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Preview: Golden Valley City Council To Discuss Pledge of Allegiance

Council member Steve Schmidgall brought the Pledge up to be informally discussed at the Tuesday, June 11, council/city manager meeting.

The Pledge of Allegiance (Patch file photo)
The Pledge of Allegiance (Patch file photo)
The Golden Valley City Council are slated to discuss whether or not it should continue saying the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of regular council meetings.

Golden Valley City Councilmember Steve Schmidgall brought the item up to be discussed during  a City Council/City Manager meeting Tuesday, June 11.

"We all pick and choose from what our parents provide and model for us and establish our own values," Schmidgall said. "One of the things that make this nation great is we respect all kinds of religions and to me the Pledge of Allegiance  dances on uncertainty territory."

Schmidgall said he has simply been uncomfortable reciting the Pledge at council meetings. He couldn't ignore how he felt any longer so he brought it up as a discussion item for the council.

"I'd prefer not to be compelled to recite the Pledge of Allegiance for three reasons," Schmidgall said. 

The first reason is the "one nation under god" phrase makes Schmidgall uncomfortable.

"I grew up in a faith community of Ana-Baptists (which means 're-baptized' in Greek) and with the Apostlic Christian Church and we were treated differently in school when I was a kid," Schmidgall said. "Bullying was a normal thing, but it didn't ruin my life. It did make me more sensitive to the separation of church and state."

The second reason is that saying the Pledge at a council meeting "doesn't feel appropriate as opposed to saying it on a state or national level," he said.
"When we say it seems like a prayer to me," Schmidgall said.

The third reason Schmidgall is bringing up the Pledge at the meeting is "love of country and God are personal and private matters," he said. "I love the United States of America as much as anyone, but I'm just not showy about it. I prefer to do my duty as a citizen, vote, and participate in city government when the opportunity arises."

Schmidgall understands that he is not compelled to participate in saying the Pledge at meetings, but said not saying it makes him look and feel awkward.

Nothing has been determined by the council and the discussion is to come at an informal setting between the council and city staff.

What do you think? Do you think the Pledge of Allegiance should be recited at regular Golden Valley City Council meetings or not? Why or why not? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

georgeberglund June 11, 2013 at 09:03 AM
I'm definitely in favor. Who can question patriotism, including the words "under God," being instilled in our youth from an early age? The following quotes from our Presidents say it best: Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States, made the following remarks during his Flag Day speech on June 14, 1954: "From this day forward, the millions of our school children will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural school house, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty. To anyone who truly loves America, nothing could be more inspiring than to contemplate this rededication of our youth, on each school morning, to our country's true meaning. June 14, 1954 - Dwight D. Eisenhower Barack Obama, JD, 44th President of the United States, made the following statements during his keynote address at the Call to Renewal conference held on June 28, 2006: "[A] sense of proportion should also guide those who police the boundaries between church and state. Not every mention of God in public is a breach to the wall of separation - context matters. It is doubtful that children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance feel oppressed or brainwashed as a consequence of muttering the phrase 'under God.' I didn't." June 28, 2006 - Barack Obama
Daniel Pose June 11, 2013 at 08:46 PM
No one should chant the Pledge of Allegiance because it was the origin of the Nazi salute and Nazi behavior. Due to government schools (socialist schools) Americans are ignorant of the fact that the Pledge of Allegiance originally began with a military salute that was then extended out toward the flag - that was the origin of the Nazi salute and Nazi behavior (see the new book "Pledge of Allegiance + Swastika Secrets" by the author Ian Tinny and Dr. Rex Curry). The pledge was written by a socialist to promote socialism and it influenced German socialists and other socialists worldwide. Stop the pledge of allegiance and the USA's police state.

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