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City Council nixes Pledge of Allegiance faces backlash

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City Council nixes Pledge of Allegiance faces backlash

City Council nixes Pledge of Allegiance faces backlash
July 02
16:28 2019

Being politically correct concerning certain groups usually requires picking sides, which inevitably alienates the other side. That seemingly easy to understand logic has finally gotten the attention of a city council in Minnesota, the land from which Somali born congresswoman Ilian Abdullahi Omar resides in, which perhaps explains why the St. Louis Park City Council voted to abolish the Pledge of Allegiance formally recited at its bimonthly city council meetings.

The Council voted on June 17th to scrub the Pledge of Allegiance to make sure it’s residents “felt comfortable attending meetings,” which perhaps gives you an idea of the types of individuals living within the community, that they would be offended either reciting or listening to those inspiring words proclaiming “liberty” and “justice for all.”

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Tim Brausen, a city council member, said there was concern among his colleagues about potentially intimidating newer immigrants.

“We’ve had some racial equity initiatives going on in the city of St. Louis Park for a while where we’re trying to get more diverse communities and historically less engaged communities to come and participate in our public process,” he told the Star Tribune. “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.”

Perhaps it would be a good idea if councilmen Brausen quit the hyperbole and asked himself with all of this supposed fear he and his colleagues talk about, why would hundreds of thousands of immigrants risk their lives annually to get to America?

According to local media outlet KARE 11, Anne Mavity, the council member who introduced the proposal said, “Not everyone who does business with the city or has a conversation is a citizen.”

Adding, “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.”

This of course misses the entire point, in that a city council along with its members should set an example as elected officials, to at the very least take a moment to recognize and respect the country you reside in, with a 10 second acknowledgment of that country…the Pledge of Allegiance should be equally important to those members, as well.

The controversy has sparked wide debate among radio listeners of the “Joe Pagliarulo” talk show, who tweeted out on Wednesday, “St Louis Park should no longer be allowed to claim it’s in the United States of America.”

Likewise, scores of listeners are so outraged that council members would vote to eliminate the Pledge of Allegiance, that Jake Spano, Mayor of South Louis Park, tweeted Thursday evening that the council would be re-visiting its vote.

The Mayor also acknowledged that he wasn’t present when the vote was taken and wasn’t supportive of ending the Pledge.

Spano also acknowledged that usually when 2/3 of the members vote on an issue “historically” its over, and the council moves on to other business 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.”

“I hope it’s not too controversial,” Brausen said. “Our community tends to be a very welcoming and increasingly diverse community, and we believe our citizens will understand … Unfortunately, some of us feel like patriotism has been so politicized that it’s almost used as a weapon against people.”

According to Mayor Spano, the city council will re-vote on the issue July 8th.

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  1. Shoshi
    Shoshi July 03, 02:15

    That’s appalling. If you live in and do business in America respect our country and it’s laws. Recite the pledge or get out!

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    • Liz
      Liz July 03, 18:46

      I totally agree! If you want to be in this country then you should follow our rules and show respect for our flag and our country. If you feel uncomfortable then you are free to leave

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    • Bill
      Bill July 03, 19:19

      I Agree, if persons are in the United States of America they need to understand our Beliefs.
      Our founding fathers and those that fought and died and are still dying. So they don’t like it. Have them stay out or leave the room until the business meeting begins. Just have the Sergeant of Arms or security person go to the door and invite them in. What’s the big deal.

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      • Cat
        Cat July 04, 16:34

        When people do things like this they are bringing their true colors into the light. They are exposed for who they are and what they represent. The people of this city now have the opportunity to vote these people out of office. If you don’t want to live the dream, get out.

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    • Glid51
      Glid51 July 03, 19:36

      If you recall, the federal government abolished the use of pledge of allegiance in schools because of its use of god. Why town would still be reciting it is beyond me.

      Reply to this comment
    • American
      American July 03, 20:11

      Thank you Obama….NOT

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    • DO
      DO July 03, 21:47

      I agree…if you’re not a citizen then go back to your own country…I’m not the only one that doesn’t want you here….

      Reply to this comment
  2. Vinny
    Vinny July 03, 18:14

    End the Pledge of Allegiance on American soil ? That is absolute lunacy. And to City Council person Anne Mavity, I say, pack your bags and find another country to poison. You and your ilk are not welcome here.

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  3. Big John
    Big John July 03, 18:36

    What “Rave” is offended by the Pledge of Allegiance? The pledge doesn’t say one race unto God. Only people who hate America and Western values (based on the Bible by the way) don’t want it. People like Muslims who pretend to be Americans so they can get elected and start changing our country into a Calipahte. A Caliphate that hates ALL who are not of the Muslim Religion. NO FREEDOM OF RELIGION in the Islamic world. NO FREE SPEECH in the Islamic world. NO WOMEN’S RIGHTS in the Islamic world. Way to go Minnesota ,be sure to start building state operated Mosques and of course FORCING ALL students to bow down and face MECCA 5 times a day in PRAYER ! FORCED PRAYER

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  4. Edward D Smith
    Edward D Smith July 03, 18:43

    Go to youtube.com and type Red Skelton in the search bar. There they have produced a video of Red Skelton reciting the Pledge Of Allegiance for all to understand.

