A Minnesota city council’s decision to stop reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of its meetings drew protesters Monday night.
The City Council of St. Louis Park, a Minneapolis suburb, made the controversial decision in a unanimous vote June 17 in an effort to serve a more “diverse community,” FoxNews.com reported.
On Monday night, the council met to reconsider the rule, drawing nearly 100 protesters who waved American flags and chanted “USA!”
St. Louis Park is represented in Congress by freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Muslim who came to the United States as a refugee from Somalia. In a recent speech to high school students, she slammed America as unjust.
The City Council’s change is scheduled to go into effect next week. No decision was reached at the meeting on reinstating the pledge, FoxNews.com reported.
Council Member Tim Brausen explained the council “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.”
The council member who sponsored the rule change, Anne Mavity, told KARE-TV in Minneapolis she didn’t believe saying the pledge was necessary, especially for non-citizens.
“Not everyone who does business with the city or has a conversation is a citizen,” she 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.”
On Wednesday morning, Minnesota GOP chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan told “Fox & Friends” she attended the meeting Monday night and heard “disturbing” statements from the council members.
She said Council Member Brausen reacted to the protests by saying Minnesotans appear to be upset because the council is “playing with their hallowed traditions.”
“So it was just this air of superiority and very disturbing all around,” she said.
Last August, an Atlanta charter school principal decided students would no longer recite the Pledge of Allegiance in “an effort to begin our day as a fully inclusive and connected community.”