City Council Gets Rid Of Pledge Of Allegiance, Claims It's Been 'Weaponized'

The St. Louis Park City Council voted 5 to 0 to stop saying the Pledge of Allegiance at their meetings.

St. Louis Park, MN – The St. Louis Park City Council voted to drop the Pledge of Allegiance from their meeting agenda out of fear that the tradition was scaring away new residents in their community.

“Unfortunately, some of us feel like patriotism has been so politicized that it’s almost used as a weapon against people,” St. Louis Park City Councilman Tim Brausen told the Star Tribune.

Councilwoman Anne Mavity said that about half the cities in Minnesota don’t use the pledge at city council meetings when she proposed the measure.

But a fact check by the Star Tribune found that in the metro area, only Minneapolis and Edina had dropped the Pledge of Allegiance.

Blaine, Brooklyn Center, Burnsville, Duluth, Eden Prairie, Mankato, Maplewood, Rochester, St. Cloud, St. Paul, Stillwater, and Wayzata still begin meetings with the pledge, the Star Tribune reported.

The St. Louis Park City Council voted 5 to 0, with little discussion about the measure, at a meeting on June 17.

Initially, the matter had been placed on the “consent agenda” of items to be approved without debate, the Star Tribune reported.

However, Brausen said he pulled it off that agenda in order to ensure transparency.

He said he wasn’t aware of any complaints the council had received about saying the pledge, but said the meaning had changed since they had started saying it during the Iran hostage crisis in 1980, the Star Tribune reported.

St. Louis Park Mayor Jake Spano missed the meeting and the vote, but said that if he had been there, he would have voted against doing away with the Pledge of Allegiance.

“While I’ve never been a fan of doing things just because that’s the way things have always been done, I’ve always used the last six words [of the pledge] — ‘With liberty and justice for all’ — as a reminder to me that we need to make our community more open and welcoming for all our neighbors, not just a select few,” Spano said.

Some residents were furious about the council’s change to future agendas.

Longtime St. Louis Park resident Dennis Moran said that he hadn’t heard about any complaints about the pledge from the community, the Star Tribune reported.

“It’s always been tradition here since I’ve been watching the City Council meetings back in the late ’80s. They’ve always done the Pledge of Allegiance. It’s kind of automatic, or traditional,” Moran said.

Resident Patti Carlson called the move by the city council “obnoxious,” according to the Star Tribune.

“My fear for this council is that it’s all about image and not substance,” Carlson said.

She said her grandparents wanted to become Americans when they immigrated to the United States and criticized the council’s desire to eliminate part of their history, the Star Tribune reported.

“I hope it’s not too controversial,” Brausen defended the council’s decision. “Our community tends to be a very welcoming and increasingly diverse community, and we believe our citizens will understand. I don’t think we’re going to be any less welcoming by not starting our meeting out with the standard ritual.”

He said he was concerned that the pledge was intimidating to newer residents because of the controversy surrounding immigration in Washington, DC, the Star Tribune reported.

“We’ve had some racial equity initiatives going on in the city of St. Louis Park for a while where we’re trying to get more diverse communities and historically less engaged communities to come and participate in our public process,” he said. “Given the current Washington politics that are going on now, there’s a lot of people that are afraid of our government, and we worry about that.”

The change will go into effect on July 15, the Star Tribune reported.

Comments (120)
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LunaMay
LunaMay

So the pledge of allegiance is now racist? Smh I have no words. What on earth is happening??! 🤦🏾‍♀️

Sivispace
Sivispace

More useful idiots doing Karl Marx’s bidding. God I miss the days when we stood for the flag and clapped when the State Troopers visited. I miss the shiny black Sam Browne belts and the deep blue Smith and Wesson wheel guns and the bullets that ran around the belt. They were an awesome presence and I learned to respect our Republic and legitimate authority.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

It's crap! They know it's crap! They're not pledging to a governor, a Congressman, or even a president! They're making a pledge to our UNITED STATES and the legal citizens they represent! A pledge to our military, or law officer, our judicial system as well as our first responder! Maybe these councilmen and women need replacing if they can't remember who the hell they represent!!!

