Senate resolution encourages students to recite flag salute - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Senate resolution encourages students to recite state flag salute

Posted: Updated:
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Four short lines are sparking debate among area parents. The state Senate has just passed a resolution that would encourage students to recite the salute to the Tennessee flag in class each day. Some believe it's good for Tennessee pride. Others say it violates the separation of church and state.

On a field trip to the Capitol Wednesday, the fourth-graders of Smyrna Primary Elementary took a break from bills and legislative branches for apples, sandwiches and chocolate milk. 

Mom Rachel Charlton said she wants her daughter to have a strong sense of state history, which is why she's supporting the resolution. 

"It actually brought out the three stars and a little bit more of our history," said Charlton. "Maybe the children would know more about our history."

Adopted by the general assembly in 1981, the salute goes:

"Three white stars on a field of blue, God keep them strong and ever true. It is with pride and love that we salute the Flag of Tennessee."

"We will not be enforcing it, but we are strongly suggesting they start saying the pledge to the Tennessee flag," said Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet.

Sponsored by Beavers, the resolution just passed the Senate. She hopes classes will say the salute after the Pledge of Allegiance every day.

"We're a volunteer state, you know," said Beavers. "We had more volunteers to volunteer to go to Texas than any other state. I think there should be a sense of pride in our state."

"My 6-year-old would be urged to say this every day without accommodations made to her about what her family believes," said parent Kris Tyrrell.

Tyrrell is co-organizer of Sunday Assembly, a new monthly gathering of non-believers in Nashville. She said the salute violates the separation of church and state.

"Where this differs from the Pledge of Allegiance and the 'under God' is this actually addresses God, which makes it more of a prayer," said Tyrrell.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State said in a statement, "Americans United believes this resolution is unnecessary and divisive. These statements are particularly troubling in a public school setting where students of minority faiths and no faith at all will be left feeling like outsiders among their peers."

As the resolution now heads to the House of Representatives, Beavers said her goal is to have students pay respect to their state as well as their country.

"We would like for children to be proud of their state," said Beavers.

Copyright 2014 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • What do you think about the Senate resolution that encourages students to recite the state flag salute?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Support it
    49%
    81 votes
    Against it
    47%
    77 votes
    Unsure
    4%
    7 votes
  • Senate resolution encourages students to recite state flag saluteMore>>

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Two teens charged with Gulfport man's murder

    Two teens charged with Gulfport man's murder

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:00 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:00:30 GMT
    Two Gulfport teens are charged with murder after police say they shot Lamont Hayes in his home last week and left him to die.More >>
    Two Gulfport teens are charged with murder after police say they shot Lamont Hayes in his home last week and left him to die. Monday night, investigators tracked down Jalen Shaquille Williams, 19, and arrested him at his home. Rashad Rejohn Johnson, 17, was arrested Monday at the Harrison County Juvenile Detention Facility, where he was being held on an unrelated charge.More >>
  • Two more Singing River Health System clinics set to close

    Two more Singing River Health System clinics set to close

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:10 PM EDT2014-07-30 01:10:42 GMT
    Singing River Health System has announced the closure of two more primary care clinics as part of a realignment program. The Gautier and D'Iberville facilities will close August 29.
    More >>
    We will rebound. That's Singing River Health System CEO Kevin Holland's response to the announcement that two clinics are closing in South Mississippi. Those facilities are in Gautier and D'Iberville. Holland said it's also unfortunate that several people will lose their jobs because of the closings.More >>
  • Coroner: Gulfport murder victim was shot in the groin

    Coroner: Gulfport murder victim was shot in the groin

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:54 AM EDT2014-07-24 10:54:09 GMT
    According to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove, Lamont Hayes, 41, was shot in the groin area and bled to death just a few hours later Tuesday night.More >>
    An area of Gulfport still reeling from the brutal murder of a child last week was hit with another violent death Tuesday night. According to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove, Lamont Hayes, 41, was shot in the groin area and bled to death just a few hours later.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.