Both the Pledge of Allegiance and the word “prayer” are offensive to the supervisor who submitted a proposal to have them removed in the interest of inclusivity.
- A county supervisor for Dane County in Wisconsin has created a proposal to remove the Pledge of Allegiance and the word “prayer” from their county board meetings, according to The National File.
- Supervisor Heidi Wegleitner said she believes that both are inappropriate for the type of society they want to create.
- Wegleitner cited other Wisconsin municipalities that have done away with reciting the pledge including major cities like Madison, saying that Dane County’s policy was inconsistent, as Fox News reported.
- According to the county supervisor, those who oppose the pledge are much like the athletes who took a knee in support of racial justice during the national anthem.
- “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 said according to Madison.com.
- “At the end of the day, I think it’s divisive … There’s other ways to show community and shared values,” the supervisor went on.
- Board member Tim Rockwell said in opposition to the measure, “This is all in the same city that is home to the Freedom from Religion Foundation.”
- The board’s executive committee will consider Wegleitner’s suggestion during its meeting on Thursday, with a final decision expected by April 5.
- Madison.com projects that the upcoming board will likely be “the most progressive on record.”