Following packed study session, St. Louis Park council weighs decision to drop Pledge of Allegiance

Updated: July 09, 2019 07:22 AM

Tuesday, the St. Louis Park City Council is taking another look at whether to keep the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance before its meetings.

The reconsideration follows a significant public outcry over the recent decision to drop the Pledge of Allegiance.


Monday, during a packed study session, council members and the mayor saw first-hand that this heated topic is far from over.

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"It feels to me like we may have missed a step there and if we had that conversation, we might have been able to hear from our community about how they felt about this action," Mayor Jake Spano said.

Last month, the city council voted to drop the Pledge of Allegiance from its meetings. Many agreed it was an issue of diversity and wanting to make sure everyone felt welcome.

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However, the council said it would revisit the decision after receiving public backlash.

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During the study session Monday, many protested outside city hall and a few stood up to recite the Pledge of Allegiance during the meeting.

"Its a no-brainer," Randal Thom, a Lakefield resident, said. "It should not have even been considered. I think they found out they had a lot more people saying, 'Don't you dare do that.'"

Orono resident Kathleen Bryan agreed.

"I think to take things like this away from the American people, it's very hurtful and it's a tragedy," Bryan said.

Some council members apologized for not including the community in the original decision while others stood their ground.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that he supports those who are protesting the decision to drop the pledge.

"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," Trump wrote. "I will be fighting with you!"

Currently, the council has not set a date to continue talking about the Pledge of Allegiance but members said they do plan to involve the community moving forward.

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