Minersville School District v. Gobitis
Significance, Nationalism In Time Of War Trumps The First Amendment, Jehovah's Witnesses And Public Schools
Minersville School District
That forcing a schoolchild to salute the American flag in violation of her religious principles abridges her First Amendment right to exercise her faith freely.
Chief Lawyer for Appellant
Joseph W. Henderson
Chief Lawyers for Appellee
George K. Gardner and Joseph F. Rutherford
Justices for the Court
Hugo Lafayette Black, William O. Douglas, Felix Frankfurter (writing for the Court), Charles Evans Hughes, James Clark McReynolds, Frank Murphy, Stanley Forman Reed, Owen Josephus Roberts
Harlan Fiske Stone
Date of Decision
3 June 1940
Arguing that the "felt necessities" of society outweigh the dictates of an individual's religious conscience, the Supreme Court upheld the state law mandating the flag salute.
- Reynolds v. United States, 98 U.S. 145 (1879).
- West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943).
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