Minersville School District v. Gobitis

(1940)

Felix Frankfurter remains something of enigma. An activist in early life, after his appointment to the Supreme Court, he came to stand for a restraint that seemed at odds with his past. In one of the earliest, Minersville School District v. Gobitis, the issue was a regulation mandating that schoolchildren salute the flag of the United States. Frankfurter’s majority Opinion in Minersville School District v. Gobitis nullified the First Amendment right to free exercise of religion by upholding the school district’s right to expel students whose faith prohibited them from saluting the flag.

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Felix Frankfurter (Library of Congress)

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