A Mississippi judge asked everyone in his courtroom to stand and say the pledge of allegiance on Wednesday. A civil rights attorney refused and was jailed.
Oxford, Mississippi attorney Danny Lampley was found to be in criminal contempt. Chancery Court Judge Talmadge D. Littlejohn jailed Lampley based on the following circumstances: “The court having ordered all present in the courtroom to stand and recite the pledge of allegiance, and having found that Danny Lampley, attorney at law, failed and refused to do so, finds said Danny Lampley to be in criminal contempt of court.”
Respect for our flag and national anthem is not mandated nor legislated. It is traditional and common practice. We Americans are mostly patriotic. So why wouldn't someone say the pledge of allegiance?
If Lampley is a Jehovah Witness, then his religious beliefs may prevent him from saluting the flag or saying the pledge. Should a judge's order win out over religious belief? How sad that this question should even come up.
No, I do not know Lampley's religious beliefs. I just happen to know one reason why a person would not stand during the national anthem, salute the flag or say the pledge of allegiance. Would I go to jail if a judge ordered me to renounce Jesus? You betcha, I would. I would die for my beliefs. As it so happens, a lot of soldiers and sailors have died just so anyone could worship as their conscience leads them. If that happens to be Jehovah Witness, then so be it, although I pray that all Americans would come to know Jesus Christ as their savior and Lord. You just cannot legislate religious belief.