The city council in St. Louis Park City, Minnesota is reconsidering its decision to stop saying the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of their meetings after major backlash erupted.
The council unanimously voted on June 17 to change procedure rules so that they wouldn’t have to recite the pledge before the start of every session – citing 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 ahead of the vote.
“If we have an appropriate opportunity, if we have a boy scout color guards or others in attendance or if its a special occasion we will consider using the pledge of allegiance before the meetings,” Brausen said.
What prompted this change? Perhaps a visit from their representative, Ilhan Omar.
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