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  5. GaryM
    GaryM July 03, 18:55

    I don’t agree with elimination of the Pledge of Allegiance for a government meeting, or for that matter in public schools. If reciting it makes someone feel uncomfortable, all they have to do is remain silent during the reciting. I, for one, would feel more comfortable at the meeting if I knew it was being done in a patriotic setting. The “feelings” of a few should not define the actions of the many.

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  6. Bob
    Bob July 03, 19:24

    These people want to make changes for them self’s. I believe that they need to change that way of thinking and adjust to our country. Or go home to where they came from. Don’t let the door hit your butt on the way out.

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  7. Old Wolf
    Old Wolf July 03, 19:36

    I find any one who would fail to show proper respect to the Flag unworthy of being called an AMERICAN! Pandering to people who want to destroy this nation and never to attempt to assimilate into the American culture, is 100% wrong. I find those people offensive who want to push a “religion” that is all about destruction of things they find offensive. They need to pack it up and go back to where they came from!!

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  8. Bob
    Bob July 03, 19:38

    This is the USA and if you reside here, be proud of it!
    It remains a privilege, not a right, to reside within our borders. You knew our laws and our customs before you came to our shores.
    We are not about to change and become the country you left. Sharia law and all that it stands for is something we want nothing to do with and will never accept it.
    If it was so great where you came from, why come here?

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  9. NavyJR
    NavyJR July 03, 20:00

    Looks like it’s time to clean that town out of all non-Americans and all who aren’t American enough to recite or endure recitation of the Pledge of allegiance.

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  10. LLou
    LLou July 03, 20:22

    Our country, our laws, our language, our patriotism, our flag, our pledge, our history. If you aren’t comfortable, then why are you here? People move here to assimilate into our culture and should not try to create a version of the country they left behind OR make us change to accommodate them.

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    • Bill P.
      Bill P. July 03, 21:31

      You forgot:

      Our expanding social services attendant upon our burgeoning welfare state – which don’t require legal residency to obtain.

      There was a time when people came here to enjoy the benefits of freedom. Now, a great many just want the goodies, and the “freedom” of “no questions asked” when you apply for benefits.

      This is OUR FAULT, not the illegals. Until people understand that, nothing will change.

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  11. Woody
    Woody July 03, 21:20

    If you are NOT a citizen of United States I don’t believe you should be required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance as I am living in Japan and I don’t recite any allegiance to Japan as I kept my US Citizenship BUT IF you are not a citizen, you should have no vote in this discussion or a vote in any other form of government! As a Citizen, you are required to take a pledge as part of your Citizenship and you should recite the pledge every time it is said at a forum, public or private is my belief.

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  12. Jon
    Jon July 03, 21:25

    Love it or leave it

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  13. Lieto
    Lieto July 03, 22:34

    What is “going on with the government today” that this moron city councilman has to be afraid of? He should be more afraid of Antifa.

    Nobody is captured and forced to live in this country. If our flag, our national anthem, our pledge and our way of life offends them so much, they are always free to leave.

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  14. Defiant One
    Defiant One July 03, 23:25

    WTFU, REVOLUTION will be the SOLUTION!I’ll gladly take the first bullet if need be,your freedom is being slowly choked off as that of a prey in the grasp of a python!

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  15. troon62
    troon62 July 04, 00:09

    A local resident, I’ve engaged Anne Mavity in an email exchange of views. She isn’t relenting one bit. How is it that, all of a sudden, our elected officials are more concerned about the wellbeing of illegal aliens than they are about their own citizens? The recent Dem debates made the point resoundingly.

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  16. Depolrable
    Depolrable July 04, 02:30

    Send them back to where they came from I am sure they will be much happier living where they can feel free.

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  17. Gourdhead
    Gourdhead July 04, 14:08

    Brausen is either dumb as a rock or a lying, conniving, typical left-wing politician. I’m leaning toward the latter.

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  18. baggriff
    baggriff July 04, 16:58

    “Our country right or wrong, when right to be keep right, when wrong to be put right”
    Carl Schurz

    “God grants Liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to guard and defend it.”
    Daniel Webster

    If you are a citizen of the United States of America we should be glad to recite the Pledge of Allegiance without reservation, and if you are here with the intent to become a citizen you should recite it also! If you are here without the intent to become a citizen you need to stay out of politics!

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  19. Tigereb
    Tigereb July 05, 10:35

    This democracy will never be destroyed from the outside, it will always unite against an outside aggressor.It inability to defend itself against the subversives within is hampered by and obstructed by the very democracy we so cherish.This is just the beginning, our democracy is in danger of destroying itself

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