Pledge of Allegiance voted back into St. Louis Park City Council meetings

Pledge was removed from meetings in June

Mark Freie
July 16, 2019 - 5:20 am

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In a 7-0 vote Monday night, the St. Louis Park City Council voted to reinstate the saying of the Pledge of Allegiance prior to council meetings. This follows last month's vote to remove it from council meetings, which brought local and national scrutiny.

The pledge was not initially on the Monday night's agenda.

However, a large crowd gathered inside the chambers, which became a battleground between those against and in-favor of the council's decision.

Five council members voted in June to remove the Pledge of Allegiance to create a "more welcoming" community. Councilman Thom Miller said outside influencers had been threatening St. Lous Park residents and government officials.

"Some people from outside our city have been abusing, harassing, even boarderlineg threatening our residents and city staff," Miller said. "I'm genuinely concerned about the safety and productivity of our city staff and residents, so that is why I'm making this motion to reinstate the Pledge of Allegiance."

Mayor Jake Spano stated the last month may have been the community's most challenging in nearly four decades.

"I agree with my colleagues that our work needs to continue," Spano said. "For the last month this is largely all that we've dealt with."

The St. Louis Park City Council plans to visit with residents about what they'd like to see at future meetings.

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