|Does every pledge of allegiance establish a religion -- the worship of government?
In the 1930s, Nazi German law required everyone to pledge allegiance, similar to many U.S. laws that have tried to require school children to recite the pledge. Jehovah's Witnesses believed that people who enjoy reciting government pledges are people who worship government. Jehovah's Witnesses were officially banned for refusing to join the raised palm salute to Nazi flags in schools and at public events. Many of the German Witnesses were imprisoned in concentration camps.