Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Fayette Councilman Opposes Pledge

Fayette, Iowa city council has been asked by the Fayette American Legion to begin each session with the Pledge of Allegiance

(WCFCourrier.com: Fayette council delays decision on Pledge of Allegiance)

One councilman, Doug McReynolds, opposes the meaure, claiming that he took an oath to uphold the Constitution and does not need to renew it twice a month. He is coming up against a counter argument that says if children in school can say the Pledge daily, then the Council can say the pledge twice a month (when it meets).

Another, stronger argument that McReynold used was that the the Council represented all citizens. It is easy to start with that foundation and point out how the Pledge denigrates anybody who does not support 'one nation under God' in the same way it denigrates anybody who does not support 'liberty and justice for all'.

I view incidents like this as opportunities to inject some of the moral arguments that I have written about into the public debate. I think that Mr. McReynolds deserves a word or two of support.

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