Wisconsin Democrats Declare War On The Pledge Of Allegiance, Demand ‘Divisive’ Oath Get Axed
A Democrat official and Dane County supervisor is declaring war on the United States Pledge of Allegiance.
Heidi Wegleitner wants to remove the pledge and the word “prayer” from the board rules, which are being redrafted.
“It just doesn’t feel like it’s appropriate for us to be doing, when in a pluralistic society we want to be inclusive and representative,’ Wegleitner told Madison.com. ‘At the end of the day, I think it’s divisive.”
From the Dailymail:
Wegleitner said she looked into which area governmental bodies recite the pledge at the start of meetings and found inconsistencies, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.
Municipalities that do not have the pledge on their agendas include Madison and Waunakee, she said. Other municipalities, such as Fitchburg, Sun Prairie and Verona, include it, according to those cities’ agendas.
Wegleitner drew parallels between refusing to say the pledge to professional athletes taking the knee during the national anthem.
“There’s other ways to show community and shared values,” Wegleitner said.
Other board members don’t share Wegleitner’s view and believe that her proposal would make meetings less inclusive.
“This is all in the same city that is home to the Freedom From Religion Foundation,’ Rockwell said, adding that the county’s religious diversity should be celebrated and not squashed,” Board member Tim Rockwell argued adding that 45% of Dane County attends church.
Wegleitner, is an attorney, mother of one, and has served on the board of Supervisors since 2012. Her proposal is being considered during the next meeting and she is up for re-election.
Wegleitner has vowed that even if her measure is turned down she’s going to keep pushing.
Should the board’s executive committee not endorse Wegleitner’s proposals on Thursday, she intends to reintroduce them before the full board when newly elected supervisors have their organizational meeting after the April 5 election.
With more left-leaning candidates running unopposed throughout the county, the new board could be the most progressive on record.