Dane County board votes to keep Pledge of Allegiance at start of meetings

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While traditional religion may have only experienced a brief resurgence after 9/11, patriotism, or civil religion, has experienced a much longer resurgence. A year after the terrorist attacks, Pew Research reported that 62% of individuals felt more patriotic than they had a year earlier. We still see this increase in love for country in the frequency with which we do things like play the national anthem or other patriotic songs like “God Bless the U.S.A.,” stand for the flag at sporting and entertainment events, and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

MADISON, Wis. — The Pledge of Allegiance will remain a part of Dane County board meetings despite an earlier push to remove it.

The county board on Tuesday rejected a proposal put forth by Sup. Heidi Wegleitner to remove the pledge to make meetings more accessible to those who may feel uncomfortable with a reference to God in the text. Wegleitner also said non-citizens may be uncomfortable pledging allegiance to the U.S. flag.

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During Tuesday’s meeting — the first to include new board members elected in the spring election earlier this month — some supervisors argued removing the pledge would dishonor those who have fought for the country’s freedom. Others highlighted that its removal would help streamline meetings.

The proposed amendment also removed the word prayer from an agenda item allowing supervisors to say a prayer or share an inspirational message at the start of meetings. While an effort to keep the word prayer on the agenda failed, supervisors will still be allowed to recite a prayer when tasked with delivering an inspirational message.