Arkansas AG pitches bill to make national anthem mandatory in schools statewide

Progressive pundits and elected officials have come under fire from the right in recent years for perceived efforts to downplay or ban American symbols and traditions.

One prominent figure in Arkansas, however, is signaling her intention to push back. According to the Washington Examiner, the state’s attorney general has unveiled a bill that would make it mandatory for schools to play the national anthem.

“Requiring a moment of silence”

In a tweet on Monday, Leslie Rutledge wrote: “I’m announcing The Star-Spangled Banner Act that will require each public school to play The Star-Spangled Banner at the start of school-sanctioned sporting events.”

The Republican attorney general went on to reveal a related proposal known as the Moment of Silence Act.

As Rutledge explained, that legislation would change state law “requiring a moment of silence in Arkansas schools to also mandate a moment of silence after the Pledge of Allegiance during the start of the school day.”

She argued in support of the measures by claiming that “we’ve seen through the cancel culture and others pushing back against our patriotic values” in recent years that the proposals are necessary.

“This is an opportunity to ensure that Arkansas students are reminded of the sacrifices of our veterans — that our freedoms are not free and to instill these values in our young minds and hearts as we move into the future,” Rutledge continued.

“I don’t know why we are taking the time”

Of course, her proposals met some clear opposition among Democrats, including state Sen. Greg Leding.

“I’m all for instilling American values and doing what we can there, but again, I don’t know why we are taking the time to legislate these kinds of things,” he said.

In addition to dismissing Rutledge’s move as a waste of time, Leding went on to “note that this attorney general campaigned back in 2014 for this office by saying that she didn’t really think that an attorney general had a place in crafting policy.”

Rutledge previously courted controversy with her support of legislation to keep transgender females from competing in girls’ sports.

“I want to send a strong message to President Biden and his administration that here in Arkansas, we intend to require schools to prohibit biological boys who self-identify as girls onto girls’ sports teams,” she said.

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  1. I just wish our AG or any public office holder would take on these ideals!
    When i was in grade school, we staryed every day with the Pledge of Allegiance and learned the National Anthem! It DOES instill patriotism in everyone, regardless of race or creed!

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  3. Hooray! Attorney General Leslie Rutledge of Arkansas. Thank you for standing up to the opposition much to their chagrin, our traditional morals and values regarding the National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance as well as the preservation of girls/women’s sports…..It is the right thing to do most especially since young girls/women work so hard at their training in the sport of their choice and hope to be one of the chosen by a coach/trainer at a special university that will enhance their success both in their sport and studies….One of the many reasons Title: HR-9 became vital in GIRLS/WOMENS SPORTS…..

  4. You go, girl! Am behind you 100%! Not only an AG with a brain, an AG with a heart, too! Bless you, lady!

  5. I’m with you. I even remember when they changed the Pledge and added “under god”. Also remember when Alaska and Hawaii were added. All that was in the 50’s.

  6. I applaud AG Rutledge and agree with her. Our kids are being brainwashed by the liberals to forget the history of our great country and what it took to keep it free for all of us. I wish our AG or Gov cared as much. Sen. Leading needs to be more in touch with the citizens HE SERVES instead of pushing his own views.

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