After a city council in Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minn.) district unanimously voted to dump the Pledge of Allegiance from public meetings, a major backlash is spurring them to reconsider.
Public outrage was triggered following the 5–0 board vote to amend proceedings on June 17, which only took a few minutes with no further discussion in the meeting room at St. Louis Park, Minnesota, located in the district of Omar – the congresswoman who was granted asylum as a Somali refugee and is notorious for her pro-Islam, anti-Semitic and anti-American rants.
Justifying an anti-American policy
St. Louis Park City Council Member Tim Brausen attempted to rationalize the controversial amendment ahead of the vote, playing the “diversity” and “inclusion” card.
“We concluded that in order to create a more welcoming environment to a diverse community, we’re going to forgo saying the Pledge of Allegiance before every meeting,” Brausen explained at the time, according to Fox News. “If we have an appropriate opportunity – if we have a Boy Scout, Color Guards or others in attendance, or if it’s a special occasion – we will consider using the Pledge of Allegiance before the meetings.”
Anne Mavity – the Ward 2 council member in St. Louis Park who sponsored the rules change – argues that the Pledge of Allegiance is not necessary, especially for non-citizens, because it does not reflect the “diverse values” of the city.
"Not everyone who does business with the city or has a conversation is a citizen," Mavity contended, according to KARE 11. "They certainly don't need to come into city council chambers and pledge their allegiance to our country in order to tell us what their input is about a sidewalk in front of their home. We just decided it was something we didn't need to do as a part of every single meeting."
Calls to stem the anti-American tide
A frenzy of opposition to ousting the Pledge of Allegiance from public meetings in the city falling under Omar’s 5th congressional district soon followed the vote, with much of the outrage being voiced via social media.
“If you aren't PROUD to say OUR Pledge of Allegiance, then you should NOT be our Government official,” a Twitter user posted as a response to Minnesota State Republicans tweeting news of the vote. “It is literally pledging allegiance to our United States of America.”
Another posting chided Minnesota citizens for voting such anti-Americans into public office who oppose dedicating oneself to the country where he or she lives.
“Cannot believe one person didn’t oppose this,” one tweet reads. “The citizens who voted these people in should be embarrassed and ashamed of the councilmen and themselves.”
Pamela Geller – a conservative activist and political commentator known for being a vocal opponent of Islamic terrorism – also chimed in over the vote.
“Ilhan Omar’s District 5 Minnesota city council has voted unanimously to stop reciting the Pledge of Allegiance: Disappearing America brick by brick, district by district, city by city … a great, terrible tragedy,” Geller tweeted Thursday.
Robert Spencer – the director of the government watchdog group, Jihad Watch – candidly addressed the real reason behind dropping the pledge from public meetings.
“Minnesota: City council in Ilhan Omar’s Congressional district drops Pledge of Allegiance to avoid offending Muslims,” Spencer tweeted Friday.
Addressing the problem
In response to the backlash, St. Louis Park Mayor Jake Spano addressed public concerns by announcing on social media that his city council will revisit the issue July 8 during its next meeting.
“Historically, when a decision is made by the council, it’s over and we move on, but after hearing from more people than I can count in the last day (many admittedly not from SLP), I asked my colleagues to revisit this decision, and a majority of them agreed,” Spano tweeted Thursday. “[I was] out of the state [when the vote took place, and I’m] not a fan of the proposal.”
However, the local television station noted that previously, Spano gave no indication that he opposed the measure to oust the Pledge of Allegiance, saying it was not a “high priority” for him.
"First, I think there are more substantive things we should be working on to make our city more open and welcoming, and secondly, I’ve always used the last six words, ‘with liberty and justice for all,’ as a reminder to me that not everyone in our community enjoys the benefits of those words, and it’s my job to [do] everything I can to fix that," Spano said in an emailed statement to KARE 11 before the backlash.
Unless a departure from the vote occurs July 8, the new rule proceedings removing the Pledge of Allegiance from public meetings will commence July 15.
Approximately 2,000 miles to the southwest, a turnaround following a similar move at a California college took place earlier this year -- giving reason for many Minnesotan to be optimistic ahead of the July 8 meeting.
“A college reinstat[ed] the Pledge of Allegiance at board meetings after public backlash,” Fox News recounted. “The Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees has backtracked on their decision not to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at meetings after former adjunct instructor Celeste Barber t[ook] a stand.”
Putting Shariah law above the Constitution?
Earlier this year, Judge Jeanine Pirro’s Fox News show was cancelled for implying that Omar was more devoted to Islamic Shariah law than the United States Constitution, as reported by OneNewsNow.
Before her March 9 show, Pirro posed to her audience whether Omar’s wearing of the hijab – a traditional Muslim headscarf – represents her loyalty to Shariah (Islamic) law over American law that she vowed to protect and defend.
“Omar wears the hijab, which according to the Quran 33:59, tells women to cover so they won’t get molested ,” Pirro explained her audience earlier this spring. “Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Shariah law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?”
Since then, Fox reinstated Pirro’s show, and Omar has continued her anti-American and anti-Semitic rhetoric – without punishment – as a member of the United States House of Representatives.