Court Case Project

West Virginia State Board of Education vs. Barnette (1943)

Facts

This court case was about students being expelled from school for not reciting the pledge of allegiance because of their religious beliefs. A member of Jehovah's Witness named Barnette thought that this school rule was violating the first and fourteenth amendment so he challenged the U.S. court on this case.

Issues

The most asked question on this issue was, does this school rule compelling on saluting to the flag violate the first and fourteenth amendment?

Arguments

Barnette and West Virginia State Board of Education were the two parties involved in this court case. Barnette stood for not letting the school limit children's religious freedoms and force them to do something their religion doesn't stand for. He also argued that school board officials shouldn't have the authority to force children into anything uncomfortable. West Virginia State Board of Education was the school that had been taken to court by Barnette. Since their position wasn't as strong as Barnette's they lost the case against him.

Decision

6-3 vote

For the U.S. court to come up with a decision they had to think about a couple things before deciding. The U.S. court went on to making a decision based on the peoples rights and their beliefs. They voted and 6 judges were in favor of Barnette's opinion and 3 votes were in favor for West Virginia State Board of Education. The decision was final, that the school's rules did violate the first and fourteenth amendment.

My Personal Thoughts

My thoughts on this case strongly stand with Barnette because I am a religious person just like him and I also believe that our religious freedoms shouldn't be limited or denied at school.

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