Michael Bryant
Michael Bryant

I bet as RC Root Beer and a Moon Pie that is democraps.... Still making them and there town anti-American.... Hope 30 bus loads pull in and unload the invaders of the USA. They are trying to change Americans values to seek there useless way and take over tuning the country. Move there, not even if they gave a 2 million dollar home.. They are not worth living... These people need to move to other countries that are crap holes.

elonwilrn
elonwilrn

I have no words for their STUPIDITY! SMH

Sailor
Sailor

Where do these idiots come from? I utterly despise and hate these people.

The express
The express

So I see Anne Mavity is just another fucking lying POS in city Government . When are you people going to stop voting for scumbag democrats.

LEO0301
LEO0301

You won't recognize this country in another 25 years. Next to go is our flag.

Mimi54
Mimi54

Unreal and stupidity at it's finest!

CowGurlUP
CowGurlUP

Communism at its best!!!!

RunCop
RunCop

Liberal scum

unclebubby
unclebubby

The pussification of America continues

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

What new residents are they afraid will stay away, Muslims?? Who really gives a S#*T about them. If they're offended they should have stayed in their country.

JBo
JBo

"But a fact check by the Star Tribune found ..."

Can't let facts stand in the way of an agenda, don't you know that?

javaguy746
javaguy746

With so many municipalities doing such stupid things against The proud American it is getting hard to find a place to spend our money with the cities that really want the American citizen. This just makes another area to steer clear of. Kinda like the west coast.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

This story has nothing to do with Blue Lives mattering.

Bud
Bud

I hate politicians so much, they will do anything for a vote!

graybeard421
graybeard421

So, dropping the Pledge of Allegiance isn't "weaponizing" it?

junkmansj
junkmansj

I would go to every meeting and before they started i would stand up and recite it! LOUD!

junkmansj
junkmansj

Minnesota they are afraid of the Moo Slimes will get upset and call omar

investigator
investigator

I am glad i'm old.....but I'm sad for my grand and great grandchildren. They will never know the joy that I experienced growing up in a greät Country, where you appreciated and respected .....The Pledge, The Flag, Law Enforcement, religions, your neighbors........and your parents!

OldVet
OldVet

Minnesota is rapidly becoming nothing more than third world state.

lovepatsy
lovepatsy

lol Fools. Saying the Pledge of Allegiance is scaring away new residents? What anti-American residents? Who are these poor people being scared away?

NFPD103
NFPD103

Total BS the residents need to call out these clowns, In 1923, the National Flag Conference called for the words "my Flag" to be changed to "the Flag of the United States," so that new immigrants would not confuse loyalties between their birth countries and the US. The words "of America" were added a year later. Congress officially recognized the Pledge for the first time, in the following form, on June 22, 1942, Make no mistake these 5 elected officials are pandering to a small group. this kind of unamerican behavior needs to be addressed by the residents and made clear to these employees of theirs that the change is not needed or welcomed.

Justice4us
Justice4us

More of the socialist agenda. Attack everything that is American. Make everything racist, sexist, etc. United states of Political Correctness.

Bill Kay
Bill Kay

They took an oath! If they voted against the Pledge they should be stripped of their position.

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

These people make me sick. Brausen "feels" that the Pledge of Allegiance "may be" scaring people away because of the immigration issues coming out of Washington. What about the people who are proud of the Pledge of Allegiance and what this country stands for. Why don't the care about how people feel that government officials like them are more concerned about offending people in this country illegally then they are about American citizens who are footing the bills for these criminals? My husband served this country for 20 yrs in the USAF, my son served in the Navy and we are a solid blue family still serving our communities and that Pledge stands for everything that is good about this country. Why is it that NO one complained or worried about the Pledge of Allegiance when Obama, Bush, Clinton etc were in office? These people have a mental illness and it is destroying the very essence of this country.

sugar pop
sugar pop

Idiots.

