The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892 by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy (1855-1931). It was originally published in The Youth’s Companion on September 8, 1892. Bellamy had hoped that the pledge would be used by citizens in any country.
In its original form it read:
“I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” In 1923, the words, “the Flag of the United States of America” were added. So how in the United States of America is the Pledge of Allegiance offensive to anyone?
A city located in Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) 5th Congressional District voted this month to eliminate saying the Pledge of Allegiance during city council meetings because it doesn’t want to offend people.
CBS Minnesota reports that members of the St. Louis Park City Council voted unanimously in a 5 to 0 vote to ditch saying the Pledge of Allegiance “in order to create a more welcoming environment to a diverse community.”
City Council member Anne Mavity sponsored the change, saying that the Pledge of Allegiance did not reflect the city’s values, according to KARE 11.
“Not everyone who does business with the city or has a conversation is a citizen,” Mavity said. “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.”
City Council member Tim Brausen said: “I hope it’s not too controversial. Our community tends to be a very welcoming and increasingly diverse community, and we believe our citizens will understand.”
The move sparked instant criticism from Minnesota Senate Republicans who tweeted: “SHOCKING: Democrats on the St. Louis Park, MN City Council voted unanimously to eliminate the pledge of allegiance at their meetings.”
Conservative talk show host Joe Pagliarulo tweeted: “Anti-American much? St Louis Park should no longer be allowed to claim it’s in the United States of America.”
Residents in the area told CBS Minnesota that the Pledge of Allegiance should not be removed from the meetings.
“I think it should be said every time, whether it is in school or meetings or whatever,” David Gohman told CBS Minnesota. “We owe it to the country.”
Earlier this year, Fox News reported that, according to FBI statistics, Omar’s district is the terrorist recruitment capitol of the United States.
Fox News reported that “more men and boys from a Somali American community in Minneapolis have — or attempted to join — a foreign terrorist organization over the last 12 years than any other jurisdiction in the country.”
A city council meeting in Ilhan Omar’s district just voted to eliminate the Pledge of Allegiance before every meeting in order to make it a more welcoming environment and not to offend anyone. You know, this is America right? We love our country, our flag, and we are not offended by it.
Well, that’s not the case in St. Louis Park City where they just voted it out 5-0. This vote took place on June 17 and they all voted to drop the pledge.