 2013, that the prayer offered by Democratic Rep. Juan Mendez (not shown), an atheist, at the beginning of the previous day's floor session wasn't a prayer at all. So he asked other members to join him in a second daily prayer in "repentance." (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
May 22, 2013

Arizona House non-prayer sparks Christian re-do

An atheist lawmaker's decision to give the daily prayer at the Arizona House of Representatives triggered a do-over from a Christian lawmaker who said the previous day's prayer didn't pass muster.

Jan 25, 2013

2 bills push student loyalty

Two Republican lawmakers are taking slightly different tacks in their efforts to affirm Arizona students’ loyalty to their country.

One wants mandatory compliance. The other started out with the same idea, but has since had a change of heart.

Sep 6, 2012

Gabby Giffords inspires crowd at Democratic convention

Gabrielle Giffords has inspired the cheering delegates at the Democratic National Convention by leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

Sep 6, 2012

Gabby Giffords to give pledge on final night of Democratic convention

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will deliver the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National Convention.

Jan 9, 2012

Giffords leads crowd in Pledge of Allegiance

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords led a crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, her words ringing out across a cold Tucson night in a rare public appearance Sunday evening at a candlelight vigil one year after surviving a deadly shooting.

Apr 12, 2011

Gould receives death threat

A senior Republican senator and proponent of controversial immigration bills has received a death threat.

Mar 23, 2011

Substitute teacher’s letter criticizing Hispanic students leads to inquiry

A school district has launched an inquiry into a substitute teacher who wrote a letter that criticized Hispanic students and was read aloud last week at the Arizona Legislature during a debate on an immigration bill.