St. Louis Park, located in Rep. Ilhan Omar’s 5th congressional district in Minnesota, was the site of a recent uproar after its city council voted unanimously to do away with the Pledge of Allegiance before meetings.
The move, the group claimed, was an effort to serve a more “diverse community.”
“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 before a 5-0 vote to amend the proceedings.
Anne Mavity, who sponsored the rule change, claimed the Pledge isn’t necessary.
“Not everyone who does business with the city or has a conversation is a citizen,” Mavity told KARE 11.
A Minnesota city voted to eliminate the Pledge of Allegiance. It didn’t go over well. https://t.co/3Wx8xyt02P
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 28, 2019
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Brausen cited another reason for removing the Pledge of Allegiance: alleged intimidation of illegal immigrants.
“Given the current Washington politics that are going on now, there’s a lot of people that are afraid of our government, and we worry about that,” he told the Star Tribune.
“Unfortunately, some of us feel like patriotism has been so politicized that it’s almost used as a weapon against people,” Brausen added.
Outcry. Minnesota Senate Republicans called the City Council vote to remove the Pledge “shocking.”
SHOCKING: Democrats on the St. Louis Park, MN City Council voted unanimously to eliminate the pledge of allegiance at their meetings. pic.twitter.com/quurAmBm3I
— Minnesota Senate Republicans (@mnsrc) June 26, 2019
Talk-show host Joe Pagliarulo took to social media and asked, “Anti-American much?”
“St. Louis Park should no longer be allowed to claim it’s in the United States of America,” he added.
The controversial move comes just weeks after Omar joined the city council to discuss hosting future community events and listening sessions in the area.
They’ll reconsider. People were dismayed at the council’s actions. “If you aren’t PROUD to say OUR Pledge of Allegiance then you should NOT be our government official,” one follower of the Senate Republicans wrote on Twitter. “It is literally pledging allegiance to our United States of America.”
And now the people’s voices have been heard.
St. Louis Park Mayor Jake Spano announced the issue will be taken up again during a meeting on July 8.
2/3 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.
— Jake Spano (@spanojake) June 28, 2019
Former first lady Hillary Clinton last year praised an 11-year-old for kneeling during the Pledge of Allegiance.
“It takes courage to exercise your right to protest injustice, especially when you’re 11!” Clinton tweeted. “Keep up the good work, Mariana.”
It takes even more courage to stand up for your nation when it’s constantly under assault by politically incorrect liberals — who would rather eliminate everything we once held dear.
This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.
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