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Lillian Gobitas Klose dies at 90; refusal to salute flag made history
Lillian Gobitas Klose dies at 90; refusal to salute flag made history

In 1935, 12-year-old Lillian Gobitas refused to salute the U.S. flag in her seventh-grade classroom in Minersville, Pa. By doing so, the Jehovah's Witness got herself expelled from school, made her and her family the targets of community hostility and started a trail that ultimately changed American legal history. Lillian Gobitas Klose, who died Aug. 22 of cancer at age 90 at her home in Fayetteville, Ga., did not set out to make history, but she did so by acting in accordance with her lifelong faith. The path she chose created controversy from the outset. Officials from the Minersville School District expelled her and her brother, William, for refusing to recite the Pledge of...

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