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

Sorry, but you spelled "Minnesotastan" wrong, again. Liberalism is a Serious Mental Illness, Please help us find a cure for Liberalism.

bluedog_2g2
bluedog_2g2

With all the real problems facing communities, these days, why would this town seek to create then resolve a non-existent problem. There had been no complaints about reciting the pledge, so why is it even an issue. This is the USA, we respect the flag, recite the pledge and sing our national anthem. If newcomers are offended because we love and respect our country, with it's traditions and customs, then so be it.

magnumforc
magnumforc

PLEASE...don't let the door to my country hit you in the ass as you leave!

Winddancer436
Winddancer436

These people are heathens, hypocrites and most of all COWARDLY!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

The comments on this thread pretty much prove the council's point, don't they?

Cops kid
Cops kid

These penis wrinkles where actually VOTED into office ??? Says quite a bit about the population of town.

IronRick
IronRick

St. Louis is just a DRIVE THRU city. Pretty much just like any DEMOCRAT CITY.

Sivaas_
Sivaas_

Why not... Brownies destroying America every chance they get AND getting trillions of taxpayer's dollars for something their parasitic asses never had to endure. Way past time for fixing.

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Just saw on Fox that they are discovering this wasn't one of their better ideas, not that they ever had a good idea. 🙄

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

How sad the City of St Louis Park caved......big bunch of cowards. Actually, I sincerely believe MOST of the citizens in this country say the pledge in their hearts every day, knowing that we are "one nation under God with liberty and justice for all". Why the heck do you think others are coming here? They get just about everything free, they're free to protest our flag and what it stands for and ruin it for everyone who was born and works here. We have become a nation where the civic leaders are afraid to stand up and say what is honest and true, afraid to look bad or hurt someones feelings, lawsuits that are crap based to put it mildly. Get your heads out of that dark place and stand up for what's right

Propolice
Propolice

Let’s get rid of the City Council and get some Americans in there instead of pussies who are afraid to admit “ We the people” still love and respect our Country 🤬

jimmer1
jimmer1

I think the best thing to do is inundate them with phone calls and let them know how wrong this is!!!! Mayor Jake Spano, mayorjakespano@gmail.com 952.649.0315 City council Phone 952.924.2500 info@stlouispark.org

Truthrulestheday
Truthrulestheday

As long as there continues to be liberals elected to promote radical, liberal agendas, you will have this kind of anti-American nonsense dictated. I wait for the day that liberals wake up & realize what they’ve created; but it may well be too late!

Kevcali
Kevcali

As the fall of American values continues, next they will ban civility and morality

Disillusioned61
Disillusioned61

How bout GTFO of my country? Forthwith.

Raidergsmith
Raidergsmith

I say while we're at it lets stop flying three American flag and quit speaking English. We can all learn Spanish and fly Africa's flag or any number of other non-American flags. Liberals are truly destroying this country.

CRETE GARY
CRETE GARY

Who cares.Most people do not notice what goes on in these meetings any way.It does not scare away anyone.

PAC416
PAC416

This is so sad on so many levels. God, please bless our country. We need help.

usac95
usac95

let me guess pressure\ from the huge Muslim populations next you will be have Quran readings

Fisher68
Fisher68

This is an outright slam to our Country, do you people really think this is the way to appease these immigrants ? Shame on all 5 of you for showing absolutely NO SPINE !!!

Judgesson
Judgesson

These azzholes are completely out of touch with America.

These miscreants cater to every Rag which is moving into MN and MI.

Every American Citizen should call for a Recall vote in this town and let them cater at the local soup kitchen for their meals.
MAGA-KAG TRUMP 2020

cspcapt
cspcapt

What is next our constitution, because it offends some idiot