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REPORT: City Council in Rep. Omar’s District Votes to DITCH Pledge of Allegiance Before Meetings

posted by Hannity Staff - 6.28.19

A Minnesota City Council voted to eliminate the recitation of the United States Pledge of Allegiance before their daily meetings earlier this month; saying they want to create a more “welcoming environment” to a “diverse community.”

They are now considering reversing the controversial decision after a nationwide backlash.

“The St. Louis Park City Council unanimously voted on June 17 to amend the procedure rules so that the pledge would no longer be said before the start of every session in an effort to serve a more ‘diverse community,’” reports Fox News.

“We concluded that in order to create a more welcoming environment to a diverse community we’re going to forgo saying the Pledge of Allegiance before every meeting,” Council Member Tim Brausen said

“If we have an appropriate opportunity, if we have a boy scout color guards or others in attendance or if it’s a special occasion we will consider using the pledge of allegiance before the meetings,” he continued.

“Not everyone who does business with the city or has a conversation is a citizen,” added another council member. “They certainly don’t need to come into city council chambers and pledge their allegiance to our country in order to tell us what their input is about a sidewalk in front of their home.”

St. Louis Park Mayor Jake Spano announced Thursday that the council will be re-visiting the issue.

“Historically, when a decision is made by the council, it’s over and we move on but after hearing from more people than I can count in the last day (many admittedly not from SLP), I asked my colleagues to revisit this decision and a majority of them agreed,” his tweet read.

“First, I think there are more substantive things we should be working on to make our city more open and welcoming and secondly, I’ve always used the last six words, ‘with liberty and justice for all,’ as a reminder to me that not everyone in our community enjoys the benefits of those words and it’s my job to do everything I can to fix that,” his emailed statement read.

Read the full story at Fox News.

CAMPUS REFORM: Calif. College 'Discontinues' Pledge of Allegiance Due to History of ‘White Nationalism’

posted by Hannity Staff - 1.29.19

The Board of Trustees for a city college in Santa Barbara, California effectively banned the Pledge of Allegiance from future meetings this week; saying they’ve decided to “discontinue” its use after discovering its “history and symbolism” related to “White Nationalism.”

According to Campus Reform, “The Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees President says the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag is ‘steeped in expressions of nativism and white nationalism.’”

Campus Reform obtained exclusive emails from the Trustees explaining the decision to ban the patriotic tradition.

“I decided to discontinue use of the Pledge of Allegiance for reasons related to its history and symbolism,” said one email. “I have discovered that the Pledge of Allegiance has a history steeped in expressions of nativism and white nationalism.”

“I also object to the phrase ‘one nation under God,’” added the letter. “The First Amendment not only protects freedom of speech and religion [but] it also expressly prohibits laws that establish a religion.”

Read the full report at Campus Reform.

IT BEGINS: Atlanta School ABANDONS ‘Pledge of Allegiance,' Says 'NOT INCLUSIVE'

posted by Hannity Staff - 8.09.18

A charter school in Atlanta, Georgia announced this week that it will no longer recite the ‘Pledge of Allegiance’ at the start of each day; caving to pressure from an increasing number of students and teachers who refuse to stand for the patriotic ceremony.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper, the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School abandoned the Pledge for all of its elementary students; saying “Over the past couple of years it has become increasingly obvious that more and more of our community were choosing to not stand and/or recite the pledge.”

“Teachers and the K-5 leadership team will be working with students to create a school pledge that we can say together at morning meeting,” added the press release.

“This pledge will focus on students’ civic responsibility to their school family, community, country and our global society,” added the announcement.

Read the full report here.

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