Pledge of Allegiance Not Welcome?
By Andrew Richter
Ugh Golden Valley……
Council member Steve Schmidgall brought the Pledge up to be informally discussed at the Tuesday, June 11, council/city manager meeting. 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.
“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.”
What is it about the Pledge that disrespects any religion?
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.
Wow that’s a priority!
“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 term “Under God” does not mean that government is endorsing a religion, and the first amendment doesn’t mean that there can be no religious symbols, signs, or references.
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.
A prayer??? My goodness…..
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.”
So saying the pledge is “showy?” How about we rip the flag down or the statue of liberty. Hey we don’t want to be showy….
Schmidgall understandsthat he is not compelled to participate in saying the Pledge at meetings, but said not saying it makes him look and feel awkward.
Awwwww, well everyone needs to feel good…….
Nothing has been determined by the council and the discussion is to come at an informal setting between the council and city staff.
Let’s hope nothing is ever determined. Seriously, don’t you have anything better to do?