Minnesota city council ditches Pledge of Allegiance to be more ‘welcoming’

Minnesota city council ditches Pledge of Allegiance to be more ‘welcoming’
File: City Council of Monrovia CA recites pledge of allegiance led by local schoolgirl. City Council of Monrovia, YouTube

[Ed. – Citizens not amused.]

“In order to create a more welcoming environment to a diverse community, we are going to forgo saying the Pledge of Allegiance before every meeting,” said Council Member Tim Brausen. At the meeting, Brausen said members might recite it in the future if there’s an appropriate opportunity, for example is the Boy Scouts are there.

Council member Anne Mavity, who sponsored the rules change, told KARE 11 that she doesn’t feel saying the pledge is necessary, especially for non-citizens.

This motion was recommended by a study group seeking to boost citizen attendance at the sessions. The St. Louis Park’s population is 81% non-Hispanic white population, with African American comprising 7.7%, Hispanics 3.8% and Asians 3.7%, according to the U.S. Census. …

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“Can not believe one person didn’t oppose this. The citizens who voted these people in should be embarrassed and ashamed of the councilmen and themselves,” one Twitter user responded.

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