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Minneapolis Suburb Restores Pledge of Allegiance

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By    |   Tuesday, 16 July 2019 02:35 PM

The city council of a Minneapolis suburb, St. Louis Park, has voted unanimously to reinstate the Pledge of Allegiance, saying the barrage of criticism over the issue was endangering staff and making it difficult for the city to get work done, the Star Tribune reported.

More than 100 people packed the council chambers Monday night to protest the council’s decision last month to stop reciting the pledge after a similar demonstration took place last week.

President Donald Trump last week got involved in the fight to restore the pledge, tweeting that “Outrage is growing in the Great State of Minnesota where our Patriots are now having to fight for the right to say the Pledge of Allegiance. I will be fighting with you!”

Although the issue of the pledge had not been scheduled to be discussed on Monday, Council Member Thom Miller made a motion to reinstate it, because the city has been flooded with e-mails and phone calls, some that he said endangered city staff and residents.

“There are many from outside of St. Louis Park who are abusing and harassing our city staff, making it very difficult for them to serve the residents and businesses in our city, which is the very reason our local government exists,” Miller said.

One protestor said the council’s initial decision to stop saying the pledge was another freedom “being taken away from us bit by bit.”

“Why take that right away from other Americans who are really proud to be united and indivisible in one nation?” the protestor said. “I think the Pledge of Allegiance celebrates our diversity, that we’re all united.”

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The city council of a Minneapolis suburb, St. Louis Park, has voted unanimously to reinstate the Pledge of Allegiance, saying the barrage of criticism over the issue was endangering staff and making it difficult for the city to get work done, the Star Tribune reported.
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