St. Louis Park City Council votes to bring back Pledge of Allegiance to meetings

Updated: July 15, 2019 10:49 PM

The St. Louis Park City Council will return to saying the Pledge of Allegiance prior to its meetings.

According to KSTP reporter Brett Hoffland, the council unanimously voted to return the recitation of the pledge at its Monday night meeting.

The pledge debate wasn't even on the agenda for Monday night, but that didn't stop a few hundred people from cramming into city hall to share their opinion on the issue, many coming from St. Louis Park and all across the state. 

"I want to make sure that our traditions continue to be recognized because this is a great country," said Michael Smith, from Eden Prairie. "Our pledge needs to be said."

"I think they're just really trying to think that we're going to go away and ignore it but we're not," said Marni Hocke, from Minneapolis. 

"I agree with the council in that the pledge should not be said before meetings because it might ostracize some people," said Meg McCormick, from St. Louis Park. 

Ultimately, the council felt like they needed to make a decision sooner rather than later. 

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St. Louis Park City Hall flooded with calls after council's Pledge of Allegiance vote

Last month, they voted to eliminate the pledge because some agreed it was an issue of diversity and wanting to make sure everyone felt welcome.

President Donald Trump even weighed in on Twitter saying "people are sick and tired of this stupidity." 

Some on the council became emotional Monday night when they spoke about how they have received death threats. The mayor called this one of the most challenging times for the city. Even though the vote was unanimous, each council member took time to share their thoughts on the controversial topic. 

"I have concluded that I made a mistake and I am sorry," Councilmember Steve Hallfin said. 

"This is America, I pledge allegiance to it. As we strive to have liberty and justice for all, please let us have our liberty here and respect our local control," Councilmember Tim Brausen said. 

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