In this case, the Supreme Court upheld a compulsory flag salute, but the ruling was overturned in a very short time because some justices in the original decision changed their minds.
Numerous states required compulsory flag salutes at the beginning of every school day. In Pennsylvania in 1936, two young Jehovah’s Witnesses
Although one might expect that patriotic sentiment would lead Americans to support the Supreme Court, amazingly, there was a broad and profound negative reaction to the ruling. Newspapers and journals strongly opposed the Court’s decision. In one of the more unusual happenings in Court history, some justices who had voted against the Jehovah’s Witnesses announced in open court that they had been wrong and were prepared to change their minds if they were given another opportunity. The Court reversed itself three years later in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette
Brandenburg v. Ohio
Cohen v. California
O’Brien, United States v.
Religion, freedom of
Speech and press, freedom of
Texas v. Johnson
Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District
West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette