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West Virginia vs Barnette on Officials Forcing Confessions

Supreme Court, West Virginia vs Barnette, No. 591, decided June 14, 1943.

If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion, or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein. If there are any circumstances which permit an exception, they do not now occur to us.